Critical Survey: Petrobras Argentina (NYSE:PZE) & Its Competitors

Petrobras Argentina (NYSE: PZE) is one of 20 publicly-traded companies in the “Integrated Oil & Gas” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Petrobras Argentina to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, risk, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends and institutional ownership.

Volatility & Risk

Petrobras Argentina has a beta of 1.29, indicating that its stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Petrobras Argentina’s rivals have a beta of 1.35, indicating that their average stock price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Petrobras Argentina and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Petrobras Argentina $1.97 billion -$1.00 million -340.25
Petrobras Argentina Competitors $78.29 billion $113.43 million -201.99

Petrobras Argentina’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Petrobras Argentina. Petrobras Argentina is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

40.5% of shares of all “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies are owned by institutional investors. 9.8% of shares of all “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Petrobras Argentina and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Petrobras Argentina 0 0 0 0 N/A
Petrobras Argentina Competitors 221 682 801 31 2.37

As a group, “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies have a potential upside of 16.24%. Given Petrobras Argentina’s rivals higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Petrobras Argentina has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares Petrobras Argentina and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Petrobras Argentina N/A N/A N/A
Petrobras Argentina Competitors -7.45% 2.54% 1.05%

Summary

Petrobras Argentina rivals beat Petrobras Argentina on 9 of the 10 factors compared.

Petrobras Argentina Company Profile

Petrobras Argentina SA, formerly Petrobras Energia SA, is an Argentina-based company primarily engaged in the petroleum refining sector. The Company’s activities are structured in four business segments: Oil and Gas Exploration and Production, including the acquisition, exploration, exploitation and maintenance of oil and gas reserves; Refining and Distribution, processing and marketing of petroleum products; Petrochemicals, comprising the production of styrene, polystyrene, bi-oriented polystyrene (BOPS) and synthetic rubber; as well as Gas and Energy, providing gas distribution, as well as fossil fuel and hydroelectric power energy generation. Its petroleum products include lubricants, diesel fuel, compressed natural gas (CNG) and asphalts, among others. The Company has operations established in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Mexico and Spain, among others. The Company is owned by Petrobras Participaciones SL. It operates throught Albares Renovables Argentina SA.

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