ENI S.p.A. (NYSE: E) and YPF Sociedad Anonima (NYSE:YPF) are both mid-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares ENI S.p.A. and YPF Sociedad Anonima’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ENI S.p.A. $74.04 billion 0.77 $13.07 billion $0.41 76.10
YPF Sociedad Anonima $12.95 billion 0.63 $3.44 billion ($4.85) -4.25

ENI S.p.A. has higher revenue and earnings than YPF Sociedad Anonima. YPF Sociedad Anonima is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ENI S.p.A., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares ENI S.p.A. and YPF Sociedad Anonima’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ENI S.p.A. 1.14% 2.23% 0.94%
YPF Sociedad Anonima -12.85% -4.12% -1.16%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for ENI S.p.A. and YPF Sociedad Anonima, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ENI S.p.A. 4 3 4 0 2.00
YPF Sociedad Anonima 1 0 2 0 2.33

YPF Sociedad Anonima has a consensus price target of $23.17, indicating a potential upside of 12.30%. Given YPF Sociedad Anonima’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe YPF Sociedad Anonima is more favorable than ENI S.p.A..

Insider and Institutional Ownership

1.7% of ENI S.p.A. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 30.5% of YPF Sociedad Anonima shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

ENI S.p.A. has a beta of 0.77, meaning that its stock price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, YPF Sociedad Anonima has a beta of 2.14, meaning that its stock price is 114% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

ENI S.p.A. pays an annual dividend of $1.27 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.1%. YPF Sociedad Anonima pays an annual dividend of $0.07 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. ENI S.p.A. pays out 309.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. YPF Sociedad Anonima pays out -1.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

ENI S.p.A. beats YPF Sociedad Anonima on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

ENI S.p.A. Company Profile

Eni SpA (Eni) is an Italy-based company engaged in the exploration, development and production of hydrocarbons, in the supply and marketing of gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and power, in the refining and marketing of petroleum products, in the production and marketing of basic petrochemicals, plastics and elastomers and in commodity trading. The Company’s segments include Exploration & Production, Gas & Power, and Refining & Marketing. Its Exploration & Production segment engages in oil and natural gas exploration and field development and production, as well as LNG operations in over 40 countries, including Italy, Libya, Egypt, Norway, the United Kingdom, Angola, Congo, Nigeria, the United States, Kazakhstan, Algeria, Australia, Venezuela, Iraq, Ghana and Mozambique. Its Gas & Power segment engages in supply, trading and marketing of gas, LNG and electricity, international gas transport activities and commodity trading and derivatives.

YPF Sociedad Anonima Company Profile

YPF Sociedad Anonima (YPF) is an energy company. The Company is operating a fully integrated oil and gas chain. The Company operates through the segments, including Exploration and Production, Downstream, and Corporate and Other. The Company’s Exploration and Production segment includes exploration and production activities, natural gas and crude oil purchases, sales of natural gas, and to a lesser extent crude oil, to third parties and intersegment sales of crude oil, natural gas and its byproducts. The Company’s Downstream segment is engaged in the refining, transport, purchase of crude oil and natural gas from third parties and intersegment sales, and marketing of crude oil, natural gas, refined products, petrochemicals, electric power generation and natural gas distribution. The Company’s Corporate and Other segment carries out other activities.

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