Statoil ASA (NYSE: STO) and VOC Energy Trust (NYSE:VOC) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

5.0% of Statoil ASA shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 7.7% of VOC Energy Trust shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Statoil ASA has a beta of 0.99, indicating that its stock price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, VOC Energy Trust has a beta of 0.8, indicating that its stock price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Statoil ASA and VOC Energy Trust’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Statoil ASA $55.12 billion 1.08 $18.51 billion ($0.24) -76.66
VOC Energy Trust $7.34 million 8.36 $8.16 million $0.48 7.52

Statoil ASA has higher revenue and earnings than VOC Energy Trust. Statoil ASA is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than VOC Energy Trust, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Statoil ASA and VOC Energy Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Statoil ASA -1.32% 5.61% 1.93%
VOC Energy Trust 90.57% 9.65% 9.65%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Statoil ASA and VOC Energy Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Statoil ASA 3 4 5 0 2.17
VOC Energy Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A

Statoil ASA currently has a consensus target price of $18.50, suggesting a potential upside of 0.54%. Given Statoil ASA’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Statoil ASA is more favorable than VOC Energy Trust.

Dividends

Statoil ASA pays an annual dividend of $0.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. VOC Energy Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.2%. Statoil ASA pays out -291.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. VOC Energy Trust pays out 91.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Statoil ASA has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Summary

Statoil ASA beats VOC Energy Trust on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Statoil ASA Company Profile

Statoil ASA (Statoil) is an energy company. The Company is engaged in oil and gas exploration and production activities. The Company’s segments include Development and Production Norway (DPN), Development and Production International (DPI), Marketing, Midstream and Processing (MMP) and Other. DPN segment manages the Company’s upstream activities on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) and explores for and extracts crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids. DPI segment manages the Company’s upstream activities that are not included in the DPN and Development and Production USA (DPUSA) business areas. MMP segment manages its marketing and trading activities related to oil products and natural gas, transportation, processing and manufacturing, and the development of oil and gas. Other segment includes activities in New Energy Solutions (NES), Technology, Projects and Drilling (TPD), Global Strategy and Business Development (GSB), and Corporate staffs and support functions.

VOC Energy Trust Company Profile

VOC Energy Trust is a statutory trust formed by VOC Brazos Energy Partners, L.P. (VOC Brazos). The business and affairs of the Company are managed by The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., as trustee. The Company was created to acquire and hold the net profits interest for the benefit of its unitholders. VOC Brazos’ properties include interests in approximately 820 gross producing wells covering over 91,490 gross acres. VOC Brazos’ properties are developed properties located in oil and natural gas producing regions of Kansas and Texas. VOC Brazos’ fields in the Central Kansas Uplift include Fairport Field, Chase-Silica Field and Marcotte Field. VOC Brazos’ fields in Western Kansas include the Bindley, Moore-Johnson and Wesley fields. VOC Brazos’ fields in South Central Kansas include the Gerberding, Spivey Grabs and Alford fields. VOC Brazos’ proved reserved in Texas are located in the Central Texas and East Texas areas.

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