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

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Statoil ASA and YPF Sociedad Anonima’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Statoil ASA $55.12 billion 1.13 $18.51 billion ($0.24) -80.12
YPF Sociedad Anonima $13.11 billion 0.60 $3.49 billion ($4.85) -4.16

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

Profitability

This table compares Statoil ASA and YPF Sociedad Anonima’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%
YPF Sociedad Anonima -12.86% -4.17% -1.18%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

5.0% of Statoil ASA shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.4% of YPF Sociedad Anonima shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Statoil ASA pays an annual dividend of $0.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. YPF Sociedad Anonima pays an annual dividend of $0.07 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. Statoil ASA pays out -291.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. YPF Sociedad Anonima pays out -1.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Statoil ASA has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years. Statoil ASA is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Risk & Volatility

Statoil ASA has a beta of 0.97, indicating that its share price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, YPF Sociedad Anonima has a beta of 2.13, indicating that its share price is 113% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Statoil ASA and YPF Sociedad Anonima, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Statoil ASA 4 7 5 0 2.06
YPF Sociedad Anonima 1 0 2 0 2.33

Statoil ASA currently has a consensus target price of $17.67, suggesting a potential downside of 8.13%. YPF Sociedad Anonima has a consensus target price of $23.17, suggesting a potential upside of 14.86%. Given YPF Sociedad Anonima’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe YPF Sociedad Anonima is more favorable than Statoil ASA.

Summary

Statoil ASA beats YPF Sociedad Anonima on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Statoil ASA

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.

About YPF Sociedad Anonima

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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