Centennial Res (NASDAQ: CDEV) and Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras (NYSE:PBR.A) are both mid-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

97.4% of Centennial Res shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 4.6% of Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras shares are owned by institutional investors. 44.7% of Centennial Res shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Centennial Res and Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Centennial Res 0 2 12 0 2.86
Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras 0 1 0 0 2.00

Centennial Res presently has a consensus price target of $22.62, suggesting a potential upside of 23.04%. Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras has a consensus price target of $10.00, suggesting a potential upside of Infinity. Given Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras is more favorable than Centennial Res.

Profitability

This table compares Centennial Res and Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Centennial Res N/A -8.27% -7.48%
Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras -3.63% 5.00% 1.62%

Risk & Volatility

Centennial Res has a beta of 2.07, meaning that its stock price is 107% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras has a beta of 2.66, meaning that its stock price is 166% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Centennial Res and Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Centennial Res $212.53 million 22.20 $133.00 million N/A N/A
Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras N/A N/A N/A ($0.47) N/A

Centennial Res has higher revenue and earnings than Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras.

Summary

Centennial Res beats Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Centennial Res Company Profile

Centennial Resource Development, Inc. is an independent oil and natural gas company. The Company is focused on the development of unconventional oil and associated liquids-rich natural gas reserves in the Permian Basin. The Company’s assets are concentrated in the Delaware Basin, a sub-basin of the Permian Basin. Its properties consist of large, contiguous acreage blocks in Reeves, Ward and Pecos counties in West Texas. As of December 31, 2016, the Company held approximately 92% membership interest in Centennial Resource Production, LLC (CRP). As of December 31, 2016, its portfolio included 106 operated producing horizontal wells. The horizontal wells span an area of approximately 45 miles long by 20 miles wide where it had commercial production in five zones: the 3rd Bone Spring Sandstone, Upper Wolfcamp A, Lower Wolfcamp A, Wolfcamp B and Wolfcamp C.

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras Company Profile

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.-Petrobras specializes in the oil, natural gas and energy industry. The Company is engaged in prospecting, drilling, refining, processing, trading and transporting crude oil from producing onshore and offshore oil fields and from shale or other rocks. Its segments include Exploration and Production, which covers the activities of exploration, development and production of crude oil, natural gas liquid and natural gas; Refining, Transportation and Marketing, which covers the refining, logistics, transport and trading of crude oil and oil products activities, exporting of ethanol, and extraction and processing of shale; Gas and Power, which is engaged in transportation and trading of natural gas produced in Brazil and imported natural gas; Biofuels, which covers the activities of production of biodiesel and its co-products, and ethanol-related activities; Distribution, which includes the activities of its subsidiary Petrobras Distribuidora S.A., and Corporate.

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