Cosan (NYSE: CZZ) is one of 37 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Cosan to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Cosan and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cosan 0 1 1 0 2.50
Cosan Competitors 389 1880 2502 116 2.48

As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 10.21%. Given Cosan’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Cosan has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Volatility & Risk

Cosan has a beta of 2.36, indicating that its share price is 136% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cosan’s competitors have a beta of 1.31, indicating that their average share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Cosan and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Cosan $3.59 billion $79.64 million 29.94
Cosan Competitors $40.29 billion $686.61 million 242.80

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

Profitability

This table compares Cosan and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cosan 1.65% 0.72% 0.22%
Cosan Competitors -1.29% 3.41% 1.67%

Dividends

Cosan pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Cosan pays out 25.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.4% and pay out 378.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

41.9% of Cosan shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.1% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are owned by institutional investors. 11.0% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Cosan competitors beat Cosan on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

Cosan Company Profile

Cosan Limited (Cosan) is a holding company. The Company’s segments include Raizen Energia, Raizen Combustiveis, COMGAS, Cosan Logistica, Lubricants and Other business. The Company’s other business include other investments, in addition to the corporate activities. The Company offers Logistics services, including transportation, port loading and storage of sugar, leasing or lending of locomotives, wagons and other railway equipment, through its subsidiaries Rumo Logistica Operadora Multimodal S.A. (Rumo), logistic segment (Logistic). The Company is also engaged in production and distribution of lubricants, through its indirect subsidiaries Cosan Lubrificantes e Especialidades S.A. (Moove) and Comma Oil & Chemicals Ltd. (Comma), under the Mobil licensed trademark in Brazil, Bolivia, Uruguay and Paraguay, in addition to the European and Asian market using the Comma brand and corporate activities (Lubricants).

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