Contrasting VOC Energy Trust (VOC) and Petrobras Argentina (NYSE:PZE)

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for VOC Energy Trust and Petrobras Argentina, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
VOC Energy Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A
Petrobras Argentina 0 0 0 0 N/A

Risk & Volatility

VOC Energy Trust has a beta of 0.86, meaning that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Petrobras Argentina has a beta of 1.28, meaning that its stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
VOC Energy Trust 89.92% 10.29% 10.29%
Petrobras Argentina N/A N/A N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares VOC Energy Trust and Petrobras Argentina’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
VOC Energy Trust $5.75 million 17.50 $4.84 million $0.50 11.84
Petrobras Argentina $1.97 billion 1.39 -$1.00 million ($0.04) -339.75

VOC Energy Trust has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Petrobras Argentina. Petrobras Argentina 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.

Dividends

VOC Energy Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.38 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.4%. Petrobras Argentina does not pay a dividend. VOC Energy Trust pays out 76.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

8.3% of VOC Energy Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 3.6% of Petrobras Argentina shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

VOC Energy Trust beats Petrobras Argentina on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Petrobras Argentina Company Profile

Petrobras Argentina SA, formerly Petrobras Energia SA, is an Argentina-based company primarily engaged in the petroleum refining sector. The Company’s activities are structured in four business segments: Oil and Gas Exploration and Production, including the acquisition, exploration, exploitation and maintenance of oil and gas reserves; Refining and Distribution, processing and marketing of petroleum products; Petrochemicals, comprising the production of styrene, polystyrene, bi-oriented polystyrene (BOPS) and synthetic rubber; as well as Gas and Energy, providing gas distribution, as well as fossil fuel and hydroelectric power energy generation. Its petroleum products include lubricants, diesel fuel, compressed natural gas (CNG) and asphalts, among others. The Company has operations established in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Mexico and Spain, among others. The Company is owned by Petrobras Participaciones SL. It operates throught Albares Renovables Argentina SA.

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