Cosan (CZZ) vs. Its Competitors Critical Review

Cosan (NYSE: CZZ) is one of 35 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Cosan to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Cosan and its rivals’ 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 -2.44% 3.16% 1.54%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cosan and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Cosan $3.59 billion $79.64 million N/A
Cosan Competitors $41.83 billion $699.52 million 276.01

Cosan’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Cosan.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

41.7% of Cosan shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.0% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are owned by institutional investors. 11.7% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Cosan pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.2% and pay out 419.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Cosan and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cosan 0 1 1 0 2.50
Cosan Competitors 390 1814 2396 115 2.47

As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 6.12%. Given Cosan’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Cosan has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Volatility & Risk

Cosan has a beta of 2.36, indicating that its stock price is 136% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cosan’s rivals have a beta of 1.33, indicating that their average stock price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Cosan rivals 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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