Head-To-Head Review: Petrobras Argentina (PZE) vs. Enerplus (ERF)

Share on StockTwits

Petrobras Argentina (NYSE:PZE) and Enerplus (NYSE:ERF) 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, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, risk and dividends.

Risk and Volatility

Petrobras Argentina has a beta of 1.32, indicating that its share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Enerplus has a beta of 1.31, indicating that its share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Petrobras Argentina and Enerplus, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Petrobras Argentina 0 0 0 0 N/A
Enerplus 0 0 3 0 3.00

Enerplus has a consensus price target of $16.67, indicating a potential upside of 82.35%. Given Enerplus’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Enerplus is more favorable than Petrobras Argentina.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Petrobras Argentina and Enerplus’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Petrobras Argentina $2.70 billion 0.85 $247.00 million N/A N/A
Enerplus $709.92 million 3.15 $182.82 million $0.80 11.43

Petrobras Argentina has higher revenue and earnings than Enerplus.


Enerplus pays an annual dividend of $0.09 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Petrobras Argentina does not pay a dividend. Enerplus pays out 11.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

4.0% of Petrobras Argentina shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.2% of Enerplus 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.


This table compares Petrobras Argentina and Enerplus’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Petrobras Argentina N/A N/A N/A
Enerplus 7.88% 8.84% 5.28%


Enerplus beats Petrobras Argentina on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Petrobras Argentina Company Profile

Petrobras Argentina S.A. operates as an integrated energy company. It operates through four segments: Electricity Distribution, Oil and Gas, Refining and Distribution, and Petrochemicals. The Electricity Distribution segment engages in the distribution of electricity. As of December 31, 2016, this segment served an area of 4,637 square kilometers and approximately 2.9 million customers. The Oil and Gas segment engages in the oil and gas exploration and production businesses. Its combined crude oil and natural gas proved reserves included 143.9 million barrels of oil equivalent. The Refining and Distribution segment engages in the exploration, production, refining, and distribution of crude oil and gas. It also produces gasoline, diesel, fuel oil, asphalts, and liquefied gases. This segment operated a network of 263 gas stations, including 79 owned gas stations and 184 franchised gas stations. The Petrochemicals segment produces and sells a range of products, such as intermediate gasoline, aromatic solvents, hexane and other hydrogenated paraffinic solvents, propellants for the cosmetic industry, monomer styrene, rubbers, and polymers. The company was formerly known as Petrobras Energia S.A. and changed its name to Petrobras Argentina, S.A. in July 2010. The company was founded in 1946 and is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Petrobras Argentina SA operates as a subsidiary of Petrobras Participaciones, S.L.

Enerplus Company Profile

Enerplus Corporation, together with subsidiaries, engages in the exploration and development of crude oil and natural gas in the United States and Canada. Its crude oil properties are located in the Fort Berthold region of North Dakota and the Elm Coulee field in Richland County, Montana; and crude oil Waterfloods in Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada. The company's natural gas area primarily consists of its non-operated Marcellus shale gas interests located in northeastern Pennsylvania. Enerplus Corporation was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

Receive News & Ratings for Petrobras Argentina Daily - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings for Petrobras Argentina and related companies with MarketBeat.com's FREE daily email newsletter.

Leave a Reply