Statoil ASA (NYSE: STO) and TotalFinaElf, (NYSE:TOT) are both large-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, risk, earnings and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Statoil ASA pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.0%. TotalFinaElf, pays an annual dividend of $2.34 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.5%. Statoil ASA pays out -316.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. TotalFinaElf, pays out 80.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Statoil ASA has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

5.0% of Statoil ASA shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 6.2% of TotalFinaElf, shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Statoil ASA has a beta of 0.99, indicating that its stock price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TotalFinaElf, has a beta of 0.76, indicating that its stock price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Statoil ASA and TotalFinaElf,, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Statoil ASA 3 4 5 0 2.17
TotalFinaElf, 0 9 4 1 2.43

Statoil ASA currently has a consensus price target of $18.50, indicating a potential downside of 2.43%. TotalFinaElf, has a consensus price target of $53.00, indicating a potential upside of 2.08%. Given TotalFinaElf,’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe TotalFinaElf, is more favorable than Statoil ASA.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Statoil ASA and TotalFinaElf,’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Statoil ASA $55.12 billion 1.11 $18.51 billion ($0.24) -79.00
TotalFinaElf, $139.27 billion 0.96 $21.80 billion $2.91 17.84

TotalFinaElf, has higher revenue and earnings than Statoil ASA. Statoil ASA is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than TotalFinaElf,, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Statoil ASA and TotalFinaElf,’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Statoil ASA -1.32% 5.61% 1.93%
TotalFinaElf, 4.59% 9.07% 4.11%

Summary

TotalFinaElf, beats Statoil ASA on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Statoil ASA

Statoil ASA (Statoil) is an energy company. The Company is engaged in oil and gas exploration and production activities. The Company’s segments include Development and Production Norway (DPN), Development and Production International (DPI), Marketing, Midstream and Processing (MMP) and Other. DPN segment manages the Company’s upstream activities on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) and explores for and extracts crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids. DPI segment manages the Company’s upstream activities that are not included in the DPN and Development and Production USA (DPUSA) business areas. MMP segment manages its marketing and trading activities related to oil products and natural gas, transportation, processing and manufacturing, and the development of oil and gas. Other segment includes activities in New Energy Solutions (NES), Technology, Projects and Drilling (TPD), Global Strategy and Business Development (GSB), and Corporate staffs and support functions.

About TotalFinaElf,

Total S.A. (Total) is an oil and gas company. The Company has three segments: an Upstream segment, including the activities of the exploration and production of hydrocarbons, and the activities of gas and power; a Refining & Chemicals segment constituting an industrial hub consisting of the activities of refining, petrochemicals and specialty chemicals, and also includes the activities of oil trading and shipping, and a Marketing & Services segment, including the activities of supply and marketing in the field of petroleum products, as well as the activity of New Energies. Its Corporate segment includes holdings operating and financial activities. The Company operates in the renewable energies and power generation sectors. It is engaged in various sectors of oil and gas industry, including upstream (hydrocarbon exploration, development and production) and downstream (refining, petrochemicals, specialty chemicals, trading and shipping of crude oil and petroleum products and marketing).

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