Head to Head Analysis: Statoil ASA (STO) vs. The Competition

Statoil ASA (NYSE: STO) is one of 21 public companies in the “Integrated Oil & Gas” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Statoil ASA to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, risk and valuation.

Dividends

Statoil ASA pays an annual dividend of $0.54 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Statoil ASA pays out -216.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.5% and pay out 139.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Statoil ASA has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Risk & Volatility

Statoil ASA has a beta of 0.97, indicating that its share price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Statoil ASA’s competitors have a beta of 1.38, indicating that their average share price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Statoil ASA and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Statoil ASA $45.87 billion -$2.92 billion -80.96
Statoil ASA Competitors $78.29 billion $113.43 million -201.93

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

5.0% of Statoil ASA shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 39.2% of shares of all “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies are owned by institutional investors. 9.8% of shares of all “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies are owned by company 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Statoil ASA -1.37% 8.61% 2.93%
Statoil ASA Competitors -8.10% 2.80% 1.16%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Statoil ASA and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Statoil ASA 3 9 0 0 1.75
Statoil ASA Competitors 216 667 780 31 2.37

Statoil ASA currently has a consensus price target of $18.33, suggesting a potential downside of 9.42%. As a group, “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies have a potential upside of 26.22%. Given Statoil ASA’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Statoil ASA has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

Statoil ASA competitors beat Statoil ASA on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

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.

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