Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras (NYSE: PBR.A) and VOC Energy Trust (NYSE:VOC) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, profitabiliy, risk and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

6.8% of Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 7.6% of VOC Energy Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras shares are held 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.


This table compares Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras and VOC Energy Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras -3.64% 5.15% 1.68%
VOC Energy Trust 86.69% 6.29% 6.29%

Volatility and Risk

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras has a beta of 2.67, meaning that its stock price is 167% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, VOC Energy Trust has a beta of 0.8, meaning that its stock price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500.


VOC Energy Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.1%. Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras does not pay a dividend. VOC Energy Trust pays out 137.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras and VOC Energy Trust, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras 0 0 0 0 N/A
VOC Energy Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras and VOC Energy Trust’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras N/A N/A N/A ($0.46) N/A
VOC Energy Trust $7.34 million 9.15 $5.44 million $0.32 12.34

VOC Energy Trust has higher revenue and earnings than Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras. Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras 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.


VOC Energy Trust beats Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.-Petrobras specializes in the oil, natural gas and energy industry. The Company is engaged in prospecting, drilling, refining, processing, trading and transporting crude oil from producing onshore and offshore oil fields and from shale or other rocks. Its segments include Exploration and Production, which covers the activities of exploration, development and production of crude oil, natural gas liquid and natural gas; Refining, Transportation and Marketing, which covers the refining, logistics, transport and trading of crude oil and oil products activities, exporting of ethanol, and extraction and processing of shale; Gas and Power, which is engaged in transportation and trading of natural gas produced in Brazil and imported natural gas; Biofuels, which covers the activities of production of biodiesel and its co-products, and ethanol-related activities; Distribution, which includes the activities of its subsidiary Petrobras Distribuidora S.A., and Corporate.

About VOC Energy Trust

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.

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