InterOil (NYSE: IOC) and PetroChina Company Limited (NYSE:PTR) are both energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, profitability, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for InterOil and PetroChina Company Limited, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
InterOil 0 0 0 0 N/A
PetroChina Company Limited 0 3 4 0 2.57

InterOil currently has a consensus price target of $0.00, indicating a potential downside of 100.00%.


This table compares InterOil and PetroChina Company Limited’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
InterOil -233.48% -14.08% -8.85%
PetroChina Company Limited 1.57% 2.32% 1.32%


PetroChina Company Limited pays an annual dividend of $0.74 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. InterOil does not pay a dividend. PetroChina Company Limited pays out 32.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares InterOil and PetroChina Company Limited’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
InterOil N/A N/A N/A ($3.70) -13.07
PetroChina Company Limited $261.75 billion 0.45 $42.32 billion $2.28 27.24

PetroChina Company Limited has higher revenue and earnings than InterOil. InterOil is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than PetroChina Company Limited, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

InterOil has a beta of 1.67, suggesting that its stock price is 67% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PetroChina Company Limited has a beta of 1.18, suggesting that its stock price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

46.6% of InterOil shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.2% of PetroChina Company Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


PetroChina Company Limited beats InterOil on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

InterOil Company Profile

InterOil Corporation (InterOil) is an oil and gas business with a sole focus on Papua New Guinea (PNG). The Company’s segments include Upstream and Corporate. The Upstream segment includes exploration, appraisal and development of hydrocarbon structures in PNG. The Corporate segment provides support to the Company’s other business segments through business development and improvement activities, general services, administration, human resources, executive management, financing and treasury, government affairs and investor relations. InterOil holds interests across over four exploration and approximately two production retention licenses in the Eastern Papuan Basin of Papua New Guinea. Its assets include the Elk, Antelope, Triceratops, Raptor and Bobcat fields in the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea, and exploration licenses covering approximately 16,000 square kilometers (over four million acres) in Papua New Guinea.

PetroChina Company Limited Company Profile

PetroChina Company Limited is a China-based company principally engaged in the production and distribution of oil and gas. The Company mainly operates through four business segments. The Exploration and Production segment is principally engaged in the exploration, development, production and sales of crude oil and natural gas. The Refining and Chemical Products segment is principally engaged in the refining of crude oil and petroleum products, as well as the production and sales of basic petrochemical products, derivative petrochemical products and other chemical products. The Sales segment is principally engaged in the sales of refined petroleum products. The Natural Gas and Pipeline segment is engaged in the transportation and sales of natural gas, crude oil and refined petroleum products.

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