PetroChina Company Limited (NYSE: PTR) and QEP Resources (NYSE:QEP) 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 analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, risk, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for PetroChina Company Limited and QEP Resources, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PetroChina Company Limited 0 3 4 0 2.57
QEP Resources 0 7 9 1 2.65

QEP Resources has a consensus target price of $15.80, indicating a potential upside of 72.87%. Given QEP Resources’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe QEP Resources is more favorable than PetroChina Company Limited.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares PetroChina Company Limited and QEP Resources’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PetroChina Company Limited $283.83 billion 0.42 $44.65 billion $1.60 40.69
QEP Resources $1.59 billion 1.38 $822.60 million ($0.26) -35.15

PetroChina Company Limited has higher revenue and earnings than QEP Resources. QEP Resources 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.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PetroChina Company Limited 1.08% 1.78% 1.02%
QEP Resources -3.90% -4.24% -2.10%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.2% of PetroChina Company Limited shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.2% of QEP Resources shares are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of QEP Resources shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


PetroChina Company Limited pays an annual dividend of $1.39 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. QEP Resources does not pay a dividend. PetroChina Company Limited pays out 86.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Risk & Volatility

PetroChina Company Limited has a beta of 1.17, meaning that its share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, QEP Resources has a beta of 1.71, meaning that its share price is 71% more volatile than the S&P 500.


QEP Resources beats PetroChina Company Limited on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About PetroChina Company Limited

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.

About QEP Resources

QEP Resources, Inc. is an independent crude oil and natural gas exploration and production company. The Company focuses on two regions of the United States: the Northern Region (primarily in North Dakota, Wyoming and Utah) and the Southern Region (primarily in Texas and Louisiana). The Company conducts exploration and production activities in North America’s hydrocarbon resource plays. The Company has an inventory of developed and undeveloped drilling locations in the Permian Basin in western Texas, the Williston Basin in North Dakota, Haynesville/Cotton Valley in northwestern Louisiana, the Uinta Basin in eastern Utah and other properties in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. It sells gas volumes to wholesale marketers, industrial users, local distribution companies and utilities. It sells oil and natural gas liquid (NGL) volumes to refiners, marketers and other companies.

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