Petrobras Argentina (NYSE: PZE) and ENI S.p.A. (NYSE:E) are both mid-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

3.4% of Petrobras Argentina shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.7% of ENI S.p.A. shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


ENI S.p.A. pays an annual dividend of $1.31 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.0%. Petrobras Argentina does not pay a dividend. ENI S.p.A. pays out 120.2% 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 and Volatility

Petrobras Argentina has a beta of 1.32, suggesting that its share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ENI S.p.A. has a beta of 0.83, suggesting that its share price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Petrobras Argentina and ENI S.p.A., as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Petrobras Argentina 0 0 0 0 N/A
ENI S.p.A. 4 3 4 0 2.00

ENI S.p.A. has a consensus price target of $16.00, indicating a potential downside of 51.52%. Given ENI S.p.A.’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe ENI S.p.A. is more favorable than Petrobras Argentina.


This table compares Petrobras Argentina and ENI S.p.A.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Petrobras Argentina N/A N/A N/A
ENI S.p.A. 2.50% 3.69% 1.54%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Petrobras Argentina and ENI S.p.A.’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Petrobras Argentina $1.97 billion 1.34 -$1.00 million N/A N/A
ENI S.p.A. $62.74 billion 0.96 -$1.62 billion $1.09 30.28

Petrobras Argentina has higher revenue, but lower earnings than ENI S.p.A..


ENI S.p.A. beats Petrobras Argentina on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Petrobras Argentina

Petrobras Argentina SA, formerly Petrobras Energia SA, is an Argentina-based company primarily engaged in the petroleum refining sector. The Company’s activities are structured in four business segments: Oil and Gas Exploration and Production, including the acquisition, exploration, exploitation and maintenance of oil and gas reserves; Refining and Distribution, processing and marketing of petroleum products; Petrochemicals, comprising the production of styrene, polystyrene, bi-oriented polystyrene (BOPS) and synthetic rubber; as well as Gas and Energy, providing gas distribution, as well as fossil fuel and hydroelectric power energy generation. Its petroleum products include lubricants, diesel fuel, compressed natural gas (CNG) and asphalts, among others. The Company has operations established in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Mexico and Spain, among others. The Company is owned by Petrobras Participaciones SL. It operates throught Albares Renovables Argentina SA.

About ENI S.p.A.

Eni SpA (Eni) is an Italy-based company engaged in the exploration, development and production of hydrocarbons, in the supply and marketing of gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and power, in the refining and marketing of petroleum products, in the production and marketing of basic petrochemicals, plastics and elastomers and in commodity trading. The Company’s segments include Exploration & Production, Gas & Power, and Refining & Marketing. Its Exploration & Production segment engages in oil and natural gas exploration and field development and production, as well as LNG operations in over 40 countries, including Italy, Libya, Egypt, Norway, the United Kingdom, Angola, Congo, Nigeria, the United States, Kazakhstan, Algeria, Australia, Venezuela, Iraq, Ghana and Mozambique. Its Gas & Power segment engages in supply, trading and marketing of gas, LNG and electricity, international gas transport activities and commodity trading and derivatives.

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