ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) and MV Oil Trust (NYSE:MVO) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

69.9% of ConocoPhillips shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.7% of MV Oil Trust shares are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of ConocoPhillips shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

ConocoPhillips pays an annual dividend of $1.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. MV Oil Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.3%. ConocoPhillips pays out -57.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. MV Oil Trust pays out 65.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Risk & Volatility

ConocoPhillips has a beta of 1.26, indicating that its stock price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MV Oil Trust has a beta of 0.22, indicating that its stock price is 78% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for ConocoPhillips and MV Oil Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ConocoPhillips 0 7 12 1 2.70
MV Oil Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A

ConocoPhillips presently has a consensus target price of $55.63, indicating a potential upside of 8.58%. Given ConocoPhillips’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe ConocoPhillips is more favorable than MV Oil Trust.

Profitability

This table compares ConocoPhillips and MV Oil Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ConocoPhillips -7.32% 0.12% 0.05%
MV Oil Trust 90.96% N/A 46.68%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares ConocoPhillips and MV Oil Trust’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ConocoPhillips $24.36 billion 2.51 -$3.62 billion ($1.85) -27.69
MV Oil Trust $5.50 million 14.26 $4.60 million $0.76 8.97

MV Oil Trust has lower revenue, but higher earnings than ConocoPhillips. ConocoPhillips is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than MV Oil Trust, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

ConocoPhillips beats MV Oil Trust on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

ConocoPhillips Company Profile

ConocoPhillips is an independent exploration and production company. The Company explores for, produces, transports and markets crude oil, bitumen, natural gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and natural gas liquids. The Company operates through five segments: Alaska, Lower 48, Canada, Europe and North Africa, Asia Pacific and Middle East, and Other International. The Alaska segment explores for, produces, transports and markets crude oil, natural gas liquids, natural gas and LNG. The Lower 48 segment consists of operations located in the United States Lower 48 states and the Gulf of Mexico. Its Canadian operations consists of oil sands developments in the Athabasca Region of northeastern Alberta. The Europe and North Africa segment consists of operations and exploration activities in Norway, the United Kingdom and Libya. The Asia Pacific and Middle East segment has exploration and production operations in China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Australia.

MV Oil Trust Company Profile

MV Oil Trust (the Trust) is a statutory trust. The Trust acquires and holds a term net profits interest for the benefit of the Trust unitholders. Its underlying properties consist of MV Partners, LLC’s (MV Partners) net interests in all of its oil and natural gas properties, which are located in the Mid-Continent region in the States of Kansas and Colorado. These oil and gas properties include approximately 1,000 producing oil and gas wells. The underlying properties located in the El Dorado Area are operated on behalf of MV Partners by Vess Oil Corporation (Vess Oil) and are located in the El Dorado, Augusta and Valley Center Fields. Each of Vess Oil and Murfin Drilling Company, Inc. (Murfin Drilling) operate leases on behalf of MV Partners included in the underlying properties that are located in the Northwest Kansas Area. The primary fields in this area are the Bemis-Shutts, Trapp, Ray and Hansen Fields.

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