BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust (NYSE:BPT) and Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust and Exxon Mobil’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust $78.19 million 6.78 $77.03 million N/A N/A
Exxon Mobil $244.36 billion 1.33 $19.71 billion $3.59 21.37

Exxon Mobil has higher revenue and earnings than BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust and Exxon Mobil, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A
Exxon Mobil 4 12 5 1 2.14

Exxon Mobil has a consensus price target of $87.55, suggesting a potential upside of 14.12%. Given Exxon Mobil’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Exxon Mobil is more favorable than BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

6.1% of BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.5% of Exxon Mobil shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.1% of Exxon Mobil shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust and Exxon Mobil’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust 98.92% 13,835.49% 9,823.20%
Exxon Mobil 8.15% 9.53% 5.30%

Dividends

BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust pays an annual dividend of $5.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 22.3%. Exxon Mobil pays an annual dividend of $3.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.3%. Exxon Mobil pays out 91.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Exxon Mobil has raised its dividend for 35 consecutive years.

Volatility and Risk

BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust has a beta of -0.48, suggesting that its stock price is 148% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Exxon Mobil has a beta of 0.86, suggesting that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Exxon Mobil beats BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust

BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust operates as a grantor trust in the United States. The company holds overriding royalty interest comprising a non-operational interest in minerals in the Prudhoe Bay oil field located on the North Slope of Alaska. The Prudhoe Bay field extends approximately 12 miles by 27 miles and contains approximately 150,000 gross productive acres. As of December 31, 2017, its estimated proved reserves were 9.070 million barrels of oil and condensate of which 9.047 million barrels are proved developed reserves; and 0.023 million barrels are proved undeveloped reserves. BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust was founded in 1989 and is based in Houston, Texas.

About Exxon Mobil

Exxon Mobil Corporation explores for and produces crude oil and natural gas in the United States, Canada/Other Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia/Oceania. It operates through Upstream, Downstream, and Chemical segments. The company also manufactures petroleum products; manufactures and markets commodity petrochemicals, including olefins, aromatics, polyethylene, and polypropylene plastics, as well as various specialty products; and transports and sells crude oil, natural gas, and petroleum products. As of December 31, 2017, it had approximately 25,827 net operated wells with proved reserves of 21.2 billion oil-equivalent barrels. The company has collaboration agreements with MagnaBond, LLC to develop technologies that enhances evaluation of well cementing, casing, and tubing. Exxon Mobil Corporation was founded in 1870 and is headquartered in Irving, Texas.

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