Petrobras Argentina (NYSE:PZE) vs. Cenovus Energy (CVE) Head-To-Head Survey

Cenovus Energy (NYSE: CVE) and Petrobras Argentina (NYSE:PZE) are both mid-cap energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.


This table compares Cenovus Energy and Petrobras Argentina’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cenovus Energy 17.45% 6.19% 2.81%
Petrobras Argentina N/A N/A N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

56.8% of Cenovus Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 3.6% of Petrobras Argentina shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Cenovus Energy has a beta of 0.67, meaning that its stock price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Petrobras Argentina has a beta of 1.18, meaning that its stock price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Cenovus Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Petrobras Argentina does not pay a dividend. Cenovus Energy pays out 7.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Cenovus Energy and Petrobras Argentina, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cenovus Energy 2 5 7 0 2.36
Petrobras Argentina 0 0 0 0 N/A

Cenovus Energy presently has a consensus price target of $15.10, suggesting a potential upside of 102.68%. Given Cenovus Energy’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Cenovus Energy is more favorable than Petrobras Argentina.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Cenovus Energy and Petrobras Argentina’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cenovus Energy $9.09 billion 1.01 -$411.58 million $2.28 3.27
Petrobras Argentina $1.97 billion 1.24 -$1.00 million N/A N/A

Petrobras Argentina has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Cenovus Energy.


Cenovus Energy beats Petrobras Argentina on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cenovus Energy Company Profile

Cenovus Energy Inc is a Canada-based integrated oil company. It operates in the business of developing, producing and marketing crude oil, Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs) and natural gas in Canada. The Company also conducts marketing activities and owns refining interests in the United States (U.S.). Its segments include: Oil Sands, which includes the development and production of bitumen and natural gas in northeast Alberta; Conventional, which includes the development and production of conventional crude oil, NGLs and natural gas in Alberta and Saskatchewan, including the heavy oil assets at Pelican Lake, the carbon dioxide (CO2) enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project at Weyburn and emerging tight oil opportunities; Refining and Marketing, which includes transporting and selling crude oil and natural gas and joint ownership of refineries in the U.S., as well as Corporate and Eliminations.

Petrobras Argentina Company Profile

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.

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