Analyzing TotalFinaElf, (TOT) & QEP Resources (QEP)

TotalFinaElf, (NYSE: TOT) and QEP Resources (NYSE:QEP) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

6.2% of TotalFinaElf, shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 91.9% of QEP Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of QEP Resources shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for TotalFinaElf, and QEP Resources, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TotalFinaElf, 0 9 4 1 2.43
QEP Resources 0 7 8 1 2.63

TotalFinaElf, presently has a consensus price target of $53.00, suggesting a potential upside of 5.16%. QEP Resources has a consensus price target of $16.71, suggesting a potential upside of 135.74%. Given QEP Resources’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe QEP Resources is more favorable than TotalFinaElf,.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares TotalFinaElf, and QEP Resources’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TotalFinaElf, $139.27 billion 0.90 $21.80 billion $2.91 17.32
QEP Resources $1.59 billion 1.07 $822.60 million ($0.26) -27.27

TotalFinaElf, has higher revenue and earnings than QEP Resources. QEP Resources is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than TotalFinaElf,, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

TotalFinaElf, has a beta of 0.76, meaning that its stock price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, QEP Resources has a beta of 1.68, meaning that its stock price is 68% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

TotalFinaElf, pays an annual dividend of $2.34 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.6%. QEP Resources does not pay a dividend. TotalFinaElf, pays out 80.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Profitability

This table compares TotalFinaElf, and QEP Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TotalFinaElf, 4.59% 9.07% 4.11%
QEP Resources -3.90% -4.24% -2.10%

Summary

QEP Resources beats TotalFinaElf, on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

TotalFinaElf, Company Profile

Total S.A. (Total) is an oil and gas company. The Company has three segments: an Upstream segment, including the activities of the exploration and production of hydrocarbons, and the activities of gas and power; a Refining & Chemicals segment constituting an industrial hub consisting of the activities of refining, petrochemicals and specialty chemicals, and also includes the activities of oil trading and shipping, and a Marketing & Services segment, including the activities of supply and marketing in the field of petroleum products, as well as the activity of New Energies. Its Corporate segment includes holdings operating and financial activities. The Company operates in the renewable energies and power generation sectors. It is engaged in various sectors of oil and gas industry, including upstream (hydrocarbon exploration, development and production) and downstream (refining, petrochemicals, specialty chemicals, trading and shipping of crude oil and petroleum products and marketing).

QEP Resources Company Profile

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 Pinedale Anticline (Pinedale) in western Wyoming, 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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