Comparing CNOOC (CEO) & Total (TOT)

CNOOC (NYSE: CEO) and Total (NYSE:TOT) are both large-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

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This table compares CNOOC and Total’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CNOOC $22.06 billion 3.02 $92.00 million N/A N/A
Total $171.49 billion 0.83 $8.63 billion $3.35 17.06

Total has higher revenue and earnings than CNOOC.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

1.6% of CNOOC shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 5.4% of Total 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for CNOOC and Total, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CNOOC 0 1 4 1 3.00
Total 1 5 8 1 2.60

CNOOC presently has a consensus target price of $72.32, suggesting a potential downside of 51.56%. Total has a consensus target price of $50.13, suggesting a potential downside of 12.31%. Given Total’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Total is more favorable than CNOOC.

Profitability

This table compares CNOOC and Total’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CNOOC N/A N/A N/A
Total 5.03% 9.55% 4.48%

Dividends

CNOOC pays an annual dividend of $4.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. Total pays an annual dividend of $3.05 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.3%. Total pays out 91.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Volatility and Risk

CNOOC has a beta of 1, indicating that its share price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.Comparatively, Total has a beta of 0.77, indicating that its share price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Total beats CNOOC on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

CNOOC Company Profile

CNOOC Limited is a Hong Kong-based investment holding company principally engaged in the exploration, production and trading of oil and gas. Its businesses include conventional oil and gas businesses, shale oil and gas businesses, oil sands businesses and other unconventional oil and gas businesses. The Company mainly operates businesses through three segments. The Exploration and Production segment is engaged in the exploration, development and production of crude oil, natural gas and other petroleum products. The Trading segment is engaged in the trading of crude oil, natural gas and other petroleum products. The Corporate segment is engaged in corporate-related businesses. The Company mainly operates businesses in China, Canada, the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Indonesia and Brazil, among others.

Total 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).

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