Contrasting QEP Resources (QEP) & Petrobras Argentina (PZE)

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


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
QEP Resources -3.90% -4.24% -2.10%
Petrobras Argentina N/A N/A N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.2% of QEP Resources shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 3.4% of Petrobras Argentina shares are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of QEP Resources shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares QEP Resources and Petrobras Argentina’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
QEP Resources $1.59 billion 1.20 $822.60 million ($0.26) -30.62
Petrobras Argentina $1.61 billion 1.54 $334.02 million N/A N/A

QEP Resources has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Petrobras Argentina.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for QEP Resources and Petrobras Argentina, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
QEP Resources 0 7 8 1 2.63
Petrobras Argentina 0 0 0 0 N/A

QEP Resources currently has a consensus target price of $16.71, indicating a potential upside of 109.98%. Given QEP Resources’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe QEP Resources is more favorable than Petrobras Argentina.

Risk and Volatility

QEP Resources has a beta of 1.71, meaning that its stock price is 71% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Petrobras Argentina has a beta of 1.37, meaning that its stock price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500.


QEP Resources beats Petrobras Argentina on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About QEP Resources

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.

About Petrobras Argentina

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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