Reviewing Ecopetrol (EC) and Its Competitors

Ecopetrol (NYSE: EC) is one of 23 public companies in the “Integrated Oil & Gas” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Ecopetrol to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, profitability, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Ecopetrol pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Ecopetrol pays out 36.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.9% and pay out 175.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

Ecopetrol has a beta of 1.04, meaning that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ecopetrol’s rivals have a beta of 1.39, meaning that their average stock price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Ecopetrol and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ecopetrol 0 4 2 0 2.33
Ecopetrol Competitors 216 656 773 31 2.37

Ecopetrol presently has a consensus price target of $10.00, indicating a potential downside of 9.83%. As a group, “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies have a potential upside of 35.99%. Given Ecopetrol’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Ecopetrol has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Ecopetrol and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Ecopetrol $16.89 billion $6.54 billion 25.21
Ecopetrol Competitors $52.06 billion $11.04 billion -13.49

Ecopetrol’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Ecopetrol. Ecopetrol is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Ecopetrol and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ecopetrol 5.04% 3.60% 1.34%
Ecopetrol Competitors -3.60% 5.97% 2.79%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

2.2% of Ecopetrol shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 40.0% of shares of all “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies are owned by institutional investors. 9.8% of shares of all “Integrated Oil & Gas” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Ecopetrol rivals beat Ecopetrol on 12 of the 15 factors compared.

Ecopetrol Company Profile

Ecopetrol S.A. is an oil company. The Company operates in Colombia, Peru, Brazil and the United States Gulf Coast. The Company’s segments include Exploration and Production, Transportation and Logistics, and Refining, Petrochemicals and Biofuels. The Company’s Exploration and Production segment includes exploration, development and production activities in Colombia and abroad. The Company’s Transportation and Logistics segment includes the transportation of crude oil, motor fuels, fuel oil and other refined products, including diesel and biofuels. The Company’s main crude oil pipeline systems’ operating capacity is approximately 1.34 million barrels per day (BPD). The Company’s main refineries are the Barrancabermeja refinery, which it directly owns and operates, and a refinery in the Free Trade Zone in Cartagena that is operated by Reficar S.A., a subsidiary of the Company. The Company also owns and operates two other minor refineries: Orito and Apiay.

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