Reviewing Cosan Limited (CZZ) & China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SNP)

Cosan Limited (NYSE: CZZ) and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE:SNP) are both basic materials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Cosan Limited and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cosan Limited 0.73% -0.15% -0.05%
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation N/A 4.47% 2.54%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Cosan Limited and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cosan Limited 0 1 0 0 2.00
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation 0 1 3 0 2.75

Dividends

Cosan Limited pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation pays an annual dividend of $3.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.7%. China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation pays out 54.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cosan Limited and China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cosan Limited $3.85 billion 0.58 $1.24 billion N/A N/A
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation $335.60 billion 0.27 $29.19 billion $6.56 11.60

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Cosan Limited.

Risk and Volatility

Cosan Limited has a beta of 2.31, indicating that its stock price is 131% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation has a beta of 1.16, indicating that its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

43.2% of Cosan Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.8% of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 92.2% of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation beats Cosan Limited on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cosan Limited

Cosan Limited (Cosan) is a holding company. The Company’s segments include Raizen Energia, Raizen Combustiveis, COMGAS, Cosan Logistica, Lubricants and Other business. The Company’s other business include other investments, in addition to the corporate activities. The Company offers Logistics services, including transportation, port loading and storage of sugar, leasing or lending of locomotives, wagons and other railway equipment, through its subsidiaries Rumo Logistica Operadora Multimodal S.A. (Rumo), logistic segment (Logistic). The Company is also engaged in production and distribution of lubricants, through its indirect subsidiaries Cosan Lubrificantes e Especialidades S.A. (Moove) and Comma Oil & Chemicals Ltd. (Comma), under the Mobil licensed trademark in Brazil, Bolivia, Uruguay and Paraguay, in addition to the European and Asian market using the Comma brand and corporate activities (Lubricants).

About China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation is a China-based energy and chemical company. The Company’s segments include Exploration and Development segment, Refining segment, Marketing and Distribution segment, Chemicals segment, and Corporate and Others segment. Exploration and Development segment explores and develops oil fields, as well as produces crude oil and natural gas. Refining segment processes and purifies crude oil, which is sourced from Exploration and Development segment and external suppliers. Marketing and Distribution segment owns and operates oil depots and service stations in China. Chemical segment manufactures and sells petrochemical products, derivative petrochemical products and other chemical products to external customers.

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