Contrasting Premier Oil (OTCMKTS:PMOIY) and Africa Oil (OTCMKTS:AOIFF)

Premier Oil (OTCMKTS:PMOIY) and Africa Oil (OTCMKTS:AOIFF) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Premier Oil and Africa Oil, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Premier Oil 1 3 2 0 2.17
Africa Oil 0 0 1 0 3.00

Volatility and Risk

Premier Oil has a beta of 2.75, indicating that its stock price is 175% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Africa Oil has a beta of 1.74, indicating that its stock price is 74% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Premier Oil and Africa Oil’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Premier Oil N/A N/A N/A
Africa Oil N/A -16.95% -14.18%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Premier Oil and Africa Oil’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Premier Oil $1.58 billion 0.11 $164.30 million $0.17 1.28
Africa Oil N/A N/A -$156.77 million N/A N/A

Premier Oil has higher revenue and earnings than Africa Oil.


Premier Oil beats Africa Oil on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Premier Oil

Premier Oil plc, an oil and gas company, engages in the exploration, production, and development of oil and gas properties primarily in the Falkland Islands, Indonesia, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, Vietnam, and internationally. As of December 31, 2017, it had proven and probable reserves (2P) of 302 million barrels of oil equivalent (mmboe); and 2P reserves and 2C resources of 902 mmboe. Premier Oil plc was founded in 1934 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

About Africa Oil

Africa Oil Corp., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an oil and gas exploration and development company in Kenya and Ethiopia. It holds interests primarily in the East African Rift Basin. The company also holds an interest in a producing asset in deep-water Nigeria. The company was formerly known as Canmex Minerals Corporation and changed its name to Africa Oil Corp. in August 2007. Africa Oil Corp. was incorporated in 1983 and is based in Vancouver, Canada.

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