Cosan (NYSE: CZZ) is one of 35 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Cosan to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and dividends.

Dividends

Cosan pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.4% and pay out 331.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cosan and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Cosan $3.59 billion $79.64 million N/A
Cosan Competitors $40.29 billion $686.61 million 223.07

Cosan’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Cosan.

Profitability

This table compares Cosan and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cosan 1.65% 0.72% 0.22%
Cosan Competitors -1.82% 3.32% 1.64%

Volatility & Risk

Cosan has a beta of 2.36, meaning that its share price is 136% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cosan’s competitors have a beta of 1.31, meaning that their average share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Cosan and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cosan 0 1 1 0 2.50
Cosan Competitors 389 1842 2440 114 2.48

As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 11.44%. Given Cosan’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Cosan has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

41.9% of Cosan shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.1% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are held by institutional investors. 11.7% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Cosan competitors beat Cosan on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

About Cosan

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).

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