Contrasting Pembina Pipeline (PBA) and Zion Oil & Gas (ZN)

Pembina Pipeline (NYSE:PBA) and Zion Oil & Gas (NASDAQ:ZN) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, earnings and valuation.


Pembina Pipeline pays an annual dividend of $1.77 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.4%. Zion Oil & Gas does not pay a dividend. Pembina Pipeline pays out 133.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Pembina Pipeline has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Pembina Pipeline and Zion Oil & Gas’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pembina Pipeline $4.11 billion 4.07 $687.31 million $1.33 24.87
Zion Oil & Gas N/A N/A -$9.98 million N/A N/A

Pembina Pipeline has higher revenue and earnings than Zion Oil & Gas.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Pembina Pipeline and Zion Oil & Gas, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pembina Pipeline 0 1 0 0 2.00
Zion Oil & Gas 0 0 0 0 N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

47.1% of Pembina Pipeline shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 14.8% of Zion Oil & Gas shares are held by institutional investors. 10.3% of Zion Oil & Gas shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Pembina Pipeline and Zion Oil & Gas’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pembina Pipeline 17.40% 10.09% 4.46%
Zion Oil & Gas N/A -39.36% -27.14%

Risk and Volatility

Pembina Pipeline has a beta of 0.64, suggesting that its stock price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Zion Oil & Gas has a beta of -0.32, suggesting that its stock price is 132% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Pembina Pipeline beats Zion Oil & Gas on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Pembina Pipeline Company Profile

Pembina Pipeline Corporation provides transportation and midstream services for the energy industry in North America. It operates through three divisions: Pipelines, Facilities, and Marketing & New Ventures. The company operates approximately 10,000 kilometers of pipeline network that transports hydrocarbon liquids and extends across Alberta and parts of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and North Dakota; and owns and operates the Nipisi and Mitsue pipelines, which provide transportation for producers operating in the Pelican Lake and Peace River heavy oil regions of Alberta; transports synthetic crude oil for the Syncrude project and the Horizon project to delivery points near Edmonton, Alberta; and operates Cheecham Lateral, which transports synthetic crude to oil sands producers operating southeast of Fort McMurray, Alberta. Its Oil Sands & Heavy Oil business operates approximately 1,650 kilometers of pipeline and has 1,060 thousands of barrels per day of capacity. In addition, the company provides natural gas gathering, compression, condensate stabilization, and shallow and deep cut processing services. Further, its NGL Midstream business offers products and services, including storage, terminalling, and hub services through 14 truck terminals; 21 inbound and 13 outbound pipeline connections; 1.2 mmbpd of crude oil and condensate supply; and approximately 900 mbbls of ground storage in the Edmonton North Terminal, as well as 2 NGL operating systems. Additionally, the company offers tariff-based operations of pipelines and related facilities; natural gas gathering and processing facilities; NGL fractionation facility and gas processing capacity near Chicago, Illinois; and other natural gas and NGL processing facilities, logistics, and distribution assets in the United States and Canada. Pembina Pipeline Corporation was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

Zion Oil & Gas Company Profile

Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. operates as an oil and gas exploration company in Israel. It holds a petroleum exploration license onshore Israel, the Megiddo-Jezreel License that covers an area of approximately 99,000 acres. The company was founded in 2000 and is based in Dallas, Texas.

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