CAIRN ENERGY PL/ADR (OTCMKTS:CRNCY) and MONOTARO Co Ltd/ADR (OTCMKTS:MONOY) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares CAIRN ENERGY PL/ADR and MONOTARO Co Ltd/ADR’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CAIRN ENERGY PL/ADR $33.30 million 49.79 $263.10 million $0.89 6.33
MONOTARO Co Ltd/ADR $788.06 million 4.36 $75.33 million $0.61 44.93

CAIRN ENERGY PL/ADR has higher earnings, but lower revenue than MONOTARO Co Ltd/ADR. CAIRN ENERGY PL/ADR is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than MONOTARO Co Ltd/ADR, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for CAIRN ENERGY PL/ADR and MONOTARO Co Ltd/ADR, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CAIRN ENERGY PL/ADR 1 3 0 0 1.75
MONOTARO Co Ltd/ADR 0 0 0 0 N/A


MONOTARO Co Ltd/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. CAIRN ENERGY PL/ADR does not pay a dividend. MONOTARO Co Ltd/ADR pays out 24.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares CAIRN ENERGY PL/ADR and MONOTARO Co Ltd/ADR’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MONOTARO Co Ltd/ADR 9.28% 26.47% 14.80%

Risk and Volatility

CAIRN ENERGY PL/ADR has a beta of 1.33, indicating that its share price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MONOTARO Co Ltd/ADR has a beta of 0.01, indicating that its share price is 99% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.0% of CAIRN ENERGY PL/ADR shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.0% of MONOTARO Co Ltd/ADR shares are held by institutional investors. 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.


MONOTARO Co Ltd/ADR beats CAIRN ENERGY PL/ADR on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.


Cairn Energy PLC operates as an oil and gas exploration and production company. It holds a portfolio of exploration, development, and production assets in the United Kingdom; Norway; Mexico; and the Atlantic Margin, including Senegal and the Republic of Ireland. The company was incorporated in 2002 and is headquartered in Edinburgh, the United Kingdom.


MonotaRO Co., Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, imports and sells MRO products in Japan and internationally. It offers products in various categories, such as safety and health protection equipment/signs, logistics/packing goods, office tapes and cleaning supplies, cutting tools/abrasive materials, measurement/surveying equipment, work tools/electric/pneumatic tools, spray oil grease/ adhesion repair/welding supplies, pneumatic equipment/hydraulic equipment/hoses, and bearings/machine parts/casters. The company also provides electrical materials/control equipment/solder ESD protection equipment; building hardware, building materials, and painting interior goods; air conditioning electrical installation/pump/piping, water circulation equipment; screws, bolts, nails, and materials; automotive/truck equipment; bike and bicycle accessories; scientific research and development articles; kitchen equipment; agricultural materials and garden products; and medical/nursing care products. It serves manufacturing, automobile maintenance, and construction industries. MonotaRO Co., Ltd. also offers its products online. The company was formerly known as Sumisho Grainger Co., Ltd. and changed its name to MonotaRO Co., Ltd. in 2006. MonotaRO Co., Ltd. was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Amagasaki, Japan.

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