Cenovus Energy (NYSE: CVE) and Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ:CLNE) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitabiliy, earnings and valuation.

Volatility and Risk

Cenovus Energy has a beta of 0.54, meaning that its stock price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has a beta of 1.86, meaning that its stock price is 86% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Cenovus Energy and Clean Energy Fuels Corp., as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cenovus Energy 2 6 7 0 2.33
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. 0 0 2 0 3.00

Cenovus Energy presently has a consensus price target of $19.39, indicating a potential upside of 176.98%. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has a consensus price target of $6.05, indicating a potential upside of 129.17%. Given Cenovus Energy’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Cenovus Energy is more favorable than Clean Energy Fuels Corp..

Institutional and Insider Ownership

57.0% of Cenovus Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 33.4% of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. 26.7% of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Cenovus Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. does not pay a dividend. Cenovus Energy pays out -71.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cenovus Energy and Clean Energy Fuels Corp.’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cenovus Energy $10.58 billion 0.55 $1.26 billion ($0.21) -33.33
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. $396.37 million 1.00 $32.15 million $0.28 9.43

Cenovus Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Clean Energy Fuels Corp.. Cenovus Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Clean Energy Fuels Corp., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Cenovus Energy and Clean Energy Fuels Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cenovus Energy -1.64% 0.03% 0.01%
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. 11.63% 9.51% 4.98%

Summary

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. beats Cenovus Energy on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cenovus Energy

Cenovus Energy Inc is a Canada-based integrated oil company. It operates in the business of developing, producing and marketing crude oil, Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs) and natural gas in Canada. The Company also conducts marketing activities and owns refining interests in the United States (U.S.). Its segments include: Oil Sands, which includes the development and production of bitumen and natural gas in northeast Alberta; Conventional, which includes the development and production of conventional crude oil, NGLs and natural gas in Alberta and Saskatchewan, including the heavy oil assets at Pelican Lake, the carbon dioxide (CO2) enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project at Weyburn and emerging tight oil opportunities; Refining and Marketing, which includes transporting and selling crude oil and natural gas and joint ownership of refineries in the U.S., as well as Corporate and Eliminations.

About Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (Clean Energy) is a provider of natural gas as an alternative fuel for vehicle fleets in the United States and Canada. The Company is engaged in supplying compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and renewable natural gas (RNG) for light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles, and providing operation and maintenance (O&M) services for natural gas fueling stations. The Company designs, builds, operates and maintains fueling stations; manufactures, sells and services non-lubricated natural gas fueling compressors and other equipment used in CNG stations and LNG stations; offers assessment, design and modification solutions to provide operators with code-compliant service and maintenance facilities for natural gas vehicle fleets, and transports and sells CNG and LNG to industrial and institutional energy users having no direct access to natural gas pipelines, among others.

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