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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.7% of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 33.4% of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. 92.2% of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 26.7% of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation 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
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation $309.21 billion 0.30 $28.80 billion $6.94 11.19
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. $396.37 million 1.07 $32.15 million $0.28 10.11

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Clean Energy Fuels Corp.. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, 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 China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation and Clean Energy Fuels Corp., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation 0 1 2 0 2.67
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. 0 0 2 0 3.00

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has a consensus price target of $6.05, suggesting a potential upside of 113.78%. Given Clean Energy Fuels Corp.’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is more favorable than China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation.

Volatility & Risk

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation has a beta of 1.17, suggesting that its stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has a beta of 1.86, suggesting that its stock price is 86% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation and Clean Energy Fuels Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation N/A 4.81% 2.73%
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. 11.63% 9.51% 4.98%

Dividends

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation pays an annual dividend of $3.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.2%. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. does not pay a dividend. China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation pays out 46.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. beats China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation is a China-based energy and chemical company. The Company’s segments include Exploration and Development segment, Refining segment, Marketing and Distribution segment, Chemicals segment, and Corporate and Others segment. Exploration and Development segment explores and develops oil fields, as well as produces crude oil and natural gas. Refining segment processes and purifies crude oil, which is sourced from Exploration and Development segment and external suppliers. Marketing and Distribution segment owns and operates oil depots and service stations in China. Chemical segment manufactures and sells petrochemical products, derivative petrochemical products and other chemical products to external customers.

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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