Aegean Marine Petroleum Network (NYSE: ANW) and CVR Refining, (NYSE:CVRR) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Aegean Marine Petroleum Network and CVR Refining,’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network 0.56% 7.97% 2.95%
CVR Refining, 1.02% 3.99% 2.25%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Aegean Marine Petroleum Network and CVR Refining,, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network 0 0 3 0 3.00
CVR Refining, 1 5 0 0 1.83

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network presently has a consensus target price of $7.67, suggesting a potential upside of 54.88%. CVR Refining, has a consensus target price of $9.67, suggesting a potential upside of 30.63%. Given Aegean Marine Petroleum Network’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Aegean Marine Petroleum Network is more favorable than CVR Refining,.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

74.9% of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 12.2% of CVR Refining, shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Aegean Marine Petroleum Network and CVR Refining,’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network $5.30 billion 0.04 $106.56 million $0.70 7.07
CVR Refining, $5.19 billion 0.21 $230.60 million $0.36 20.56

CVR Refining, has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Aegean Marine Petroleum Network. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CVR Refining,, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. CVR Refining, does not pay a dividend. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network pays out 11.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has a beta of 2.25, indicating that its stock price is 125% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CVR Refining, has a beta of 1.28, indicating that its stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network beats CVR Refining, on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Company Profile

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. is an international marine fuel logistics company. The Company markets and physically supplies refined marine fuel and lubricants to vessels in port, at sea and on rivers. As a physical supplier, the Company procures marine fuel from refineries, oil producers and other sources, and resells and delivers these fuels from its bunkering vessels to a range of end users. The Company owns and operates a fleet of approximately 50 bunkering vessels. The Company operates over 10 land-based storage facilities. The Company operates a vessel as a floating storage facility with a cargo carrying capacity of approximately 19,900 deadweight tonnage (dwt). The Company provides fueling services to various types of ocean-going and various types of coastal vessels, such as oil tankers, container ships, drybulk carriers, cruise ships, reefers, liquefied natural gas (LNG)/liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers, car carriers and ferries.

CVR Refining, Company Profile

CVR Refining, LP is an independent downstream energy limited partnership with refining and related logistics assets that operates in the mid-continent region. The Company is a petroleum refiner. It owned and operated a complex full coking medium-sour crude oil refinery in Coffeyville, Kansas with a rated capacity of 115,000 barrels per calendar day (bpcd) and a complex crude oil refinery in Wynnewood, Oklahoma with a rated capacity of 70,000 bpcd capable of processing 20,000 bpcd of light sour crude oils (within its rated capacity of 70,000 bpcd), as of December 31, 2016. In addition, it also controlled and operated supporting logistics assets, including approximately 340 miles of active owned and leased pipelines, approximately 150 crude oil transports, a network of crude oil gathering tank farms, approximately 6.4 million barrels of owned and leased crude oil storage and over 4.5 million barrels of combined refined products and feedstocks storage capacity, as of December 31, 2016.

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