Aegean Marine Petroleum Network (NYSE: ANW) and Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:MPC) are both transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends and risk.

Dividends

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Marathon Petroleum Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network pays out 11.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Marathon Petroleum Corporation pays out 90.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Marathon Petroleum Corporation has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years. Marathon Petroleum Corporation is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

70.6% of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.9% of Marathon Petroleum Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of Marathon Petroleum Corporation shares are held by 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.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Aegean Marine Petroleum Network and Marathon Petroleum Corporation’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 6.79
Marathon Petroleum Corporation $60.96 billion 0.44 $4.41 billion $1.76 29.90

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Aegean Marine Petroleum Network and Marathon Petroleum Corporation, 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
Marathon Petroleum Corporation 0 4 10 1 2.80

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network presently has a consensus price target of $7.67, suggesting a potential upside of 61.40%. Marathon Petroleum Corporation has a consensus price target of $59.43, suggesting a potential upside of 12.92%. Given Aegean Marine Petroleum Network’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Aegean Marine Petroleum Network is more favorable than Marathon Petroleum Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares Aegean Marine Petroleum Network and Marathon Petroleum Corporation’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%
Marathon Petroleum Corporation 1.34% 5.52% 2.45%

Volatility & Risk

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has a beta of 2.21, meaning that its share price is 121% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Marathon Petroleum Corporation has a beta of 1.56, meaning that its share price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Marathon Petroleum Corporation beats Aegean Marine Petroleum Network on 12 of the 18 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.

Marathon Petroleum Corporation Company Profile

Marathon Petroleum Corporation is engaged in refining, marketing, retail and transportation businesses in the United States and the largest east of the Mississippi. The Company operates through three segments: Refining & Marketing; Speedway; and Midstream. The Refining & Marketing segment refines crude oil and other feedstocks at the Company’s seven refineries in the Gulf Coast and Midwest regions of the United States. Its Speedway segment sells transportation fuels and convenience products in the retail market in the Midwest, East Coast and Southeast regions of the United States. The Company’s Midstream is engaged in the operations of MPLX LP and certain other related operations. It gathers, processes and transports natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil and refined products. MPLX is a limited partnership which owns, operates, develops and acquires midstream energy infrastructure assets.

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