China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE: SNP) and Markwest Energy Partners (NYSE:MWE) are both mid-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations and risk.


China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation pays an annual dividend of $3.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.2%. Markwest Energy Partners does not pay a dividend. China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation pays out 50.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Markwest Energy Partners has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.


This table compares China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation and Markwest Energy Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation N/A 4.47% 2.54%
Markwest Energy Partners 10.37% 2.42% 1.71%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation and Markwest Energy Partners, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation 0 1 3 0 2.75
Markwest Energy Partners 0 0 0 0 N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.8% of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 92.2% of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation and Markwest Energy Partners’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation $332.03 billion 0.29 $28.88 billion $6.56 11.92
Markwest Energy Partners N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Markwest Energy Partners.


China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation beats Markwest Energy Partners on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation Company Profile

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.

Markwest Energy Partners Company Profile

MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. (MarkWest) is a master limited partnership engaged in the gathering, processing and transportation of natural gas; the gathering, transportation, fractionation, storage and marketing of natural gas liquids (NGLs), and the gathering and transportation of crude oil. The Company operates in four segments: Marcellus, Utica, Northeast and Southwest. The Marcellus segment provides integrated natural gas midstream services in southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia. The Company’s MarkWest Utica EMG provides gathering, processing, fractionation and marketing services. The Northeast segment assets include the Kenova, Boldman, Cobb, Kermit and Langley natural gas processing complexes, an NGL pipeline and the Siloam fractionation facility. The Company owns a system that consists of natural gas gathering pipelines, centralized compressor stations, two natural gas processing complexes and two NGL pipelines.

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