China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (NYSE: SNP) and Tesoro Corporation (NYSE:ANDV) are both large-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation and Tesoro Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation 0 1 3 0 2.75
Tesoro Corporation 0 3 13 0 2.81

Tesoro Corporation has a consensus price target of $109.14, suggesting a potential upside of 4.02%. Given Tesoro Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Tesoro Corporation is more favorable than China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation and Tesoro Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation $339.53 billion 0.26 $29.54 billion $6.56 11.27
Tesoro Corporation N/A N/A N/A $2.81 37.34

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Tesoro Corporation. China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Tesoro Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation and Tesoro Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation N/A 4.47% 2.54%
Tesoro Corporation 1.22% 5.24% 2.27%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.8% of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.5% of Tesoro Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 92.2% of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.9% of Tesoro Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation has a beta of 1.17, indicating that its share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Tesoro Corporation has a beta of 1.61, indicating that its share price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation pays an annual dividend of $3.55 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. Tesoro Corporation pays an annual dividend of $2.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation pays out 54.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Tesoro Corporation pays out 84.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Summary

Tesoro Corporation beats China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation on 8 of the 14 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 Tesoro Corporation

Andeavor, formerly Tesoro Corporation, is an independent petroleum refining, logistics and marketing company. he Company operates through three segments. The Refining operating segment refines crude oil and other feedstocks into transportation fuels, such as gasoline and gasoline blendstocks, jet fuel and diesel fuel, as well as other products, including heavy fuel oils, liquefied petroleum gas and petroleum coke for sale in bulk markets to a range of customers within its markets. The TLLP segment comprises Tesoro Logistics LP’s (TLLP) assets and operations, and includes certain crude oil and natural gas gathering assets, natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) processing assets, and crude oil and refined products terminaling, and transportation. The marketing segment sells transportation fuels through branded and unbranded channels.

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