Sasol (NYSE: SSL) is one of 37 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Sasol to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and earnings.

Volatility & Risk

Sasol has a beta of 0.9, meaning that its share price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sasol’s rivals have a beta of 1.31, meaning that their average share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Sasol and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Sasol $12.68 billion $1.50 billion 12.80
Sasol Competitors $40.29 billion $685.91 million 242.99

Sasol’s rivals have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Sasol. Sasol is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Sasol and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sasol 0 2 1 0 2.33
Sasol Competitors 391 1883 2502 118 2.48

As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 8.99%. Given Sasol’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Sasol has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Dividends

Sasol pays an annual dividend of $0.74 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Sasol pays out 30.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.3% and pay out 333.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

2.0% of Sasol shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.1% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Sasol shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.0% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Sasol and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sasol N/A N/A N/A
Sasol Competitors -1.29% 3.43% 1.68%

Summary

Sasol rivals beat Sasol on 11 of the 14 factors compared.

Sasol Company Profile

Sasol Limited is an international integrated chemicals and energy company. The Company develops and commercializes technologies, and builds and operates facilities to produce a range of product streams, including liquid fuels, chemicals and low-carbon electricity. The Company’s operating business units include Mining and, Exploration and Production International. Its Strategic Business Units are energy, base chemicals, performance chemicals and group functions. The Company’s regional operating hubs include Southern Africa Operations and International Operations. The Company operates approximately six coal mines that supply feedstock for its Secunda (Sasol Synfuels) and Sasolburg (Sasolburg Operations) complexes in South Africa. It offers market ready fuels and oils, such as bitumen; industrial heating fuels; naphtha and illuminating paraffin transport fuels; automotive lubricants; industrial lubricants; greases; cleansers and degreasers; automotive fuels, and burner fuels.

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