Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE) and Aegean Marine Petroleum Network (NYSE:ANW) are both small-cap utilities companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations and earnings.
This table compares Clean Energy Fuels and Aegean Marine Petroleum Network’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Clean Energy Fuels||-15.47%||-10.52%||-6.31%|
|Aegean Marine Petroleum Network||0.28%||4.26%||1.55%|
This table compares Clean Energy Fuels and Aegean Marine Petroleum Network’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Clean Energy Fuels||$402.66 million||0.74||-$12.15 million||($0.37)||-5.35|
|Aegean Marine Petroleum Network||$4.08 billion||0.05||$51.87 million||$0.38||12.63|
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has higher revenue and earnings than Clean Energy Fuels. Clean Energy Fuels is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Aegean Marine Petroleum Network, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Volatility & Risk
Clean Energy Fuels has a beta of 1.85, meaning that its share price is 85% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has a beta of 2.09, meaning that its share price is 109% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
35.5% of Clean Energy Fuels shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.3% of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network shares are owned by institutional investors. 14.9% of Clean Energy Fuels shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Clean Energy Fuels does not pay a dividend. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network pays out 21.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Clean Energy Fuels and Aegean Marine Petroleum Network, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Clean Energy Fuels||0||0||0||0||N/A|
|Aegean Marine Petroleum Network||0||0||3||0||3.00|
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has a consensus price target of $7.00, suggesting a potential upside of 45.83%. Given Aegean Marine Petroleum Network’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Aegean Marine Petroleum Network is more favorable than Clean Energy Fuels.
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network beats Clean Energy Fuels on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Clean Energy Fuels
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (Clean Energy) is a provider of natural gas as an alternative fuel for vehicle fleets in the United States and Canada. The Company is engaged in supplying compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and renewable natural gas (RNG) for light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles, and providing operation and maintenance (O&M) services for natural gas fueling stations. The Company designs, builds, operates and maintains fueling stations; manufactures, sells and services non-lubricated natural gas fueling compressors and other equipment used in CNG stations and LNG stations; offers assessment, design and modification solutions to provide operators with code-compliant service and maintenance facilities for natural gas vehicle fleets, and transports and sells CNG and LNG to industrial and institutional energy users having no direct access to natural gas pipelines, among others.
About Aegean Marine Petroleum Network
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.
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