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

Dividends

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. BP pays an annual dividend of $2.38 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.6%. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network pays out 21.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. BP pays out 203.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Aegean Marine Petroleum Network and BP, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network 0 0 3 0 3.00
BP 2 7 8 0 2.35

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network currently has a consensus price target of $7.00, indicating a potential upside of 52.17%. BP has a consensus price target of $37.73, indicating a potential downside of 12.02%. Given Aegean Marine Petroleum Network’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Aegean Marine Petroleum Network is more favorable than BP.

Risk and Volatility

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has a beta of 2.09, meaning that its stock price is 109% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BP has a beta of 0.97, meaning that its stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

62.3% of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.9% of BP shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of BP shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Aegean Marine Petroleum Network and BP’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network 0.28% 4.26% 1.55%
BP 1.70% 4.52% 1.68%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Aegean Marine Petroleum Network and BP’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network $4.08 billion 0.05 $51.87 million $0.38 12.11
BP $186.61 billion 0.76 $115.00 million $1.17 36.65

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

Summary

BP beats Aegean Marine Petroleum Network on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

About BP

BP p.l.c. is an integrated oil and gas company. The Company owns an interest in OJSC Oil Company Rosneft (Rosneft), an oil and gas company. The Company’s segments include Upstream, Downstream, Rosneft, and Other businesses and corporate. The Upstream segment is engaged in oil and natural gas exploration, field development and production, as well as midstream transportation, storage and processing. The Downstream segment has global manufacturing and marketing operations. The Rosneft segment has a resource base of hydrocarbons onshore and offshore. The Other businesses and corporate segment comprises the biofuels and wind businesses, shipping and treasury functions, and corporate activities around the world. The Company provides its customers with fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, lubricants to keep engines moving and the petrochemicals products used to make everyday items as diverse as paints, clothes and packaging.

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