BP p.l.c. (NYSE: BP) and Alon USA Partners, (NYSE:ALDW) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for BP p.l.c. and Alon USA Partners,, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BP p.l.c. 3 5 13 0 2.48
Alon USA Partners, 0 2 3 0 2.60

BP p.l.c. currently has a consensus price target of $36.58, indicating a potential upside of 5.19%. Alon USA Partners, has a consensus price target of $12.25, indicating a potential upside of 0.49%. Given BP p.l.c.’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe BP p.l.c. is more favorable than Alon USA Partners,.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares BP p.l.c. and Alon USA Partners,’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BP p.l.c. $209.85 billion 0.54 $19.97 billion $1.15 30.24
Alon USA Partners, $2.04 billion 0.37 $136.33 million $0.71 17.17

BP p.l.c. has higher revenue and earnings than Alon USA Partners,. Alon USA Partners, is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than BP p.l.c., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

10.1% of BP p.l.c. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 5.3% of Alon USA Partners, shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of BP p.l.c. shares are held 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.

Dividends

BP p.l.c. pays an annual dividend of $2.38 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.8%. Alon USA Partners, pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.5%. BP p.l.c. pays out 207.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Alon USA Partners, pays out 197.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. BP p.l.c. has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years. Alon USA Partners, is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Volatility & Risk

BP p.l.c. has a beta of 0.93, meaning that its share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Alon USA Partners, has a beta of 1.05, meaning that its share price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares BP p.l.c. and Alon USA Partners,’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BP p.l.c. 1.74% 3.64% 1.34%
Alon USA Partners, 2.20% 40.06% 5.91%

Summary

BP p.l.c. beats Alon USA Partners, on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

BP p.l.c. Company Profile

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.

Alon USA Partners, Company Profile

Alon USA Partners, LP (Alon) is engaged principally in the business of operating a crude oil refinery in Big Spring, Texas. The Company had a crude oil throughput capacity of 73,000 barrels per day, which the Company referred to as its Big Spring refinery, as of December 31, 2016. The Company refines crude oil into finished products, which the Company markets primarily in Central and West Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona through its integrated wholesale distribution network to retail convenience stores and other third-party distributors. Its Big Spring refinery is located on 1,306 acres in the Permian Basin in West Texas. Major processes at its Big Spring refinery include fluid catalytic cracking, naphtha reforming, vacuum distillation, hydrotreating, aromatic extraction and alkylation. The Company is managed and operated by Alon USA Partners GP, LLC (General Partner), an indirect subsidiary of Alon USA Energy, Inc. (Alon Energy), which is its parent company.

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