Arc Logistics Partners (NYSE: ARCX) and Sasol (NYSE:SSL) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

44.4% of Arc Logistics Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.0% of Sasol shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Sasol shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Arc Logistics Partners and Sasol, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Arc Logistics Partners 0 2 0 0 2.00
Sasol 0 2 1 0 2.33

Arc Logistics Partners presently has a consensus target price of $16.50, suggesting a potential upside of 0.18%. Given Arc Logistics Partners’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Arc Logistics Partners is more favorable than Sasol.

Volatility & Risk

Arc Logistics Partners has a beta of 0.79, suggesting that its share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sasol has a beta of 0.9, suggesting that its share price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Arc Logistics Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.7%. Sasol pays an annual dividend of $0.74 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Arc Logistics Partners pays out 359.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Sasol has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Arc Logistics Partners and Sasol’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Arc Logistics Partners $105.38 million 3.06 $15.04 million $0.49 33.61
Sasol $12.68 billion 1.63 $1.50 billion N/A N/A

Sasol has higher revenue and earnings than Arc Logistics Partners.

Profitability

This table compares Arc Logistics Partners and Sasol’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Arc Logistics Partners 9.14% 3.38% 1.88%
Sasol N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Sasol beats Arc Logistics Partners on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Arc Logistics Partners

Arc Logistics Partners LP owns, operates, develops and acquires a portfolio of energy logistics assets. The Company is engaged in the terminaling, storage, throughput and transloading of crude oil and petroleum products. The Company is focused on growing its business through the optimization, organic development and acquisition of terminaling, storage, rail, pipeline and other energy logistics assets. As of March 6, 2017, the Company’s energy logistics assets were located in the East Coast, Gulf Coast, Midwest, Rocky Mountains and West Coast regions of the United States and supplied a group of third-party customers, including oil companies, independent refiners, crude oil and petroleum product marketers, distributors and various industrial manufacturers. As of December 31, 2016, its assets consisted of 21 terminals in 12 states; four rail transloading facilities, and the liquefied natural gas (LNG) Interest in connection with the LNG Facility.

About Sasol

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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