Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: MPC) and Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ:CLNE) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Marathon Petroleum Corporation and Clean Energy Fuels Corp.’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Marathon Petroleum Corporation $63.36 billion 0.48 $1.17 billion $3.26 19.10
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. $402.66 million 0.79 -$12.15 million ($0.37) -5.68

Marathon Petroleum Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Clean Energy Fuels Corp.. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Marathon Petroleum Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

81.0% of Marathon Petroleum Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 33.9% of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of Marathon Petroleum Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 26.7% of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Marathon Petroleum Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. does not pay a dividend. Marathon Petroleum Corporation pays out 49.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Marathon Petroleum Corporation has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Marathon Petroleum Corporation and Clean Energy Fuels Corp., as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Marathon Petroleum Corporation 0 4 10 0 2.71
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. 0 0 0 0 N/A

Marathon Petroleum Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $64.58, suggesting a potential upside of 3.72%. Given Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Marathon Petroleum Corporation is more favorable than Clean Energy Fuels Corp..

Profitability

This table compares Marathon Petroleum Corporation and Clean Energy Fuels Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Marathon Petroleum Corporation 2.35% 8.52% 3.71%
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. -15.47% -10.52% -6.31%

Volatility and Risk

Marathon Petroleum Corporation has a beta of 1.59, suggesting that its stock price is 59% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has a beta of 1.85, suggesting that its stock price is 85% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Marathon Petroleum Corporation beats Clean Energy Fuels Corp. on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Marathon Petroleum Corporation is engaged in refining, marketing, retail and transportation businesses in the United States and the largest east of the Mississippi. The Company operates through three segments: Refining & Marketing; Speedway; and Midstream. The Refining & Marketing segment refines crude oil and other feedstocks at the Company’s seven refineries in the Gulf Coast and Midwest regions of the United States. Its Speedway segment sells transportation fuels and convenience products in the retail market in the Midwest, East Coast and Southeast regions of the United States. The Company’s Midstream is engaged in the operations of MPLX LP and certain other related operations. It gathers, processes and transports natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil and refined products. MPLX is a limited partnership which owns, operates, develops and acquires midstream energy infrastructure assets.

About Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

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.

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