HollyFrontier Corp (NYSE: HFC) and Northern Tier Energy (NYSE:NTI) are both energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, valuation, earnings, risk and dividends.


This table compares HollyFrontier Corp and Northern Tier Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
HollyFrontier Corp -1.23% -3.97% -1.60%
Northern Tier Energy 1.69% 12.03% 4.34%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares HollyFrontier Corp and Northern Tier Energy’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
HollyFrontier Corp $11.60 billion 0.42 $838.07 million ($1.87) -14.83
Northern Tier Energy N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

HollyFrontier Corp has higher revenue and earnings than Northern Tier Energy.


HollyFrontier Corp pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. Northern Tier Energy does not pay a dividend. HollyFrontier Corp pays out -70.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. HollyFrontier Corp has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years and Northern Tier Energy has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for HollyFrontier Corp and Northern Tier Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
HollyFrontier Corp 3 7 2 0 1.92
Northern Tier Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A

HollyFrontier Corp currently has a consensus price target of $32.70, indicating a potential upside of 17.88%. Given HollyFrontier Corp’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe HollyFrontier Corp is more favorable than Northern Tier Energy.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

84.7% of HollyFrontier Corp shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of HollyFrontier Corp shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


HollyFrontier Corp beats Northern Tier Energy on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

HollyFrontier Corp Company Profile

HollyFrontier Corporation is an independent petroleum refiner. The Company produces various light products, such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, specialty lubricant products, and specialty and modified asphalt. It segments include Refining and Holly Energy Partners, L.P. (HEP). The Refining segment includes the operations of the Company’s El Dorado, Kansas (the El Dorado Refinery); refinery facilities located in Tulsa, Oklahoma (collectively, the Tulsa Refineries); a refinery in Artesia, New Mexico that is operated in conjunction with crude oil distillation and vacuum distillation and other facilities situated 65 miles away in Lovington, New Mexico (collectively, the Navajo Refinery); refinery located in Cheyenne, Wyoming (the Cheyenne Refinery); a refinery in Woods Cross, Utah (the Woods Cross Refinery), and HollyFrontier Asphalt Company (HFC Asphalt). The HEP segment involves all of the operations of HEP. HEP is a limited partnership, which owns and operates logistic assets.

Northern Tier Energy Company Profile

Northern Tier Energy LP is a downstream energy limited partnership. The Company has refining, retail and logistics operations that serve the Petroleum Administration for Defense District II (PADD II) region of the United States. It operates through two segments: the refining business and the retail business. Its refining segment consists of over 97,800 barrels per stream day refinery located in St. Paul Park, Minnesota. Its refineries process light, heavy, sweet and sour crudes into refined products. It also owns storage and transportation assets. The retail segment operates over 170 convenience stores and supports over 110 franchised convenience stores, which are operated under the SuperAmerica brand. These convenience stores are located throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota and sell various grades of gasoline and diesel, tobacco products and immediately consumable items, such as beverages, prepared food and a range of snacks and prepackaged items.

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