HollyFrontier Corporation (NYSE: HFC) and Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ:CLMT) are both oils/energy 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.

Profitability

This table compares HollyFrontier Corporation and Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
HollyFrontier Corporation 1.13% 2.65% 1.50%
Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. -2.81% -48.17% -3.84%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for HollyFrontier Corporation and Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P., as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
HollyFrontier Corporation 3 5 4 0 2.08
Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. 1 4 2 0 2.14

HollyFrontier Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $30.40, indicating a potential downside of 2.91%. Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. has a consensus price target of $5.08, indicating a potential downside of 36.46%. Given HollyFrontier Corporation’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe HollyFrontier Corporation is more favorable than Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P..

Insider and Institutional Ownership

83.8% of HollyFrontier Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.7% of Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of HollyFrontier Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.8% of Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. 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.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares HollyFrontier Corporation and Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P.’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
HollyFrontier Corporation $12.34 billion 0.45 $733.52 million $0.79 39.63
Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. N/A N/A N/A ($1.39) -5.76

HollyFrontier Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P.. Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than HollyFrontier Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

HollyFrontier Corporation has a beta of 1.24, meaning that its stock price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. has a beta of 1.37, meaning that its stock price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

HollyFrontier Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.2%. Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. does not pay a dividend. HollyFrontier Corporation pays out 167.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Summary

HollyFrontier Corporation beats Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

HollyFrontier Corporation 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.

Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. Company Profile

Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. is a producer of specialty hydrocarbon products in North America. The Company operates through three segments: specialty products, fuel products and oilfield services. In its specialty products segment, the Company processes crude oil and other feedstocks into a range of customized lubricating oils, white mineral oils, solvents, petrolatums and waxes. Its specialty products are sold to domestic and international customers using its products as raw material components for basic industrial, consumer and automotive goods. It also blends and market specialty products through its Royal Purple, Bel-Ray, TruFuel and Quantum brands. In its fuel products segment, the Company processes crude oil into a range of fuel and fuel-related products, including gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, asphalt and heavy fuel oils, and resells purchased crude oil to third-party customers.

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