Sasol (NYSE: SSL) and PBF Energy (NYSE:PBF) are both mid-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, earnings, valuation and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

1.8% of Sasol shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Sasol shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.6% of PBF Energy shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Sasol has a beta of 0.86, indicating that its share price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PBF Energy has a beta of 1.41, indicating that its share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Sasol and PBF Energy’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sasol $13.33 billion 1.38 $3.92 billion N/A N/A
PBF Energy $19.03 billion 0.15 $189.02 million ($0.33) -80.64

Sasol has higher revenue, but lower earnings than PBF Energy.

Dividends

Sasol pays an annual dividend of $0.74 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. PBF Energy pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.5%. PBF Energy pays out -363.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Sasol and PBF Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sasol 0 1 2 0 2.67
PBF Energy 1 7 5 0 2.31

PBF Energy has a consensus price target of $23.67, indicating a potential downside of 11.06%. Given PBF Energy’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe PBF Energy is more favorable than Sasol.

Profitability

This table compares Sasol and PBF Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sasol N/A N/A N/A
PBF Energy -0.23% -4.98% -1.61%

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.

About PBF Energy

PBF Energy Inc. (PBF Energy) is a holding company. The Company is an independent petroleum refiner and supplier of unbranded transportation fuels, heating oil, petrochemical feedstocks, lubricants and other petroleum products in the United States. The Company operates through two segments: Refining and Logistics. It sells its products throughout the Northeast, Midwest, Gulf Coast and West Coast of the United States, as well as in other regions of the United States and Canada, and ships products to other international destinations. As of December 31, 2016, it owned and operated five domestic oil refineries and related assets. As of December 31, 2016, its refineries had a combined processing capacity, known as throughput, of approximately 900,000 barrels per day (bpd) and a weighted-average Nelson Complexity Index of approximately 12.2. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated five refineries providing geographic and market diversity.

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