Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (CLNE) vs. Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) Critical Analysis

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE) and Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:MPC) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.

Profitability

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

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

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. $402.66 million 0.76 -$12.15 million ($0.37) -5.46
Marathon Petroleum Corporation $63.36 billion 0.48 $1.17 billion $3.26 19.08

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.

Risk & Volatility

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

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. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and Marathon Petroleum Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

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

Marathon Petroleum Corporation has a consensus price target of $64.58, indicating a potential upside of 3.83%. Given Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Marathon Petroleum Corporation is more favorable than Clean Energy Fuels Corp..

Institutional and Insider Ownership

33.9% of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 81.0% of Marathon Petroleum Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 14.9% of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.1% of Marathon Petroleum Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Marathon Petroleum Corporation beats Clean Energy Fuels Corp. on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. Company Profile

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.

Marathon Petroleum Corporation Company Profile

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.

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