Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) and Alon USA Energy (NYSE:ALJ) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Chevron Corporation and Alon USA Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Chevron Corporation 4 3 14 0 2.48
Alon USA Energy 0 3 1 0 2.25

Chevron Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $115.83, suggesting a potential upside of 5.20%. Alon USA Energy has a consensus price target of $11.38, suggesting a potential downside of 14.60%. Given Chevron Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Chevron Corporation is more favorable than Alon USA Energy.

Profitability

This table compares Chevron Corporation and Alon USA Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Chevron Corporation 4.50% 4.13% 2.36%
Alon USA Energy 0.89% 5.65% 1.96%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Chevron Corporation and Alon USA Energy’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Chevron Corporation $116.78 billion 1.79 $18.04 billion $3.08 35.75
Alon USA Energy N/A N/A N/A ($0.56) -23.79

Chevron Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Alon USA Energy. Alon USA Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Chevron Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Chevron Corporation has a beta of 1.23, meaning that its share price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Alon USA Energy has a beta of 1.14, meaning that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Chevron Corporation pays an annual dividend of $4.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Alon USA Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.5%. Chevron Corporation pays out 140.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Alon USA Energy pays out -107.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Chevron Corporation has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years and Alon USA Energy has increased its dividend for 31 consecutive years. Alon USA Energy is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

62.6% of Chevron Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.5% of Alon USA Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of Chevron Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.8% of Alon USA Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Chevron Corporation beats Alon USA Energy on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Chevron Corporation

Chevron Corporation (Chevron) manages its investments in subsidiaries and affiliates, and provides administrative, financial, management and technology support to the United States and international subsidiaries that engage in integrated energy and chemicals operations. The Company operates through two business segments: Upstream and Downstream. Upstream operations consist primarily of exploring for, developing and producing crude oil and natural gas; liquefaction, transportation and regasification associated with liquefied natural gas; transporting crude oil by international oil export pipelines; processing, transporting, storage and marketing of natural gas, and a gas-to-liquids plant. Downstream operations consist primarily of refining of crude oil into petroleum products; marketing of crude oil and refined products; transporting of crude oil and refined products, and manufacturing and marketing of commodity petrochemicals.

About Alon USA Energy

Alon USA Energy, Inc. is an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products, operating primarily in the South Central, Southwestern and Western regions of the United States. The Company’s segments include refining and marketing, asphalt and retail. Its refineries produce petroleum products, including various grades of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, petrochemicals, petrochemical feedstocks, asphalt, and other petroleum-based products. As of December 31, 2016, it held interests in Alon USA Partners, LP, which owned a crude oil refinery in Big Spring, Texas, with a crude oil throughput capacity of 73,000 barrels per day and an integrated wholesale marketing business. In addition, it owned a crude oil refinery in Krotz Springs, Louisiana, with a crude oil throughput capacity of approximately 74,000 barrels per day (bpd), as of December 31, 2016. The Company also owns crude oil refineries in California. As of December 31, 2016, it operated approximately 300 convenience stores.

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