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

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. $369.36 million 1.01 $18.21 million $0.15 16.53
CVR Refining, $5.19 billion 0.25 $230.60 million $0.36 24.44

CVR Refining, has higher revenue and earnings than Clean Energy Fuels Corp.. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CVR Refining,, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and CVR Refining,’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. 7.24% 5.14% 2.98%
CVR Refining, 1.02% 3.99% 2.25%

Volatility & Risk

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has a beta of 1.9, meaning that its stock price is 90% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CVR Refining, has a beta of 1.25, meaning that its stock price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

34.4% of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 11.0% of CVR Refining, shares are owned by institutional investors. 26.7% of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and CVR Refining,, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. 0 0 1 0 3.00
CVR Refining, 1 5 0 0 1.83

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. presently has a consensus target price of $6.30, suggesting a potential upside of 154.03%. CVR Refining, has a consensus target price of $9.67, suggesting a potential upside of 9.85%. Given Clean Energy Fuels Corp.’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is more favorable than CVR Refining,.

Summary

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. beats CVR Refining, on 10 of the 14 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.

CVR Refining, Company Profile

CVR Refining, LP is an independent downstream energy limited partnership with refining and related logistics assets that operates in the mid-continent region. The Company is a petroleum refiner. It owned and operated a complex full coking medium-sour crude oil refinery in Coffeyville, Kansas with a rated capacity of 115,000 barrels per calendar day (bpcd) and a complex crude oil refinery in Wynnewood, Oklahoma with a rated capacity of 70,000 bpcd capable of processing 20,000 bpcd of light sour crude oils (within its rated capacity of 70,000 bpcd), as of December 31, 2016. In addition, it also controlled and operated supporting logistics assets, including approximately 340 miles of active owned and leased pipelines, approximately 150 crude oil transports, a network of crude oil gathering tank farms, approximately 6.4 million barrels of owned and leased crude oil storage and over 4.5 million barrels of combined refined products and feedstocks storage capacity, as of December 31, 2016.

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