Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO) is one of 38 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Valero Energy Corporation to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Valero Energy Corporation and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Valero Energy Corporation $79.10 billion $4.86 billion 19.28
Valero Energy Corporation Competitors $45.68 billion $4.44 billion 22.98

Valero Energy Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Valero Energy Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Valero Energy Corporation and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Valero Energy Corporation 2.17% 8.59% 3.88%
Valero Energy Corporation Competitors -1.52% 2.05% 1.32%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

80.7% of Valero Energy Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Valero Energy Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.7% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Valero Energy Corporation has a beta of 1.22, indicating that its share price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Valero Energy Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 1.30, indicating that their average share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Valero Energy Corporation and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Valero Energy Corporation 0 8 10 0 2.56
Valero Energy Corporation Competitors 362 1712 2129 109 2.46

Valero Energy Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $74.53, indicating a potential downside of 4.54%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 10.51%. Given Valero Energy Corporation’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Valero Energy Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Dividends

Valero Energy Corporation pays an annual dividend of $2.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Valero Energy Corporation pays out 69.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.1% and pay out 864.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Valero Energy Corporation has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Summary

Valero Energy Corporation beats its competitors on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

Valero Energy Corporation Company Profile

Valero Energy Corporation (Valero) is an independent petroleum refiner and ethanol producer. The Company’s segments include refining, ethanol and Valero Energy Partners LP (VLP). The refining segment includes its refining operations and the associated marketing activities. The ethanol segment includes its ethanol operations and the associated marketing activities, and logistics assets that support its ethanol operations. The Company owns logistics assets (crude oil pipelines, refined petroleum product pipelines, terminals, tanks, marine docks, truck rack bays and other assets) that support its refining operations. Some of these assets are owned by VLP, which is a midstream master limited partnership owned by the Company. VLP’s assets include crude oil and refined petroleum products pipeline and terminal systems in the United States Gulf Coast and the United States Mid-Continent regions. Its refineries produce conventional gasolines, premium gasolines and lubricants, among others.

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