SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical Company (SHI) & HollyFrontier Corporation (HFC) Head-To …

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SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical Company (NYSE: SHI) and HollyFrontier Corporation (NYSE:HFC) are both mid-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical Company and HollyFrontier Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell RatingsHold RatingsBuy RatingsStrong Buy RatingsRating Score
SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical Company10001.00
HollyFrontier Corporation38201.92

HollyFrontier Corporation has a consensus price target of $32.60, suggesting a potential upside of 24.14%. Given HollyFrontier Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe HollyFrontier Corporation is more favorable than SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical Company.

Dividends

SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical Company pays an annual dividend of $4.53 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.7%. HollyFrontier Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.0%. SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical Company pays out 48.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. HollyFrontier Corporation pays out -70.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. HollyFrontier Corporation has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

1.0% of SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical Company shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.3% of HollyFrontier Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical Company shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.5% of HollyFrontier Corporation shares are held by 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.

Profitability

This table compares SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical Company and HollyFrontier Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net MarginsReturn on EquityReturn on Assets
SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical Company8.79%27.54%20.37%
HollyFrontier Corporation-2.82%1.37%0.79%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical Company and HollyFrontier Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioEBITDAEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical Company$12.24 billion0.46$1.38 billion$9.285.63
HollyFrontier Corporation$11.60 billion0.40$838.07 million($1.87)-14.04

SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical Company has higher revenue and earnings than HollyFrontier Corporation. HollyFrontier Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical Company, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical Company has a beta of 0.44, meaning that its share price is 56% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, HollyFrontier Corporation has a beta of 1.36, meaning that its share price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical Company beats HollyFrontier Corporation on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About SINOPEC Shangai Petrochemical Company

Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Company Limited (Shanghai Petrochemical) is a petrochemical company. The Company and its subsidiaries are principally engaged in processing crude oil into synthetic fibers, resins and plastics, intermediate petrochemicals and petroleum products. The Company operates in five operating segments. The synthetic fibres segment produces polyester and acrylic fibers, which are used in the textile and apparel industries. The resins and plastics segment produces polyester chips, polyethylene resins and films, polypropylene resins and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) granules. The intermediate petrochemicals segment produces p-xylene, benzene and ethylene oxide. The petroleum products segment is equipped with crude oil distillation facilities used to produce vacuum and atmospheric gas oils used as feedstock of the Company’s downstream processing facilities. The trading of petrochemical products segment is engaged in importing and exporting of petrochemical products.

About HollyFrontier Corporation

HollyFrontier Corporation is an independent petroleum refiner. The Company produces various light products, such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, specialty lubricant products, and specialty and modified asphalt. It segments include Refining and Holly Energy Partners, L.P. (HEP). The Refining segment includes the operations of the Company’s El Dorado, Kansas (the El Dorado Refinery); refinery facilities located in Tulsa, Oklahoma (collectively, the Tulsa Refineries); a refinery in Artesia, New Mexico that is operated in conjunction with crude oil distillation and vacuum distillation and other facilities situated 65 miles away in Lovington, New Mexico (collectively, the Navajo Refinery); refinery located in Cheyenne, Wyoming (the Cheyenne Refinery); a refinery in Woods Cross, Utah (the Woods Cross Refinery), and HollyFrontier Asphalt Company (HFC Asphalt). The HEP segment involves all of the operations of HEP. HEP is a limited partnership, which owns and operates logistic assets.

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Source: Google Alert – petrochemicals