Head to Head Contrast: Delek US Holdings (DK) and HollyFrontier Corp (HOC)

HollyFrontier Corp (NYSE: HOC) and Delek US Holdings (NYSE:DK) are both energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitabiliy, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for HollyFrontier Corp and Delek US Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
HollyFrontier Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A
Delek US Holdings 0 12 3 0 2.20

Delek US Holdings has a consensus price target of $21.64, suggesting a potential downside of 18.94%. Given Delek US Holdings’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Delek US Holdings is more favorable than HollyFrontier Corp.

Profitability

This table compares HollyFrontier Corp and Delek US Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
HollyFrontier Corp -1.23% -3.97% -1.60%
Delek US Holdings -2.37% -2.83% -1.11%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

96.8% of Delek US Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of Delek US Holdings shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Delek US Holdings pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. HollyFrontier Corp does not pay a dividend. Delek US Holdings pays out -33.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares HollyFrontier Corp and Delek US Holdings’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
HollyFrontier Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Delek US Holdings $4.49 billion 0.37 $114.30 million ($1.82) -14.67

Delek US Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than HollyFrontier Corp.

Summary

Delek US Holdings beats HollyFrontier Corp on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About HollyFrontier Corp

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.

About Delek US Holdings

Delek US Holdings, Inc. is an integrated downstream energy business focused on petroleum refining and the transportation, storage and wholesale of crude oil, intermediate and refined products. The Company operates through two segments: Refining and Logistics. The Company’s refining segment operates independent refineries in Tyler, Texas (the Tyler refinery) and El Dorado, Arkansas (the El Dorado refinery). The Company’s logistics segment gathers, transports and stores crude oil and markets, distributes, transports and stores refined products in select regions of the southeastern United States and west Texas for both its refining segment and third parties. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s refineries located in Tyler, Texas and El Dorado, Arkansas, represented a combined 155,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude throughput capacity. Its refining system produces a range of petroleum-based products used in transportation and industrial markets.

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