CVR Refining (CVRR) vs. Murphy USA (MUSA) Head-To-Head Contrast

CVR Refining (NYSE: CVRR) and Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

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This table compares CVR Refining and Murphy USA’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CVR Refining $5.66 billion 0.34 $88.80 million $0.59 21.86
Murphy USA $12.83 billion 0.20 $245.26 million $6.91 10.95

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for CVR Refining and Murphy USA, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CVR Refining 0 4 0 0 2.00
Murphy USA 1 4 1 0 2.00

CVR Refining currently has a consensus price target of $14.33, suggesting a potential upside of 11.11%. Murphy USA has a consensus price target of $91.67, suggesting a potential upside of 21.11%. Given Murphy USA’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Murphy USA is more favorable than CVR Refining.

Risk and Volatility

CVR Refining has a beta of 1.5, suggesting that its share price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Murphy USA has a beta of 0.88, suggesting that its share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares CVR Refining and Murphy USA’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CVR Refining 1.57% 6.62% 3.70%
Murphy USA 1.91% 22.69% 7.08%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

14.3% of CVR Refining shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.2% of Murphy USA shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.3% of Murphy USA shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

CVR Refining pays an annual dividend of $1.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 14.0%. Murphy USA does not pay a dividend. CVR Refining pays out 305.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

Murphy USA beats CVR Refining on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About CVR Refining

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.

About Murphy USA

Murphy USA Inc. is engaged in the marketing of retail motor fuel products and merchandise through a chain of retail stores. The Company operates through the Marketing segment. The Marketing segment includes its retail marketing sites and product supply, and wholesale assets. As of December 31, 2016, its retail stores were located in 26 states, primarily in the Southwest, Southeast and Midwest the United States. Out of the total 1,401 stores, 1,152 were branded Murphy USA and 249 were Murphy Express locations, as of December 31, 2016. Its retail stores under the brand name Murphy USA participate in the Walmart discount program. The Walmart discount program offers a cents-off per gallon purchased for fuel when using specific payment methods as decided by Walmart and the Company. Its business also includes product supply and wholesale assets, including product distribution terminals and pipeline positions.

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