Analyzing Murphy USA (MUSA) & The Competition

Murphy USA (NYSE: MUSA) is one of 20 public companies in the “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Murphy USA to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk and earnings.

Profitability

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This table compares Murphy USA and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Murphy USA 1.91% 22.69% 7.08%
Murphy USA Competitors 3.22% 33.52% 3.60%

Risk & Volatility

Murphy USA has a beta of 0.89, indicating that its share price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Murphy USA’s rivals have a beta of 9.98, indicating that their average share price is 898% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Murphy USA and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Murphy USA $12.83 billion $245.26 million 16.17
Murphy USA Competitors $8.01 billion $218.36 million 12.43

Murphy USA has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Murphy USA is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Murphy USA and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Murphy USA 1 4 1 0 2.00
Murphy USA Competitors 116 608 661 28 2.43

Murphy USA presently has a consensus target price of $91.67, indicating a potential upside of 31.21%. As a group, “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” companies have a potential upside of 17.25%. Given Murphy USA’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Murphy USA is more favorable than its rivals.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.2% of Murphy USA shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.7% of shares of all “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” companies are owned by institutional investors. 8.1% of Murphy USA shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 17.0% of shares of all “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Murphy USA rivals beat Murphy USA on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Murphy USA Company Profile

Murphy USA Inc. operates a chain of retail stores in the United States. The company's retail stores offer motor fuel products and convenience merchandise. It operates retail stores under the Murphy USA and Murphy Express brand names. As of January 31, 2018, the company operated approximately 1,446 retail stores located primarily in the Southwest, Southeast, and Midwest United States. Murphy USA Inc. was incorporated in 2013 and is headquartered in El Dorado, Arkansas.

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