HollyFrontier Corporation (HFC) vs. Renewable Energy Group (REGI) Head to Head Review

Renewable Energy Group (NASDAQ: REGI) and HollyFrontier Corporation (NYSE:HFC) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and profitabiliy.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.3% of HollyFrontier Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of HollyFrontier Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Renewable Energy Group and HollyFrontier Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Renewable Energy Group N/A N/A N/A
HollyFrontier Corporation -2.82% 1.37% 0.79%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Renewable Energy Group and HollyFrontier Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Renewable Energy Group 0 1 2 0 2.67
HollyFrontier Corporation 3 8 2 0 1.92

Renewable Energy Group currently has a consensus price target of $14.00, suggesting a potential upside of 13.13%. HollyFrontier Corporation has a consensus price target of $32.60, suggesting a potential upside of 24.14%. Given HollyFrontier Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe HollyFrontier Corporation is more favorable than Renewable Energy Group.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Renewable Energy Group and HollyFrontier Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Renewable Energy Group $2.16 billion 0.22 $95.97 million N/A N/A
HollyFrontier Corporation $11.60 billion 0.40 $838.07 million ($1.87) -14.04

HollyFrontier Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Renewable Energy Group.

Dividends

HollyFrontier Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.0%. Renewable Energy Group does not pay a dividend. HollyFrontier Corporation pays out -70.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Renewable Energy Group has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Summary

HollyFrontier Corporation beats Renewable Energy Group on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Renewable Energy Group Company Profile

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. is focused on providing cleaner, lower carbon intensity products and services. The Company is a producer of biomass-based diesel in North America. Its segments include Biomass-based diesel, Services, Renewable Chemicals and Corporate and other activities. It is involved in various activities related to biomass-based diesel production, from acquiring feedstock, managing construction and operating biomass-based diesel production facilities to marketing, selling and distributing biomass-based diesel and its co-products. As of December 31, 2016, it owned and operated a network of 14 biorefineries. As of December 31, 2016, 12 biorefineries were located in the United States and two in Germany, and 13 of which produce biodiesel or renewable hydrocarbon diesel and had an aggregate nameplate production capacity of 502 million gallons per year (mmgy). As of December 31, 2016, it also operated one microbial fermentation facility and one feedstock processing facility.

HollyFrontier Corporation Company Profile

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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