Vertex Energy (NASDAQ:VTNR) and China Petroleum & Chemical (NYSE:SNP) are both industrial products companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Volatility and Risk

Vertex Energy has a beta of 1.09, indicating that its share price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, China Petroleum & Chemical has a beta of 1.3, indicating that its share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Vertex Energy and China Petroleum & Chemical, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Vertex Energy 0 1 0 0 2.00
China Petroleum & Chemical 0 2 3 0 2.60

Dividends

China Petroleum & Chemical pays an annual dividend of $4.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. Vertex Energy does not pay a dividend. China Petroleum & Chemical pays out 74.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Vertex Energy and China Petroleum & Chemical’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Vertex Energy $145.50 million 0.44 -$8.43 million ($0.36) -5.11
China Petroleum & Chemical $349.32 billion 0.30 $7.58 billion $5.57 15.43

China Petroleum & Chemical has higher revenue and earnings than Vertex Energy. Vertex Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than China Petroleum & Chemical, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Vertex Energy and China Petroleum & Chemical’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Vertex Energy -1.91% -7.93% -2.61%
China Petroleum & Chemical 2.71% 7.14% 3.91%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

11.8% of Vertex Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.0% of China Petroleum & Chemical shares are owned by institutional investors. 29.2% of Vertex Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 92.2% of China Petroleum & Chemical shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

China Petroleum & Chemical beats Vertex Energy on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Vertex Energy

Vertex Energy, Inc., an environmental services company, provides a range of services designed to aggregate, process, and recycle industrial and commercial waste systems in 15 states, primarily in the Gulf Coast, Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. The company operates in three divisions: Black Oil, Refining and Marketing, and Recovery. The Black Oil division collects and purchases used motor oil directly from third-party generators; aggregates used motor oil from a network of local and regional collectors; and sells used motor oil to customers for use as a feedstock or replacement fuel for industrial burners. This division also produces and sells a vacuum gas oil product to refineries and marine fuels market; and base oil product to lubricant packagers and distributors. The Refining and Marketing division gathers hydrocarbon streams in the form of petroleum distillates, transmix, and other chemical products that are purchased from pipeline operators, refineries, chemical processing facilities, and third-party providers; and sells end products, such as gasoline blendstock, pygas, and fuel oil cutter stock to oil companies or to petroleum trading and blending companies. The Recovery division generates solutions for the recovery and management of hydrocarbon streams; and provides dismantling, demolition, decommission, and marine salvage services, as well as owns and operates a fleet of trucks and other vehicles used for shipping and handling equipment and scrap materials. Vertex Energy, Inc. is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

About China Petroleum & Chemical

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, an energy and chemical company, engages in the oil and gas, and chemical operations and businesses in the People's Republic of China. It operates through five segments: Exploration and Production, Refining, Marketing and Distribution, Chemicals, and Corporate and Others. The company explores and develops oil fields; produces crude oil and natural gas; processes and purifies crude oil; and manufactures and sells petroleum products. It also owns and operates oil depots and service stations; and distributes and sells refined petroleum products, including gasoline and diesel through wholesale and retail sales networks. In addition, the company manufactures and sells petrochemical and derivative petrochemical products; and other chemical products, such as basic organic chemicals, synthetic resins, synthetic fiber monomers and polymers, synthetic fibers, synthetic rubber, and chemical fertilizers. Further, it is involved in the pipeline transportation and sale of petroleum and natural gas; production, sale, storage, and transportation of refinery and coal chemical products; the import and export of petroleum, natural gas, petroleum products, petrochemical and chemical products, and other commodities and technologies; research, development, and application of technologies and information; production and sale of catalyst products, lubricant base oil, polyester chips and fibers, plastics, and intermediate petrochemical products; production, sale, research, and development of ethylene and downstream byproducts; and coal chemical industry investment management activities. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People's Republic of China. China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation is a subsidiary of China Petrochemical Corporation.

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