Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE) and Sasol (NYSE:SSL) are both small-cap utilities companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, profitabiliy and dividends.

Volatility and Risk

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has a beta of 1.87, suggesting that its stock price is 87% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sasol has a beta of 0.89, suggesting that its stock price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and Sasol, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. 0 0 2 0 3.00
Sasol 0 1 5 0 2.83

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. presently has a consensus target price of $6.05, indicating a potential upside of 151.04%. Given Clean Energy Fuels Corp.’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is more favorable than Sasol.

Profitability

This table compares Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and Sasol’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. 7.24% 5.26% 2.95%
Sasol N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

Sasol pays an annual dividend of $0.83 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. does not pay a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and Sasol’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. $396.37 million 0.92 $32.15 million $0.15 16.07
Sasol $13.28 billion 0.01 $3.52 billion N/A N/A

Sasol has higher revenue and earnings than Clean Energy Fuels Corp..

Institutional & Insider Ownership

33.6% of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.4% of Sasol shares are held by institutional investors. 26.7% of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Sasol shares are held 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.

Summary

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. beats Sasol on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. Company Profile

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (Clean Energy) is a provider of natural gas as an alternative fuel for vehicle fleets in the United States and Canada. The Company is engaged in supplying compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and renewable natural gas (RNG) for light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles, and providing operation and maintenance (O&M) services for natural gas fueling stations. The Company designs, builds, operates and maintains fueling stations; manufactures, sells and services non-lubricated natural gas fueling compressors and other equipment used in CNG stations and LNG stations; offers assessment, design and modification solutions to provide operators with code-compliant service and maintenance facilities for natural gas vehicle fleets, and transports and sells CNG and LNG to industrial and institutional energy users having no direct access to natural gas pipelines, among others.

Sasol Company Profile

Sasol Limited is an international integrated chemicals and energy company. The Company develops and commercializes technologies, and builds and operates facilities to produce a range of product streams, including liquid fuels, chemicals and low-carbon electricity. The Company’s operating business units include Mining and, Exploration and Production International. Its Strategic Business Units are energy, base chemicals, performance chemicals and group functions. The Company’s regional operating hubs include Southern Africa Operations and International Operations. The Company operates approximately six coal mines that supply feedstock for its Secunda (Sasol Synfuels) and Sasolburg (Sasolburg Operations) complexes in South Africa. It offers market ready fuels and oils, such as bitumen; industrial heating fuels; naphtha and illuminating paraffin transport fuels; automotive lubricants; industrial lubricants; greases; cleansers and degreasers; automotive fuels, and burner fuels.

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