Contrasting Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (CLNE) & Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM)

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE) and Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) are both utilities companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and Exxon Mobil Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. $369.36 million 0.99 $18.21 million $0.15 16.10
Exxon Mobil Corporation $215.29 billion 1.62 $27.62 billion $2.77 29.76

Exxon Mobil Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Clean Energy Fuels Corp.. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Exxon Mobil Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. 7.24% 5.14% 2.98%
Exxon Mobil Corporation 4.75% 7.62% 4.04%

Dividends

Exxon Mobil Corporation pays an annual dividend of $3.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.7%. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. does not pay a dividend. Exxon Mobil Corporation pays out 111.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has increased its dividend for 34 consecutive years.

Risk and Volatility

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has a beta of 1.91, indicating that its share price is 91% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Exxon Mobil Corporation has a beta of 0.82, indicating that its share price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

34.4% of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.7% of Exxon Mobil Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 26.7% of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.1% of Exxon Mobil Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Clean Energy Fuels Corp. and Exxon Mobil Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. 0 0 0 0 N/A
Exxon Mobil Corporation 6 13 8 1 2.14

Exxon Mobil Corporation has a consensus price target of $85.20, indicating a potential upside of 3.37%. Given Exxon Mobil Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Exxon Mobil Corporation is more favorable than Clean Energy Fuels Corp..

Summary

Exxon Mobil Corporation beats Clean Energy Fuels Corp. on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

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.

About Exxon Mobil Corporation

Exxon Mobil Corporation is engaged in energy business. The Company is engaged in the exploration, production, transportation and sale of crude oil and natural gas, and the manufacture, transportation and sale of petroleum products. The Company also manufactures and markets commodity petrochemicals, including olefins, aromatics, polyethylene and polypropylene plastics, and a range of specialty products. The Company’s segments include Upstream, Downstream, Chemical, and Corporate and Financing. The Upstream segment operates to explore for and produce crude oil and natural gas. The Downstream operates to manufacture and sell petroleum products. The Chemical segment operates to manufacture and sell petrochemicals. The Company has exploration and development activities in projects located in the United States, Canada/South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia/Oceania.

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