Analyzing HollyFrontier Corp (HOC) and Chevron Corporation (CVX)

HollyFrontier Corp (NYSE: HOC) and Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) are both energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and risk.


This table compares HollyFrontier Corp and Chevron Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
HollyFrontier Corp -1.23% -3.97% -1.60%
Chevron Corporation 4.50% 4.13% 2.36%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for HollyFrontier Corp and Chevron Corporation, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
HollyFrontier Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A
Chevron Corporation 3 4 14 0 2.52

Chevron Corporation has a consensus target price of $116.06, suggesting a potential upside of 6.25%. Given Chevron Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Chevron Corporation is more favorable than HollyFrontier Corp.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

62.6% of Chevron Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Chevron Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares HollyFrontier Corp and Chevron Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
HollyFrontier Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Chevron Corporation $116.78 billion 1.77 $19.04 billion $3.08 35.46

Chevron Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than HollyFrontier Corp.


Chevron Corporation pays an annual dividend of $4.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.0%. HollyFrontier Corp does not pay a dividend. Chevron Corporation pays out 140.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. HollyFrontier Corp has increased its dividend for 31 consecutive years.


Chevron Corporation beats HollyFrontier Corp on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

HollyFrontier Corp 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.

Chevron Corporation Company Profile

Chevron Corporation (Chevron) manages its investments in subsidiaries and affiliates, and provides administrative, financial, management and technology support to the United States and international subsidiaries that engage in integrated energy and chemicals operations. The Company operates through two business segments: Upstream and Downstream. Upstream operations consist primarily of exploring for, developing and producing crude oil and natural gas; liquefaction, transportation and regasification associated with liquefied natural gas; transporting crude oil by international oil export pipelines; processing, transporting, storage and marketing of natural gas, and a gas-to-liquids plant. Downstream operations consist primarily of refining of crude oil into petroleum products; marketing of crude oil and refined products; transporting of crude oil and refined products, and manufacturing and marketing of commodity petrochemicals.

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