Analyzing Sasol (NYSE:SSL) and Its Rivals

Sasol (NYSE: SSL) is one of 36 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Sasol to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

2.0% of Sasol shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.1% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Sasol shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.0% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Sasol and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Sasol $12.68 billion $1.50 billion N/A
Sasol Competitors $42.89 billion $1.43 billion 275.56

Sasol’s rivals have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Sasol.

Risk & Volatility

Sasol has a beta of 0.94, meaning that its stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sasol’s rivals have a beta of 1.21, meaning that their average stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Sasol pays an annual dividend of $0.74 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.3% and pay out 374.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Sasol and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sasol N/A N/A N/A
Sasol Competitors -1.48% 3.51% 1.70%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Sasol and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sasol 0 2 1 0 2.33
Sasol Competitors 436 1917 2502 124 2.46

As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 12.63%. Given Sasol’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Sasol has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Summary

Sasol rivals beat Sasol on 11 of the 14 factors compared.

About Sasol

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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