Financial Contrast: Murphy USA (MUSA) versus Its Rivals

Murphy USA (NYSE: MUSA) is one of 20 public companies in the “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Murphy USA to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, dividends, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Murphy USA and its competitors, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Murphy USA 1 4 1 0 2.00
Murphy USA Competitors 116 608 661 28 2.43

Murphy USA currently has a consensus price target of $91.67, indicating a potential upside of 31.21%. As a group, “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” companies have a potential upside of 17.25%. Given Murphy USA’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Murphy USA is more favorable than its competitors.

Risk & Volatility

Murphy USA has a beta of 0.89, indicating that its stock price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Murphy USA’s competitors have a beta of 9.98, indicating that their average stock price is 898% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Murphy USA and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Murphy USA 1.91% 22.69% 7.08%
Murphy USA Competitors 3.22% 33.52% 3.60%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Murphy USA and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Murphy USA $12.83 billion $245.26 million 16.17
Murphy USA Competitors $8.01 billion $218.36 million 12.43

Murphy USA has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Murphy USA is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

93.2% of Murphy USA shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.7% of shares of all “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” companies are owned by institutional investors. 8.1% of Murphy USA shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 17.0% of shares of all “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Murphy USA competitors beat Murphy USA on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About Murphy USA

Murphy USA Inc. operates a chain of retail stores in the United States. The company's retail stores offer motor fuel products and convenience merchandise. It operates retail stores under the Murphy USA and Murphy Express brand names. As of January 31, 2018, the company operated approximately 1,446 retail stores located primarily in the Southwest, Southeast, and Midwest United States. Murphy USA Inc. was incorporated in 2013 and is headquartered in El Dorado, Arkansas.

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