Contrasting Sasol (SSL) and Its Competitors

Sasol (NYSE: SSL) is one of 37 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Sasol to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and earnings.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Sasol and its peers 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 $40.29 billion $685.91 million 274.73

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

2.0% of Sasol shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.1% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Sasol shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.0% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Sasol pays an annual dividend of $0.74 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.9% and pay out 408.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Sasol and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sasol 0 2 1 0 2.33
Sasol Competitors 430 1889 2476 120 2.47

As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 3.02%. Given Sasol’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Sasol has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Risk and Volatility

Sasol has a beta of 0.9, suggesting that its share price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sasol’s peers have a beta of 1.30, suggesting that their average share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Sasol and its peers’ 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 -5.06% 1.18% 0.38%

Summary

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

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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