Statoil (STO) vs. HollyFrontier (HFC) Head to Head Contrast

Statoil (NYSE:STO) and HollyFrontier (NYSE:HFC) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Statoil and HollyFrontier, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Statoil 1 3 0 0 1.75
HollyFrontier 1 6 7 0 2.43

Statoil currently has a consensus target price of $24.00, suggesting a potential upside of ∞. HollyFrontier has a consensus target price of $73.08, suggesting a potential upside of 29.53%. Given Statoil’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Statoil is more favorable than HollyFrontier.


Statoil pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share. HollyFrontier pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. HollyFrontier pays out 56.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Statoil has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

5.0% of Statoil shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 84.5% of HollyFrontier shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of HollyFrontier shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Statoil and HollyFrontier’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Statoil N/A N/A N/A
HollyFrontier 8.51% 13.94% 7.86%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Statoil and HollyFrontier’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Statoil N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
HollyFrontier $14.25 billion 0.69 $805.39 million $2.32 24.32

HollyFrontier has higher revenue and earnings than Statoil.


HollyFrontier beats Statoil on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Statoil

Equinor ASA engages in the exploration, production, transport, refining, and marketing of petroleum and petroleum-derived products. It operates through the following segments: Exploration and Production Norway; Exploration and Production International; Marketing, Midstream, and Processing; and Other. The Exploration and Production Norway segment includes the commercial development of oil and gas portfolios on the Norwegian continental shelf. The Exploration and Production International segment covers offshore and onshore activities in the USA, Mexico, and other operations worldwide. The Marketing, Midstream, and Processing segment markets and trades of oil and gas commodities. The Other segment includes new energy solutions; global strategy and business development; technology; projects and drilling; and corporate staffs and services. The company was founded on September 18, 1972 and is headquartered in Stavanger, Norway.

About HollyFrontier

HollyFrontier Corporation operates as an independent petroleum refiner in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Refining, Lubricants and Specialty Products, and HEP. It primarily produces high-value light products, such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, and specialty lubricant products, as well as specialty and modified asphalt. The company offers its products to other refiners, convenience store chains, independent marketers, retailers, truck stop chains, wholesalers, railroads, governmental entities, paving contractors or manufacturers, and commercial and specialty markets, as well as for commercial airline use. It owns and operates 5 refineries with a combined crude oil processing capacity of approximately 457,000 barrels per day in El Dorado, Kansas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Artesia, New Mexico; Cheyenne, Wyoming; and Woods Cross, Utah. The company also owns and operates vacuum distillation and other facilities in Lovington, New Mexico, as well as asphalt terminals in Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. Its refineries serve markets in the Mid-Continent, Southwest, and Rocky Mountain regions of the United States. In addition, HollyFrontier Corporation produces base oils and other specialized lubricant products; and owns and operates logistic assets consisting of petroleum product and crude oil pipelines, terminals, tankage, loading rack facilities, and refinery processing units. The company was formerly known as Holly Corporation and changed its name to HollyFrontier Corporation as a result of its merger with Frontier Oil Corporation in July 2011. HollyFrontier Corporation was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

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