Financial Analysis: HollyFrontier Corporation (HFC) versus The Competition

HollyFrontier Corporation (NYSE: HFC) is one of 15 public companies in the “Petroleum Refining” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare HollyFrontier Corporation to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, risk, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Risk and Volatility

HollyFrontier Corporation has a beta of 1.21, suggesting that its stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, HollyFrontier Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 1.07, suggesting that their average stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
HollyFrontier Corporation 2.55% 5.18% 2.84%
HollyFrontier Corporation Competitors 9.27% 703.20% 497.49%

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
HollyFrontier Corporation $10.54 billion -$260.45 million 22.13
HollyFrontier Corporation Competitors $20.13 billion $78.13 million 15.26

HollyFrontier Corporation’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than HollyFrontier Corporation. HollyFrontier Corporation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

81.5% of HollyFrontier Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.9% of shares of all “Petroleum Refining” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of HollyFrontier Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 14.1% of shares of all “Petroleum Refining” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


HollyFrontier Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. HollyFrontier Corporation pays out 69.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Petroleum Refining” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.8% and pay out 74.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. HollyFrontier Corporation has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for HollyFrontier Corporation and its rivals, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
HollyFrontier Corporation 2 8 5 1 2.31
HollyFrontier Corporation Competitors 148 664 831 47 2.46

HollyFrontier Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $37.25, suggesting a potential downside of 11.41%. As a group, “Petroleum Refining” companies have a potential upside of 1.67%. Given HollyFrontier Corporation’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe HollyFrontier Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.


HollyFrontier Corporation rivals beat HollyFrontier Corporation on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

HollyFrontier Corporation 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.

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