Contrasting Hess (HES) & Clean Energy Fuels (CLNE)

Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE) and Hess (NYSE:HES) are both energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, dividends and earnings.


This table compares Clean Energy Fuels and Hess’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Clean Energy Fuels -15.47% -10.52% -6.31%
Hess -74.55% -9.82% -5.31%

Volatility and Risk

Clean Energy Fuels has a beta of 1.6, meaning that its share price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hess has a beta of 1.6, meaning that its share price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

33.9% of Clean Energy Fuels shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.4% of Hess shares are owned by institutional investors. 14.9% of Clean Energy Fuels shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.8% of Hess shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Clean Energy Fuels and Hess, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Clean Energy Fuels 0 0 0 0 N/A
Hess 2 9 6 0 2.24

Hess has a consensus target price of $52.24, suggesting a potential upside of 7.56%. Given Hess’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Hess is more favorable than Clean Energy Fuels.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Clean Energy Fuels and Hess’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Clean Energy Fuels $402.66 million 0.54 -$12.15 million ($0.37) -3.89
Hess $5.41 billion 2.83 -$4.07 billion ($8.42) -5.77

Clean Energy Fuels has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Hess. Hess is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Clean Energy Fuels, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Hess pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Clean Energy Fuels does not pay a dividend. Hess pays out -11.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


Hess beats Clean Energy Fuels on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Clean Energy Fuels Company Profile

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (Clean Energy) is a provider of natural gas as an alternative fuel for vehicle fleets in the United States and Canada. The Company is engaged in supplying compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and renewable natural gas (RNG) for light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles, and providing operation and maintenance (O&M) services for natural gas fueling stations. The Company designs, builds, operates and maintains fueling stations; manufactures, sells and services non-lubricated natural gas fueling compressors and other equipment used in CNG stations and LNG stations; offers assessment, design and modification solutions to provide operators with code-compliant service and maintenance facilities for natural gas vehicle fleets, and transports and sells CNG and LNG to industrial and institutional energy users having no direct access to natural gas pipelines, among others.

Hess Company Profile

Hess Corporation is an exploration and production company. The Company is engaged in exploration, development, production, transportation, purchase and sale of crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGL) and natural gas. The Company’s segments include Exploration and Production, and Bakken Midstream. Its Exploration and Production segment explores for, develops, produces, purchases and sells crude oil, NGLs and natural gas with production operations primarily in the United States, Denmark, the Malaysia/Thailand Joint Development Area (JDA), Malaysia and Norway. The Bakken Midstream segment provides fee-based services, including crude oil and natural gas gathering, processing of natural gas and the fractionation of NGLs, transportation of crude oil by rail car, terminaling and loading crude oil and NGLs, and the storage and terminaling of propane, primarily in the Bakken shale play of North Dakota.

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