PBF Energy (NYSE: PBF) and Northern Tier Energy (NYSE:NTI) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitabiliy, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.


This table compares PBF Energy and Northern Tier Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PBF Energy 0.95% -4.20% -1.35%
Northern Tier Energy N/A N/A N/A


PBF Energy pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.5%. Northern Tier Energy does not pay a dividend. PBF Energy pays out 69.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Northern Tier Energy has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares PBF Energy and Northern Tier Energy’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PBF Energy $17.87 billion 0.13 $216.50 million $1.74 12.54
Northern Tier Energy N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

PBF Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Northern Tier Energy.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for PBF Energy and Northern Tier Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PBF Energy 0 9 6 0 2.40
Northern Tier Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A

PBF Energy presently has a consensus price target of $23.95, indicating a potential upside of 9.76%. Given PBF Energy’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe PBF Energy is more favorable than Northern Tier Energy.


PBF Energy beats Northern Tier Energy on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About PBF Energy

PBF Energy Inc. (PBF Energy) is a holding company. The Company is an independent petroleum refiner and supplier of unbranded transportation fuels, heating oil, petrochemical feedstocks, lubricants and other petroleum products in the United States. The Company operates through two segments: Refining and Logistics. It sells its products throughout the Northeast, Midwest, Gulf Coast and West Coast of the United States, as well as in other regions of the United States and Canada, and ships products to other international destinations. As of December 31, 2016, it owned and operated five domestic oil refineries and related assets. As of December 31, 2016, its refineries had a combined processing capacity, known as throughput, of approximately 900,000 barrels per day (bpd) and a weighted-average Nelson Complexity Index of approximately 12.2. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated five refineries providing geographic and market diversity.

About Northern Tier Energy

Northern Tier Energy LP is a downstream energy limited partnership. The Company has refining, retail and logistics operations that serve the Petroleum Administration for Defense District II (PADD II) region of the United States. It operates through two segments: the refining business and the retail business. Its refining segment consists of over 97,800 barrels per stream day refinery located in St. Paul Park, Minnesota. Its refineries process light, heavy, sweet and sour crudes into refined products. It also owns storage and transportation assets. The retail segment operates over 170 convenience stores and supports over 110 franchised convenience stores, which are operated under the SuperAmerica brand. These convenience stores are located throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota and sell various grades of gasoline and diesel, tobacco products and immediately consumable items, such as beverages, prepared food and a range of snacks and prepackaged items.

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