Murphy USA (MUSA) and Its Competitors Critical Analysis

Murphy USA (NYSE: MUSA) is one of 20 publicly-traded companies in the “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Murphy USA to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.


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This table compares Murphy USA and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Murphy USA 1.91% 22.69% 7.08%
Murphy USA Competitors 3.22% 33.52% 3.60%

Risk & Volatility

Murphy USA has a beta of 0.89, indicating that its stock price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Murphy USA’s peers have a beta of 9.98, indicating that their average stock price is 898% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Murphy USA and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Murphy USA $12.83 billion $245.26 million 14.91
Murphy USA Competitors $8.01 billion $220.42 million 12.11

Murphy USA has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Murphy USA is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.2% of Murphy USA shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.1% of shares of all “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” companies are owned by institutional investors. 8.1% of Murphy USA shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 16.5% of shares of all “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Murphy USA and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Murphy USA 1 5 0 0 1.83
Murphy USA Competitors 115 620 667 29 2.43

Murphy USA presently has a consensus target price of $76.67, indicating a potential upside of 19.05%. As a group, “Automotive dealers & gasoline service stations” companies have a potential upside of 15.43%. Given Murphy USA’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Murphy USA is more favorable than its peers.


Murphy USA peers beat Murphy USA on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Murphy USA Company Profile

Murphy USA Inc. operates a chain of retail stores in the United States. The company's retail stores offer motor fuel products and convenience merchandise. It operates retail stores under the Murphy USA and Murphy Express brand names. As of January 31, 2018, the company operated approximately 1,446 retail stores located primarily in the Southwest, Southeast, and Midwest United States. Murphy USA Inc. was incorporated in 2013 and is headquartered in El Dorado, Arkansas.

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