Western Gas Equity Partners, (WGP) versus The Competition Head to Head Analysis

Western Gas Equity Partners, (NYSE: WGP) is one of 44 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Western Gas Equity Partners, to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, risk, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Western Gas Equity Partners, pays an annual dividend of $2.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.8%. Western Gas Equity Partners, pays out 130.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.4% and pay out 297.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Western Gas Equity Partners, has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years. Western Gas Equity Partners, is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

17.8% of Western Gas Equity Partners, shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 43.0% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are held by institutional investors. 14.8% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are held 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.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Western Gas Equity Partners, and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Western Gas Equity Partners, $1.80 billion $345.77 million 22.54
Western Gas Equity Partners, Competitors $54.46 billion $891.69 million 295.04

Western Gas Equity Partners,’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Western Gas Equity Partners,. Western Gas Equity Partners, is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

Western Gas Equity Partners, has a beta of 1.55, indicating that its stock price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Western Gas Equity Partners,’s competitors have a beta of 1.36, indicating that their average stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Western Gas Equity Partners, and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Western Gas Equity Partners, 0 2 6 0 2.75
Western Gas Equity Partners, Competitors 417 2021 2671 128 2.48

Western Gas Equity Partners, currently has a consensus target price of $50.50, indicating a potential upside of 35.79%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 6.05%. Given Western Gas Equity Partners,’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Western Gas Equity Partners, is more favorable than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Western Gas Equity Partners, and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Western Gas Equity Partners, 16.96% 8.99% 4.69%
Western Gas Equity Partners, Competitors -1.25% 3.06% 1.52%

Summary

Western Gas Equity Partners, beats its competitors on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

Western Gas Equity Partners, Company Profile

Western Gas Equity Partners, LP is a limited partnership. The Company is formed to own approximately three types of partnership interests in Western Gas Partners, LP (WES). WES is an master limited partnership (MLP) engaged in the business of gathering, compressing, treating, processing and transporting natural gas, and gathering, stabilizing and transporting condensate, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and crude oil. WES provides these midstream services for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (Anadarko), as well as for third-party producers and customers. Its assets and investments are located in the Rocky Mountains (Colorado, Utah and Wyoming), North-central Pennsylvania and Texas. The Bison treating facility treats and compresses gas from coal-bed methane wells in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming. MIGC, LLC receives gas from various coal-bed methane gathering systems in the Powder River Basin and the Hilight system, as well as from WBI Energy Transmission, Inc.

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