QEP Midstream Partners (NYSE: QEPM) and Western Refining Logistics (NYSE:WNRL) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and dividends.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
40.1% of Western Refining Logistics shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares QEP Midstream Partners and Western Refining Logistics’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|QEP Midstream Partners||N/A||N/A||N/A||$1.11||14.50|
|Western Refining Logistics||N/A||N/A||N/A||$1.07||22.29|
QEP Midstream Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Western Refining Logistics, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares QEP Midstream Partners and Western Refining Logistics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|QEP Midstream Partners||62.86%||23.46%||13.76%|
|Western Refining Logistics||3.05%||78.84%||12.72%|
This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for QEP Midstream Partners and Western Refining Logistics, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|QEP Midstream Partners||0||0||0||0||N/A|
|Western Refining Logistics||0||1||0||0||2.00|
Western Refining Logistics pays an annual dividend of $1.87 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.8%. QEP Midstream Partners does not pay a dividend. Western Refining Logistics pays out 174.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. QEP Midstream Partners has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years and Western Refining Logistics has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.
QEP Midstream Partners beats Western Refining Logistics on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.
About QEP Midstream Partners
QEP Midstream Partners, LP (QEP Midstream) is a master limited partnership formed to own, operate, acquire and develop midstream energy assets. The Company’s primary assets consist of ownership interests in four gathering systems and two Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)-regulated pipelines through which, the Company provides natural gas midstream services, and crude oil gathering and transportation services to producers and users of natural gas and crude oil. The natural gas midstream services include gathering, compression, treating and dehydration, processing, fractionation, natural gas transmission and natural gas liquids (NGL) products transportation. The Company provides crude oil gathering and transportation services in Colorado, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.
About Western Refining Logistics
Western Refining Logistics, LP owns, operates, develops, and acquires logistics and related assets and businesses to include terminals, storage tanks, pipelines and other logistics assets related to the terminaling, transportation, storage and distribution of crude oil and refined products. The Company’s segments include logistics and wholesale. The Company operates its logistics business and wholesale business under commercial and service agreements with Western Refining, Inc. (Western). Its logistics assets consist of pipeline and gathering infrastructure and terminalling, transportation and storage assets in the Southwest and the Upper Great Plains region. Its wholesale business purchases its petroleum fuels from Western, and its lubricants and additional petroleum fuels from third-party suppliers.
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