Crestwood Midstream Partners (NYSE: CMLP) and Blueknight Energy Partners (NASDAQ:BKEP) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Crestwood Midstream Partners and Blueknight Energy Partners’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Crestwood Midstream Partners||N/A||N/A||N/A||($0.76)||-8.13|
|Blueknight Energy Partners||$177.39 million||1.13||-$4.84 million||($0.18)||-29.00|
Crestwood Midstream Partners has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Blueknight Energy Partners. Blueknight Energy Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Crestwood Midstream Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
56.5% of Blueknight Energy Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.7% of Blueknight Energy Partners shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Crestwood Midstream Partners and Blueknight Energy Partners, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Crestwood Midstream Partners||0||0||0||0||N/A|
|Blueknight Energy Partners||0||1||1||0||2.50|
Blueknight Energy Partners has a consensus target price of $7.00, indicating a potential upside of 34.10%. Given Blueknight Energy Partners’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Blueknight Energy Partners is more favorable than Crestwood Midstream Partners.
This table compares Crestwood Midstream Partners and Blueknight Energy Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Crestwood Midstream Partners||-3.12%||-6.04%||-2.56%|
|Blueknight Energy Partners||11.78%||-10.32%||6.85%|
Blueknight Energy Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.58 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.1%. Crestwood Midstream Partners does not pay a dividend. Blueknight Energy Partners pays out -322.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Blueknight Energy Partners beats Crestwood Midstream Partners on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
Crestwood Midstream Partners Company Profile
Crestwood Midstream Partners LP (Crestwood) develops, acquires, owns and operates primarily fee-based assets and operations within the energy midstream sector. The Company has three reporting segments: gathering and processing (G&P), providing natural gas gathering, processing, treating and compression services to producers in multiple unconventional shale plays; storage and transportation, which owns and operates natural gas storage facilities, and NGL and crude services, including crude oil rail terminals, the Arrow gathering system, its fleet of over-the-road crude oil and produced water transportation assets, an NGL storage facility, and US Salt, LLC. It provides infrastructure solutions across the value chain to service liquids-rich and crude oil shale plays across the United States. It owns and operates a portfolio of crude oil and natural gas gathering, processing, storage and transportation assets that connect fundamental energy supply with energy demand across North America.
Blueknight Energy Partners Company Profile
Blueknight Energy Partners, L.P. is a master limited partnership company. The Company manages its operations through four segments: asphalt terminaling services, crude oil terminaling and storage services, crude oil pipeline services, and crude oil trucking and producer field services. Asphalt terminaling services segment operations generally consist of fee based activities associated with providing storage, terminaling and throughput services for asphalt product and residual fuel oil. Crude oil terminaling and storage segment operations generally consist of fee based activities associated with providing storage, terminaling, and throughput services for crude oil. Crude oil pipeline services segment operations generally consist of fee-based activity associated with transporting crude oil products on pipelines. Crude oil trucking and producer field services segment operations generally consist of fee-based activity associated with transporting crude oil products on trucks.
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