BP p.l.c. (NYSE:BP) vs. Crestwood Equity Partners (CEQP) Head-To-Head Review

BP p.l.c. (NYSE: BP) and Crestwood Equity Partners (NYSE:CEQP) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

10.0% of BP p.l.c. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.0% of Crestwood Equity Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of BP p.l.c. shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 36.2% of Crestwood Equity Partners shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

BP p.l.c. pays an annual dividend of $2.38 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.8%. Crestwood Equity Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.6%. BP p.l.c. pays out 207.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Crestwood Equity Partners pays out -107.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Crestwood Equity Partners is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Risk and Volatility

BP p.l.c. has a beta of 0.94, indicating that its stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Crestwood Equity Partners has a beta of 2.65, indicating that its stock price is 165% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares BP p.l.c. and Crestwood Equity Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BP p.l.c. 1.74% 3.64% 1.34%
Crestwood Equity Partners -4.68% -1.13% -0.49%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for BP p.l.c. and Crestwood Equity Partners, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BP p.l.c. 3 5 13 0 2.48
Crestwood Equity Partners 0 0 4 0 3.00

BP p.l.c. presently has a consensus target price of $36.87, indicating a potential upside of 5.51%. Crestwood Equity Partners has a consensus target price of $28.00, indicating a potential upside of 11.55%. Given Crestwood Equity Partners’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Crestwood Equity Partners is more favorable than BP p.l.c..

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares BP p.l.c. and Crestwood Equity Partners’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BP p.l.c. $209.85 billion 0.55 $19.97 billion $1.15 30.38
Crestwood Equity Partners $3.06 billion 0.57 $311.60 million ($2.24) -11.21

BP p.l.c. has higher revenue and earnings than Crestwood Equity Partners. Crestwood Equity Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than BP p.l.c., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Crestwood Equity Partners beats BP p.l.c. on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About BP p.l.c.

BP p.l.c. is an integrated oil and gas company. The Company owns an interest in OJSC Oil Company Rosneft (Rosneft), an oil and gas company. The Company’s segments include Upstream, Downstream, Rosneft, and Other businesses and corporate. The Upstream segment is engaged in oil and natural gas exploration, field development and production, as well as midstream transportation, storage and processing. The Downstream segment has global manufacturing and marketing operations. The Rosneft segment has a resource base of hydrocarbons onshore and offshore. The Other businesses and corporate segment comprises the biofuels and wind businesses, shipping and treasury functions, and corporate activities around the world. The Company provides its customers with fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, lubricants to keep engines moving and the petrochemicals products used to make everyday items as diverse as paints, clothes and packaging.

About Crestwood Equity Partners

Crestwood Equity Partners LP is a holding company and a master limited partnership (MLP). The Company develops, acquires, owns or controls, and operates assets and operations within the energy midstream sector. The Company’s segments include gathering and processing (G&P), which includes its natural gas, crude oil and produced water G&P operations; storage and transportation, which includes its natural gas and crude oil storage and transportation operations, and marketing, supply and logistics, which includes its natural gas liquid (NGL) supply and logistics business, crude oil storage and rail loading facilities and fleet, and salt production business. The Company provides infrastructure solutions to service natural gas 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. Its operating assets are owned by or through its subsidiary, Crestwood Midstream Partners LP.

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