Sunoco Logistics Partners (NYSE: ETP) and Summit Midstream Partners, (NYSE:SMLP) are both energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, profitability, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Sunoco Logistics Partners and Summit Midstream Partners,’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||NetIncome||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Sunoco Logistics Partners||$9.15 billion||2.09||$705.00 million||$0.60||27.54|
|Summit Midstream Partners,||$402.36 million||3.58||-$40.91 million||$1.46||13.22|
Sunoco Logistics Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.26 per share and has a dividend yield of 13.7%. Summit Midstream Partners, pays an annual dividend of $2.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.9%. Sunoco Logistics Partners pays out 376.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Summit Midstream Partners, pays out 157.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Sunoco Logistics Partners has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years and Summit Midstream Partners, has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years. Sunoco Logistics Partners is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
56.6% of Sunoco Logistics Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.8% of Summit Midstream Partners, shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.7% of Sunoco Logistics Partners shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Sunoco Logistics Partners and Summit Midstream Partners,’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Sunoco Logistics Partners||4.97%||5.88%||2.44%|
|Summit Midstream Partners,||24.14%||11.61%||4.31%|
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Sunoco Logistics Partners and Summit Midstream Partners,, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Sunoco Logistics Partners||0||4||12||0||2.75|
|Summit Midstream Partners,||1||2||3||0||2.33|
Sunoco Logistics Partners currently has a consensus price target of $25.77, suggesting a potential upside of 55.94%. Summit Midstream Partners, has a consensus price target of $26.20, suggesting a potential upside of 35.75%. Given Sunoco Logistics Partners’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Sunoco Logistics Partners is more favorable than Summit Midstream Partners,.
Volatility & Risk
Sunoco Logistics Partners has a beta of 1.01, suggesting that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Summit Midstream Partners, has a beta of 1.69, suggesting that its stock price is 69% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Sunoco Logistics Partners beats Summit Midstream Partners, on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.
Sunoco Logistics Partners Company Profile
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., formerly Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P., owns and operates a logistics business. The Company is engaged in the transport, terminaling and storage of crude oil, refined products and natural gas liquids (NGLs). The Company’s segments include Crude Oil, Natural Gas Liquids and Refined Products. In addition to logistics services, it also owns acquisition and marketing assets. The Crude Oil segment provides transportation, terminaling and acquisition and marketing services to crude oil markets throughout the southwest, midwest and northeastern United States. The Natural Gas Liquids segment transports, stores, and executes acquisition and marketing activities utilizing a network of pipelines, storage and blending facilities, and strategic off-take locations that provide access to multiple NGL markets. The Refined Products segment provides transportation and terminaling services, using refined products pipelines and refined products marketing terminals.
Summit Midstream Partners, Company Profile
Summit Midstream Partners, LP focuses on developing, owning and operating midstream energy infrastructure assets. The Company’s segments include the Utica Shale, which includes its ownership interest in Ohio Gathering, as well as Summit Utica; the Williston Basin, which includes Bison Midstream, Polar and Divide and Tioga Midstream; the Marcellus Shale, which includes Mountaineer Midstream; the Barnett Shale, which includes DFW Midstream Services LLC (DFW Midstream), and the Piceance Basin /DJ Basins, which includes Grand River and Niobrara G&P. The Company’s assets are located in the producing areas of unconventional resource basins, primarily shale formations, in the continental United States. It provides natural gas gathering, treating and processing services, as well as crude oil and produced water gathering services pursuant to long-term and fee-based agreements with its customers.
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