Contrasting Summit Midstream Partners, (SMLP) & Its Competitors

Summit Midstream Partners, (NYSE: SMLP) is one of 50 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Summit Midstream Partners, to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Dividends

Summit Midstream Partners, pays an annual dividend of $2.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.0%. 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. As a group, “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 6.9% and pay out 152.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Summit Midstream Partners, has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Risk and Volatility

Summit Midstream Partners, has a beta of 1.69, suggesting that its share price is 69% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Summit Midstream Partners,’s peers have a beta of 1.36, suggesting that their average share price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Summit Midstream Partners, and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Summit Midstream Partners, 24.14% 11.61% 4.31%
Summit Midstream Partners, Competitors 18.64% 88.18% 5.95%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Summit Midstream Partners, and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Summit Midstream Partners, 1 2 3 0 2.33
Summit Midstream Partners, Competitors 306 1834 2416 86 2.49

Summit Midstream Partners, presently has a consensus price target of $26.20, suggesting a potential upside of 36.46%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies have a potential upside of 26.49%. Given Summit Midstream Partners,’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Summit Midstream Partners, is more favorable than its peers.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

49.8% of Summit Midstream Partners, shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.6% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 9.3% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Summit Midstream Partners, and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Summit Midstream Partners, $402.36 million -$40.91 million 13.15
Summit Midstream Partners, Competitors $4.88 billion $288.25 million -21.44

Summit Midstream Partners,’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Summit Midstream Partners,. Summit Midstream Partners, is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Summit Midstream Partners, peers beat Summit Midstream Partners, on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Summit Midstream Partners,

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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