Aegean Marine Petroleum Network (NYSE: ANW) and Targa Resources Partners (NYSE:NGLS) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Aegean Marine Petroleum Network and Targa Resources Partners, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network 0 0 3 0 3.00
Targa Resources Partners 0 2 3 0 2.60

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network presently has a consensus target price of $7.67, indicating a potential upside of 48.87%. Targa Resources Partners has a consensus target price of $51.20, indicating a potential upside of 380.75%. Given Targa Resources Partners’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Targa Resources Partners is more favorable than Aegean Marine Petroleum Network.

Profitability

This table compares Aegean Marine Petroleum Network and Targa Resources Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network 0.56% 8.03% 2.98%
Targa Resources Partners 3.27% 0.29% 1.61%

Dividends

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Targa Resources Partners does not pay a dividend. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network pays out 11.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Targa Resources Partners has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Aegean Marine Petroleum Network and Targa Resources Partners’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network $5.30 billion 0.04 $106.56 million $0.70 7.36
Targa Resources Partners N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has higher revenue and earnings than Targa Resources Partners.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

76.5% of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network shares are held 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.

Summary

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network beats Targa Resources Partners on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Company Profile

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. is an international marine fuel logistics company. The Company markets and physically supplies refined marine fuel and lubricants to vessels in port, at sea and on rivers. As a physical supplier, the Company procures marine fuel from refineries, oil producers and other sources, and resells and delivers these fuels from its bunkering vessels to a range of end users. The Company owns and operates a fleet of approximately 50 bunkering vessels. The Company operates over 10 land-based storage facilities. The Company operates a vessel as a floating storage facility with a cargo carrying capacity of approximately 19,900 deadweight tonnage (dwt). The Company provides fueling services to various types of ocean-going and various types of coastal vessels, such as oil tankers, container ships, drybulk carriers, cruise ships, reefers, liquefied natural gas (LNG)/liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers, car carriers and ferries.

Targa Resources Partners Company Profile

Targa Resources Partners LP is a provider of midstream natural gas and natural gas liquid (NGL) services in the United States with a presence in crude oil gathering and petroleum terminaling. The Company is engaged in the business of gathering, compressing, treating, processing and selling natural gas; storing, fractionating, treating, transporting and selling NGLs and NGL products, including services to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) exporters; gathering, storing and terminaling crude oil, and storing, terminaling and selling refined petroleum products. The Company operates in two divisions: Gathering and Processing, and Logistics and Marketing. The Gathering and Processing division consists of two segments: Field Gathering and Processing, and Coastal Gathering and Processing. The Logistics and Marketing division consists of two segments: Logistics Assets and Marketing and Distribution.

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