VTTI Energy Partners (NYSE: VTTI) and Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. (NASDAQ:BKEP) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

74.5% of VTTI Energy Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.5% of Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.7% of Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. 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.

Profitability

This table compares VTTI Energy Partners and Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
VTTI Energy Partners 11.04% 14.27% 5.82%
Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. 12.71% -12.45% 7.23%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares VTTI Energy Partners and Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
VTTI Energy Partners $317.00 million 2.87 $205.45 million N/A N/A
Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. $183.18 million 1.24 $65.50 million ($0.13) -45.58

VTTI Energy Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C..

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for VTTI Energy Partners and Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
VTTI Energy Partners 0 3 0 0 2.00
Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. 0 0 1 0 3.00

VTTI Energy Partners currently has a consensus target price of $19.50, indicating a potential upside of 0.00%. Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. has a consensus target price of $7.20, indicating a potential upside of 21.52%. Given Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C.’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. is more favorable than VTTI Energy Partners.

Risk and Volatility

VTTI Energy Partners has a beta of 1.18, meaning that its stock price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. has a beta of 0.81, meaning that its stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

VTTI Energy Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.34 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.9%. Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. pays an annual dividend of $0.58 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.8%. Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. pays out -446.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years. Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Summary

Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. beats VTTI Energy Partners on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About VTTI Energy Partners

VTTI Energy Partners LP provides terminaling services for third party companies engaged in the production, processing, distribution and marketing of refined petroleum products and crude oil. The Company operates through the segment of energy storage terminaling business. Its assets consist of approximately 42.6% interest in VTTI MLP B.V., which owns a portfolio of over six terminals with over 400 tanks and approximately 35.7 million barrels of refined petroleum product and crude oil storage capacity located in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America. Its terminals are located in international supply and demand centers for refined petroleum products and crude oil and provide midstream infrastructure services to its customers at these international market hubs. It provides storage and terminaling services for energy industry participants, including marketing companies, integrated oil companies, national oil companies, distributors, and chemical and petrochemical companies.

About Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C.

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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