Crestwood Equity Partners (NYSE: CEQP) is one of 37 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Crestwood Equity Partners to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

63.9% of Crestwood Equity Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.4% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are held by institutional investors. 36.2% of Crestwood Equity Partners shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.7% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Crestwood Equity Partners and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crestwood Equity Partners 0 0 4 0 3.00
Crestwood Equity Partners Competitors 383 1865 2462 114 2.48

Crestwood Equity Partners currently has a consensus price target of $27.75, indicating a potential upside of 20.65%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 11.34%. Given Crestwood Equity Partners’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Crestwood Equity Partners is more favorable than its competitors.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Crestwood Equity Partners and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Crestwood Equity Partners $2.52 billion -$216.30 million -8.16
Crestwood Equity Partners Competitors $41.73 billion $711.05 million 240.10

Crestwood Equity Partners’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Crestwood Equity Partners. Crestwood Equity Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

Crestwood Equity Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.4%. Crestwood Equity Partners pays out -85.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.5% and pay out 342.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Crestwood Equity Partners is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares Crestwood Equity Partners and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crestwood Equity Partners -5.36% -3.34% -1.41%
Crestwood Equity Partners Competitors -1.45% 3.08% 1.59%

Risk and Volatility

Crestwood Equity Partners has a beta of 2.75, indicating that its stock price is 175% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Crestwood Equity Partners’ competitors have a beta of 1.29, indicating that their average stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Crestwood Equity Partners beats its competitors on 8 of the 14 factors compared.

Crestwood Equity Partners Company Profile

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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