Penntex Midstream Partners (NASDAQ: PTXP) and Frontline (NYSE:FRO) are both energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Penntex Midstream Partners and Frontline’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Penntex Midstream Partners N/A N/A N/A $0.26 76.92
Frontline $754.31 million 1.19 $117.01 million $0.16 33.00

Frontline has higher revenue and earnings than Penntex Midstream Partners. Frontline is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Penntex Midstream Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

55.0% of Penntex Midstream Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 13.2% of Frontline shares are held by institutional investors. 48.1% of Frontline shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Penntex Midstream Partners and Frontline’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Penntex Midstream Partners 34.54% 11.00% 5.81%
Frontline 0.29% 1.70% 0.79%

Dividends

Penntex Midstream Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.18 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.9%. Frontline pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.6%. Penntex Midstream Partners pays out 453.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Frontline pays out 250.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Frontline is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Penntex Midstream Partners and Frontline, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Penntex Midstream Partners 0 5 0 0 2.00
Frontline 1 1 1 0 2.00

Penntex Midstream Partners currently has a consensus price target of $19.40, suggesting a potential downside of 3.00%. Frontline has a consensus price target of $6.00, suggesting a potential upside of 13.64%. Given Frontline’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Frontline is more favorable than Penntex Midstream Partners.

Summary

Frontline beats Penntex Midstream Partners on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Penntex Midstream Partners Company Profile

PennTex Midstream Partners, LP, focuses on owning, operating, acquiring and developing midstream energy infrastructure assets in North America. The Company owns and operates midstream gathering, processing and transportation assets in northern Louisiana. The Company provides natural gas gathering and processing and residue gas and natural gas liquid (NGL) transportation services to producers focused on the Cotton Valley formation in northern Louisiana. The Company’s assets primarily consisted of natural gas gathering pipeline, two 200 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) design-capacity cryogenic natural gas processing plants, and residue gas and NGL transportation pipelines, as of December 31, 2016. In addition to providing midstream services to its primary customer with its existing assets, the Company pursues other opportunities for organic development and growth as producers in its region continue to develop their acreage.

Frontline Company Profile

Frontline Ltd. is a shipping company. The Company is engaged in the seaborne transportation of crude oil and oil products. Its tankers segment includes crude oil tankers and product tankers. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s fleet consisted of 28 vessels owned by the Company (seven very large crude carriers (VLCCs), 10 Suezmax tankers and 11 Aframax/LR2 tankers); 13 vessels that are under capital leases (11 VLCCs and two Suezmax tankers); one VLCC that is recorded as an investment in finance lease; four vessels chartered-in for periods of 12 months, including extension options (two VLCCs and two Suezmax tankers); two VLCCs where cost/revenue is split equally with a third party (of which one is chartered-in by it and one by a third party); three medium range product tankers that are chartered-in on short term time charters with a remaining duration of less than two months, and five vessels that are under commercial management (two Suezmax tankers and three Aframax oil tankers).

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