Archrock Partners (NASDAQ:APLP) and National Grid (NYSE:NGG) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Archrock Partners and National Grid’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Archrock Partners N/A N/A N/A
National Grid N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Archrock Partners and National Grid, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Archrock Partners 0 0 0 0 N/A
National Grid 0 1 2 0 2.67

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Archrock Partners and National Grid’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Archrock Partners N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
National Grid $20.22 billion 1.96 $4.71 billion $3.93 14.81

National Grid has higher revenue and earnings than Archrock Partners.

Dividends

Archrock Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.5%. National Grid pays an annual dividend of $2.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. National Grid pays out 53.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

44.4% of Archrock Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 5.5% of National Grid shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of Archrock Partners shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Archrock Partners beats National Grid on 4 of the 6 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Archrock Partners

Archrock Partners, L.P., together with its subsidiaries, provides natural gas contract operations services to customers in the United States. The company's contract operations services primarily include designing, sourcing, owning, installing, operating, servicing, repairing, and maintaining equipment to provide natural gas compression services to its customers. It serves companies engaged in various aspects of the oil and natural gas industry, including oil and natural gas producers, processors, gatherers, transporters, and storage providers. The company markets its services through sales and field service personnel. Archrock General Partner, L.P. operates as the general partner of the company. The company was formerly known as Exterran Partners, L.P. and changed its name to Archrock Partners, L.P. in November 2015. Archrock Partners, L.P. was founded in 2006 and is based in Houston, Texas.

About National Grid

National Grid plc transmits and distributes electricity and natural gas. It operates through UK Electricity Transmission, UK Gas Transmission, US Regulated, and National Grid Ventures and Other Activities segments. The UK Electricity Transmission segment owns and operates electricity transmission networks, which comprise approximately 7,200 kilometers of overhead lines; 1,560 kilometers of underground cables; and 346 substations in England and Wales, as well as Scottish electricity transmission systems. The UK Gas Transmission segment owns and operates gas transmission systems that include approximately 7,660 kilometers of high-pressure pipes and 24 compressor stations connecting 8 distribution networks in Great Britain, as well as other third-party independent systems and liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage facilities. The US Regulated segments owns and operates transmission facilities across upstate New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont; and electricity distribution networks in upstate New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. This segment's assets comprise 14,293 kilometers of overhead lines; 168 kilometers of underground cables; 387 transmission substations; and 740 distribution substations. It also engages in owning and operating gas distribution networks in upstate New York, New York City, Long Island, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. The National Grid Ventures and Other Activities segment engages in the commercial operations in metering, LNG importation terminal, and electricity interconnectors businesses, as well as property development and insurance activities in the United Kingdom and United States. The company was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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