Cobalt International Energy (NYSE: CIE) and EnLink Midstream Partners, (NYSE:ENLK) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, earnings and risk.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cobalt International Energy and EnLink Midstream Partners,’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cobalt International Energy $25.04 million 4.28 -$1.78 billion ($6.19) -0.04
EnLink Midstream Partners, $4.69 billion 1.24 $727.90 million ($0.31) -54.06

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

Profitability

This table compares Cobalt International Energy and EnLink Midstream Partners,’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cobalt International Energy -10,396.82% -1,077.95% -18.01%
EnLink Midstream Partners, 0.18% 0.40% 0.17%

Volatility and Risk

Cobalt International Energy has a beta of 1.77, indicating that its stock price is 77% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EnLink Midstream Partners, has a beta of 2.01, indicating that its stock price is 101% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

97.9% of Cobalt International Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 42.6% of EnLink Midstream Partners, shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.8% of Cobalt International Energy shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.2% of EnLink Midstream Partners, shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

EnLink Midstream Partners, pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.3%. Cobalt International Energy does not pay a dividend. EnLink Midstream Partners, pays out -503.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. EnLink Midstream Partners, has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Cobalt International Energy and EnLink Midstream Partners,, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cobalt International Energy 1 3 2 0 2.17
EnLink Midstream Partners, 0 7 5 0 2.42

Cobalt International Energy presently has a consensus price target of $1.41, indicating a potential upside of 482.40%. EnLink Midstream Partners, has a consensus price target of $19.18, indicating a potential upside of 14.45%. Given Cobalt International Energy’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Cobalt International Energy is more favorable than EnLink Midstream Partners,.

Summary

EnLink Midstream Partners, beats Cobalt International Energy on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cobalt International Energy Company Profile

Cobalt International Energy, Inc. is an independent exploration and production company. The Company has its operations focused in the deepwater United States Gulf of Mexico. The Company also has a non-operated interest in the Diaba Block offshore Gabon in West Africa. The Company’s exploration efforts in the United States Gulf of Mexico has resulted in four oil and natural gas discoveries including the North Platte, Shenandoah, Anchor and Heidelberg fields. The Heidelberg field commenced its production and the North Platte, Shenandoah and Anchor field are in various stages of appraisal and development. The Company has drilled nine exploratory wells, three appraisal wells and four development wells (one of, which was drilled to be used as a pressure-maintenance well in the Cameia development) in the northern pre-salt Kwanza Basin offshore Angola, and one exploratory well in the pre-salt deepwater region offshore Gabon.

EnLink Midstream Partners, Company Profile

EnLink Midstream Partners, LP is a midstream company. The Company’s business activities are conducted through its subsidiary, EnLink Midstream Operating, LP (the Operating Partnership) and the subsidiaries of the Operating Partnership. The Company operates through five segments: Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Crude and Condensate, and Corporate. The Company focuses on providing midstream energy services, including gathering, processing, transmission, fractionation, storage, condensate stabilization, brine services and marketing to producers of natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil and condensate. As of December 31, 2016, its midstream energy asset network included approximately 11,000 miles of pipelines, 20 natural gas processing plants, seven fractionators, barge and rail terminals, product storage facilities, purchasing and marketing capabilities, brine disposal wells, a crude oil trucking fleet, and equity investments in certain private midstream companies.

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