Williams Companies, Inc. (The) (NYSE: WMB) and Enbridge Energy Management (NYSE:EEQ) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and risk.

Volatility and Risk

Williams Companies, Inc. (The) has a beta of 1.38, indicating that its share price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Enbridge Energy Management has a beta of 1.22, indicating that its share price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Williams Companies, Inc. (The) pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Enbridge Energy Management pays an annual dividend of $1.13 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.3%. Williams Companies, Inc. (The) pays out -3,998.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Williams Companies, Inc. (The) and Enbridge Energy Management’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Williams Companies, Inc. (The) $7.83 billion 3.21 $3.58 billion ($0.03) -1,013.33
Enbridge Energy Management N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Williams Companies, Inc. (The) has higher revenue and earnings than Enbridge Energy Management.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Williams Companies, Inc. (The) and Enbridge Energy Management, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Williams Companies, Inc. (The) 0 4 12 1 2.82
Enbridge Energy Management 0 3 6 0 2.67

Williams Companies, Inc. (The) presently has a consensus price target of $33.15, suggesting a potential upside of 9.02%. Enbridge Energy Management has a consensus price target of $25.00, suggesting a potential upside of 60.67%. Given Enbridge Energy Management’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Enbridge Energy Management is more favorable than Williams Companies, Inc. (The).

Institutional & Insider Ownership

85.7% of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.4% of Enbridge Energy Management shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Williams Companies, Inc. (The) shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.3% of Enbridge Energy Management shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Williams Companies, Inc. (The) and Enbridge Energy Management’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Williams Companies, Inc. (The) 0.18% 3.74% 1.14%
Enbridge Energy Management N/A -700.00% -700.00%

Summary

Williams Companies, Inc. (The) beats Enbridge Energy Management on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Williams Companies, Inc. (The)

The Williams Companies, Inc. is an energy infrastructure company. The Company is focused on connecting North America’s hydrocarbon resource plays to markets for natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGL), and olefins. As of December 31, 2016, its interstate gas pipelines, midstream and olefins production interests were held through its investment in Williams Partners L.P. (WPZ). The Company’s segments include Williams Partners, Williams NGL & Petchem Services and Other. The Williams Partners segment includes its consolidated master limited partnership, WPZ. The gas pipeline business includes interstate natural gas pipelines and pipeline joint project investments. The midstream business provides natural gas gathering, treating, processing and compression services. The Williams NGL & Petchem Services segment includes its Texas Belle pipeline and certain other domestic olefins pipeline assets. Other segment includes its corporate operations and Canadian construction services company.

About Enbridge Energy Management

Enbridge Energy Management, L.L.C. is a limited partner of Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. (the Partnership). The Company owns i-units, a special class of the Partnership’s limited partner interests. The Company manages the business of the Partnership. The Partnership owns and operates crude oil and liquid petroleum transportation and storage assets, and natural gas gathering, treating, processing, transportation and marketing assets in the United States.

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