NGL ENERGY PARTNERS (NYSE: NGL) and PBF Energy (NYSE:PBF) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitabiliy, valuation, risk and earnings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

76.9% of NGL ENERGY PARTNERS shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.6% of PBF Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares NGL ENERGY PARTNERS and PBF Energy’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NGL ENERGY PARTNERS $13.02 billion 0.12 $282.66 million $0.74 17.03
PBF Energy $17.87 billion 0.13 $216.50 million $1.74 12.61

NGL ENERGY PARTNERS has higher revenue, but lower earnings than PBF Energy. PBF Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than NGL ENERGY PARTNERS, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


NGL ENERGY PARTNERS pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.4%. PBF Energy pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.5%. NGL ENERGY PARTNERS pays out 210.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. PBF Energy pays out 69.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for NGL ENERGY PARTNERS and PBF Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PBF Energy 1 7 5 0 2.31

NGL ENERGY PARTNERS presently has a consensus price target of $20.40, indicating a potential upside of 61.90%. PBF Energy has a consensus price target of $23.39, indicating a potential upside of 6.56%. Given NGL ENERGY PARTNERS’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe NGL ENERGY PARTNERS is more favorable than PBF Energy.


This table compares NGL ENERGY PARTNERS and PBF Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NGL ENERGY PARTNERS 1.05% 6.78% 2.21%
PBF Energy 0.95% -4.20% -1.35%

Volatility & Risk

NGL ENERGY PARTNERS has a beta of 0.53, suggesting that its share price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PBF Energy has a beta of 1.39, suggesting that its share price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500.


NGL ENERGY PARTNERS beats PBF Energy on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.


NGL Energy Partners LP owns and operates a vertically integrated energy business. The Company’s segments are crude oil logistics, water solutions, liquids, retail propane, refined products and renewables, and corporate and other. Its crude oil logistics segment includes owned and leased crude oil storage terminals, and owned and leased pipeline injection stations. Its water solutions segment provides services for the treatment and disposal of wastewater generated from crude oil and natural gas production, and for the disposal of solids, such as tank bottoms and drilling fluids. Its liquids segment supplies natural gas liquids to retailers, wholesalers, refiners and petrochemical plants throughout the United States and in Canada. Its retail propane segment consists of the retail marketing, and sale and distribution of propane and distillates, among others. The Company’s refined products and renewables segment is engaged in gasoline, diesel, ethanol and biodiesel marketing operations.

About PBF Energy

PBF Energy Inc. (PBF Energy) is a holding company. The Company is an independent petroleum refiner and supplier of unbranded transportation fuels, heating oil, petrochemical feedstocks, lubricants and other petroleum products in the United States. The Company operates through two segments: Refining and Logistics. It sells its products throughout the Northeast, Midwest, Gulf Coast and West Coast of the United States, as well as in other regions of the United States and Canada, and ships products to other international destinations. As of December 31, 2016, it owned and operated five domestic oil refineries and related assets. As of December 31, 2016, its refineries had a combined processing capacity, known as throughput, of approximately 900,000 barrels per day (bpd) and a weighted-average Nelson Complexity Index of approximately 12.2. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated five refineries providing geographic and market diversity.

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