Aegean Marine Petroleum Network (NYSE: ANW) and Arc Logistic Partners (NYSE:ARCX) are both small-cap transportation companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, profitabiliy, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Aegean Marine Petroleum Network and Arc Logistic Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network 0.86% 9.20% 3.41%
Arc Logistic Partners 14.48% 4.38% 2.48%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Aegean Marine Petroleum Network and Arc Logistic Partners’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network $4.85 billion 0.04 $121.81 million $0.93 5.11
Arc Logistic Partners $105.24 million 2.78 $53.31 million $0.78 19.19

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has higher revenue and earnings than Arc Logistic Partners. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Arc Logistic Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Aegean Marine Petroleum Network and Arc Logistic Partners, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network 0 1 2 0 2.67
Arc Logistic Partners 0 2 1 0 2.33

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network currently has a consensus price target of $10.33, indicating a potential upside of 117.54%. Arc Logistic Partners has a consensus price target of $18.00, indicating a potential upside of 20.24%. Given Aegean Marine Petroleum Network’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Aegean Marine Petroleum Network is more favorable than Arc Logistic Partners.

Risk and Volatility

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has a beta of 2.25, indicating that its share price is 125% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Arc Logistic Partners has a beta of 0.83, indicating that its share price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Arc Logistic Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.8%. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network pays out 8.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Arc Logistic Partners pays out 225.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

76.5% of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 43.1% of Arc Logistic Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network beats Arc Logistic Partners on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Company Profile

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. is an international marine fuel logistics company. The Company markets and physically supplies refined marine fuel and lubricants to vessels in port, at sea and on rivers. As a physical supplier, the Company procures marine fuel from refineries, oil producers and other sources, and resells and delivers these fuels from its bunkering vessels to a range of end users. The Company owns and operates a fleet of approximately 50 bunkering vessels. The Company operates over 10 land-based storage facilities. The Company operates a vessel as a floating storage facility with a cargo carrying capacity of approximately 19,900 deadweight tonnage (dwt). The Company provides fueling services to various types of ocean-going and various types of coastal vessels, such as oil tankers, container ships, drybulk carriers, cruise ships, reefers, liquefied natural gas (LNG)/liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers, car carriers and ferries.

Arc Logistic Partners Company Profile

Arc Logistics Partners LP owns, operates, develops and acquires a portfolio of energy logistics assets. The Company is engaged in the terminaling, storage, throughput and transloading of crude oil and petroleum products. The Company is focused on growing its business through the optimization, organic development and acquisition of terminaling, storage, rail, pipeline and other energy logistics assets. As of March 6, 2017, the Company’s energy logistics assets were located in the East Coast, Gulf Coast, Midwest, Rocky Mountains and West Coast regions of the United States and supplied a group of third-party customers, including oil companies, independent refiners, crude oil and petroleum product marketers, distributors and various industrial manufacturers. As of December 31, 2016, its assets consisted of 21 terminals in 12 states; four rail transloading facilities, and the liquefied natural gas (LNG) Interest in connection with the LNG Facility.

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