Ngl Energy Partners Lp (NYSE: NGL) and Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and profitabiliy.

Profitability

This table compares Ngl Energy Partners Lp and Exxon Mobil Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ngl Energy Partners Lp -0.73% -5.00% -1.62%
Exxon Mobil Corporation 4.75% 7.62% 4.04%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Ngl Energy Partners Lp and Exxon Mobil Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ngl Energy Partners Lp 0 2 3 0 2.60
Exxon Mobil Corporation 7 13 8 1 2.10

Ngl Energy Partners Lp currently has a consensus price target of $18.40, suggesting a potential upside of 71.96%. Exxon Mobil Corporation has a consensus price target of $85.68, suggesting a potential upside of 6.89%. Given Ngl Energy Partners Lp’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Ngl Energy Partners Lp is more favorable than Exxon Mobil Corporation.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ngl Energy Partners Lp and Exxon Mobil Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ngl Energy Partners Lp $13.02 billion 0.10 $282.66 million ($1.25) -8.56
Exxon Mobil Corporation $216.60 billion 1.57 $28.64 billion $2.77 28.94

Exxon Mobil Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Ngl Energy Partners Lp. Ngl Energy Partners Lp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Exxon Mobil Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Ngl Energy Partners Lp pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 14.6%. Exxon Mobil Corporation pays an annual dividend of $3.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. Ngl Energy Partners Lp pays out -124.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Exxon Mobil Corporation pays out 111.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Ngl Energy Partners Lp has increased its dividend for 34 consecutive years. Ngl Energy Partners Lp is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Volatility and Risk

Ngl Energy Partners Lp has a beta of 0.5, meaning that its share price is 50% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Exxon Mobil Corporation has a beta of 0.81, meaning that its share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

75.9% of Ngl Energy Partners Lp shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.6% of Exxon Mobil Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.1% of Exxon Mobil Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Exxon Mobil Corporation beats Ngl Energy Partners Lp on 12 of the 18 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ngl Energy Partners Lp Company Profile

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.

Exxon Mobil Corporation Company Profile

Exxon Mobil Corporation is engaged in energy business. The Company is engaged in the exploration, production, transportation and sale of crude oil and natural gas, and the manufacture, transportation and sale of petroleum products. The Company also manufactures and markets commodity petrochemicals, including olefins, aromatics, polyethylene and polypropylene plastics, and a range of specialty products. The Company’s segments include Upstream, Downstream, Chemical, and Corporate and Financing. The Upstream segment operates to explore for and produce crude oil and natural gas. The Downstream operates to manufacture and sell petroleum products. The Chemical segment operates to manufacture and sell petrochemicals. The Company has exploration and development activities in projects located in the United States, Canada/South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia/Oceania.

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