Sprague Resources (NYSE: SRLP) is one of 39 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Sprague Resources to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Dividends

Sprague Resources pays an annual dividend of $2.43 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.5%. Sprague Resources pays out 119.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.1% and pay out 638.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Sprague Resources has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years. Sprague Resources is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

24.6% of Sprague Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.5% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are owned by institutional investors. 11.9% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are owned by company 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.

Volatility & Risk

Sprague Resources has a beta of 1.4, suggesting that its stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sprague Resources’ competitors have a beta of 1.26, suggesting that their average stock price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Sprague Resources and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Sprague Resources $2.62 billion $105.38 million 12.66
Sprague Resources Competitors $44.25 billion $4.32 billion 21.70

Sprague Resources’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Sprague Resources. Sprague Resources is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Sprague Resources and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sprague Resources 1.77% 29.64% 4.95%
Sprague Resources Competitors -0.98% 2.28% 1.42%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Sprague Resources and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sprague Resources 0 0 2 0 3.00
Sprague Resources Competitors 448 1947 2265 133 2.43

Sprague Resources presently has a consensus price target of $33.00, suggesting a potential upside of 28.40%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 16.17%. Given Sprague Resources’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Sprague Resources is more favorable than its competitors.

Summary

Sprague Resources beats its competitors on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Sprague Resources

Sprague Resources LP is engaged in the purchase, storage, distribution and sale of refined products and natural gas, and provides storage and handling services for a range of materials. The Company operates through four segments: refined products, which purchases a range of refined products, such as heating oil, diesel fuel, residual fuel oil, asphalt, kerosene, jet fuel and gasoline from refining companies, trading organizations and producers; natural gas, which purchases natural gas from natural gas producers and trading companies, and sells and distributes natural gas to commercial and industrial customers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic United States; materials handling, which offloads, stores and prepares for delivery a range of customer-owned products, including asphalt, clay slurry, coal and heavy equipment, and other operations, which include the purchase and distribution of coal, certain commercial trucking activities and the heating equipment service business.

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