Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE: EPD) is one of 53 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Enterprise Products Partners L.P. to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

37.9% of Enterprise Products Partners L.P. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.4% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 37.5% of Enterprise Products Partners L.P. shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 9.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Enterprise Products Partners L.P. and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Enterprise Products Partners L.P. 0 0 14 0 3.00
Enterprise Products Partners L.P. Competitors 380 2062 2468 109 2.46

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. currently has a consensus price target of $31.50, indicating a potential upside of 20.64%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies have a potential upside of 19.11%. Given Enterprise Products Partners L.P.’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Enterprise Products Partners L.P. is more favorable than its peers.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Enterprise Products Partners L.P. and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Enterprise Products Partners L.P. $26.33 billion $5.06 billion 20.56
Enterprise Products Partners L.P. Competitors $5.63 billion $1.30 billion 37.75

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Enterprise Products Partners L.P. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility & Risk

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. has a beta of 0.9, suggesting that its stock price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Enterprise Products Partners L.P.’s peers have a beta of 1.39, suggesting that their average stock price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.4%. Enterprise Products Partners L.P. pays out 132.3% 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 Transportation Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 6.5% and pay out 171.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Enterprise Products Partners L.P. has raised its dividend for 18 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Enterprise Products Partners L.P. and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Enterprise Products Partners L.P. 10.28% 12.04% 5.25%
Enterprise Products Partners L.P. Competitors 16.91% 14.35% 5.46%

Summary

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. peers beat Enterprise Products Partners L.P. on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Enterprise Products Partners L.P.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (Enterprise) is a provider of midstream energy services to producers and consumers of natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil, petrochemicals and refined products in North America. The Company’s segments include NGL Pipelines & Services; Crude Oil Pipelines & Services; Natural Gas Pipelines & Services, and Petrochemical & Refined Products Services. The Company’s midstream energy operations include natural gas gathering, treating, processing, transportation and storage; NGL transportation, fractionation, storage, and import and export terminals, including liquefied petroleum gas (LPG); crude oil gathering, transportation, storage and terminals; petrochemical and refined products transportation, storage, export and import terminals, and related services, and a marine transportation business that operates primarily on the United States inland and Intracoastal Waterway systems.

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