Westlake Chemical Partners (NYSE: WLKP) is one of 34 public companies in the “Commodity Chemicals” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Westlake Chemical Partners to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, dividends and risk.

Dividends

Westlake Chemical Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.46 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.5%. Westlake Chemical Partners pays out 102.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Commodity Chemicals” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.8% and pay out 62.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Westlake Chemical Partners has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Westlake Chemical Partners and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Westlake Chemical Partners 0 0 2 0 3.00
Westlake Chemical Partners Competitors 98 751 1134 32 2.55

Westlake Chemical Partners presently has a consensus price target of $26.50, suggesting a potential upside of 18.04%. As a group, “Commodity Chemicals” companies have a potential downside of 3.09%. Given Westlake Chemical Partners’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Westlake Chemical Partners is more favorable than its competitors.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

73.3% of Westlake Chemical Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.0% of shares of all “Commodity Chemicals” companies are held by institutional investors. 8.2% of shares of all “Commodity Chemicals” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Westlake Chemical Partners has a beta of 1.21, meaning that its stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Westlake Chemical Partners’ competitors have a beta of 1.17, meaning that their average stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Westlake Chemical Partners and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Westlake Chemical Partners 3.60% 4.34% 2.54%
Westlake Chemical Partners Competitors -29.86% 24.06% 5.26%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Westlake Chemical Partners and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Westlake Chemical Partners $1.09 billion $456.12 million 15.81
Westlake Chemical Partners Competitors $4.15 billion $892.82 million 34.36

Westlake Chemical Partners’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Westlake Chemical Partners. Westlake Chemical Partners 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.

Summary

Westlake Chemical Partners competitors beat Westlake Chemical Partners on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Westlake Chemical Partners

Westlake Chemical Partners LP is a limited partnership formed by Westlake Chemical Corporation (Westlake). The Company operates, acquires and develops ethylene production facilities and other assets. Its business and operations are conducted through Westlake Chemical OpCo LP (OpCo). OpCo sells ethylene to Westlake and others, as well as sells co-products of ethylene production, including propylene, crude butadiene, pyrolysis gasoline and hydrogen. As of December 31, 2016, OpCo’s assets included three ethylene production facilities, which primarily convert ethane into ethylene, and a 200-mile ethylene pipeline. As of December 31, 2016, OpCo owned two ethylene production facilities at Westlake’s Lake Charles, Louisiana site (Petro 1 and Petro 2, collectively Lake Charles Olefins), and one ethylene production facility at Westlake’s Calvert City, Kentucky site (Calvert City Olefins), with an annual capacity of approximately 630 million pounds.

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