Mplx Lp (NYSE: MPLX) is one of 53 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Mplx Lp to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Mplx Lp pays an annual dividend of $2.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.3%. Mplx Lp pays out 271.1% 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 6.4% and pay out 172.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Mplx Lp has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years. Mplx Lp lags its competitors as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Risk & Volatility

Mplx Lp has a beta of 1.36, meaning that its share price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mplx Lp’s competitors have a beta of 1.39, meaning that their average share price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Mplx Lp and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mplx Lp 0 1 11 1 3.00
Mplx Lp Competitors 269 1722 2319 82 2.50

Mplx Lp currently has a consensus price target of $42.25, indicating a potential upside of 18.35%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies have a potential upside of 16.69%. Given Mplx Lp’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Mplx Lp is more favorable than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Mplx Lp and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mplx Lp 19.07% 6.13% 3.51%
Mplx Lp Competitors 16.87% 14.36% 5.47%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

63.2% of Mplx Lp shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 9.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies are owned 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.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Mplx Lp and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Mplx Lp $3.04 billion $1.47 billion 43.01
Mplx Lp Competitors $5.66 billion $1.31 billion 38.21

Mplx Lp’s competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Mplx Lp. Mplx Lp is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Mplx Lp beats its competitors on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Mplx Lp Company Profile

MPLX LP is a master limited partnership (MLP) formed by Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) to own, operate, develop and acquire midstream energy infrastructure assets. The Company is engaged in the gathering, processing and transportation of natural gas; the gathering, transportation, fractionation, storage and marketing of natural gas liquids (NGLs), and the gathering, transportation and storage of crude oil and refined petroleum products. Its segments are Logistics and Storage (L&S), and Gathering and Processing (G&P). The L&S segment includes transportation and storage of crude oil, refined products and other hydrocarbon-based products. As of December 31, 2016, the G&P segment operated various natural gas gathering systems that had a combined 5,439 million cubic feet per day (mmcf/d) throughput capacity. As of December 31, 2016, its assets included infrastructure to support MPC, including approximately 2,900 miles of crude oil and refined product pipelines across nine states.

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