Western Gas Equity Partners, (NYSE: WGP) is one of 38 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Western Gas Equity Partners, to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk and earnings.

Dividends

Western Gas Equity Partners, pays an annual dividend of $2.11 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.2%. Western Gas Equity Partners, pays out 129.4% 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 5.0% and pay out 864.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Western Gas Equity Partners, has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years. Western Gas Equity Partners, is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares Western Gas Equity Partners, and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Western Gas Equity Partners, 17.50% 8.78% 4.69%
Western Gas Equity Partners, Competitors -1.52% 2.05% 1.32%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Western Gas Equity Partners, and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Western Gas Equity Partners, 0 2 7 0 2.78
Western Gas Equity Partners, Competitors 361 1708 2124 108 2.46

Western Gas Equity Partners, presently has a consensus target price of $51.00, suggesting a potential upside of 25.46%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 9.35%. Given Western Gas Equity Partners,’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Western Gas Equity Partners, is more favorable than its competitors.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

17.8% of Western Gas Equity Partners, shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are owned by institutional investors. 11.7% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Western Gas Equity Partners, has a beta of 1.57, meaning that its share price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Western Gas Equity Partners,’s competitors have a beta of 1.30, meaning that their average share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Western Gas Equity Partners, and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Western Gas Equity Partners, $2.03 billion $944.00 million 24.94
Western Gas Equity Partners, Competitors $45.68 billion $4.44 billion 23.12

Western Gas Equity Partners,’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Western Gas Equity Partners,. Western Gas Equity Partners, 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

Western Gas Equity Partners, beats its competitors on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Western Gas Equity Partners,

Western Gas Equity Partners, LP is a limited partnership. The Company is formed to own approximately three types of partnership interests in Western Gas Partners, LP (WES). WES is an master limited partnership (MLP) engaged in the business of gathering, compressing, treating, processing and transporting natural gas, and gathering, stabilizing and transporting condensate, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and crude oil. WES provides these midstream services for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (Anadarko), as well as for third-party producers and customers. Its assets and investments are located in the Rocky Mountains (Colorado, Utah and Wyoming), North-central Pennsylvania and Texas. The Bison treating facility treats and compresses gas from coal-bed methane wells in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming. MIGC, LLC receives gas from various coal-bed methane gathering systems in the Powder River Basin and the Hilight system, as well as from WBI Energy Transmission, Inc.

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