Tesoro Logistics (NYSE: ANDX) and Western Refining Logistics, (NYSE:WNRL) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.

Risk & Volatility

Tesoro Logistics has a beta of 1.11, suggesting that its stock price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Western Refining Logistics, has a beta of 0.79, suggesting that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Tesoro Logistics and Western Refining Logistics,’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tesoro Logistics N/A N/A N/A $1.91 23.92
Western Refining Logistics, $2.41 billion 0.60 $128.20 million $1.00 23.85

Western Refining Logistics, has higher revenue and earnings than Tesoro Logistics. Western Refining Logistics, is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Tesoro Logistics, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Tesoro Logistics and Western Refining Logistics,, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tesoro Logistics 0 0 2 0 3.00
Western Refining Logistics, 0 1 1 0 2.50

Tesoro Logistics presently has a consensus target price of $60.00, suggesting a potential upside of 31.32%. Western Refining Logistics, has a consensus target price of $35.00, suggesting a potential upside of 46.75%. Given Western Refining Logistics,’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Western Refining Logistics, is more favorable than Tesoro Logistics.

Profitability

This table compares Tesoro Logistics and Western Refining Logistics,’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tesoro Logistics 25.07% 22.25% 6.61%
Western Refining Logistics, 3.05% 78.84% 12.72%

Dividends

Tesoro Logistics pays an annual dividend of $3.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.5%. Western Refining Logistics, pays an annual dividend of $1.87 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.8%. Tesoro Logistics pays out 203.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Western Refining Logistics, pays out 187.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Western Refining Logistics, has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

66.4% of Tesoro Logistics shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 40.5% of Western Refining Logistics, shares are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of Tesoro Logistics shares are held 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.

Summary

Tesoro Logistics beats Western Refining Logistics, on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Tesoro Logistics

Andeavor Logistics LP, formerly Tesoro Logistics LP, is a full-service logistics company operating in the western and mid-continent regions of the United States. The Company operates through three segments. Its Gathering segment consists of crude oil, natural gas and produced water gathering systems in the Bakken Region and Rockies Region. Its Processing segment consists of the Vermillion processing complex, the Uinta Basin processing complex, the Blacks Fork processing complex and the Emigrant Trail processing complex. Its Terminalling and Transportation segment consists of the Northwest Products Pipeline, which includes a regulated common carrier products, a regulated common carrier refined products pipeline system connecting Tesoro Corporation’s Kenai refinery to Anchorage, Alaska, and crude oil and refined products terminals and storage facilities in the western and midwestern United States; marine terminals in California; a petroleum coke handling and storage facility.

About Western Refining Logistics,

Western Refining Logistics, LP owns, operates, develops, and acquires logistics and related assets and businesses to include terminals, storage tanks, pipelines and other logistics assets related to the terminaling, transportation, storage and distribution of crude oil and refined products. The Company’s segments include logistics and wholesale. The Company operates its logistics business and wholesale business under commercial and service agreements with Western Refining, Inc. (Western). Its logistics assets consist of pipeline and gathering infrastructure and terminalling, transportation and storage assets in the Southwest and the Upper Great Plains region. Its wholesale business purchases its petroleum fuels from Western, and its lubricants and additional petroleum fuels from third-party suppliers.

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