Golar LNG Partners (NASDAQ: GMLP) and Dominion Midstream Partners, (NYSE:DM) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation and profitability.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Golar LNG Partners and Dominion Midstream Partners,’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Golar LNG Partners $466.14 million 3.47 $388.08 million $2.97 7.70
Dominion Midstream Partners, $518.60 million 6.13 $295.90 million $1.36 23.57

Golar LNG Partners has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Dominion Midstream Partners,. Golar LNG Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Dominion Midstream Partners,, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

Golar LNG Partners has a beta of 0.95, indicating that its stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Dominion Midstream Partners, has a beta of 1.7, indicating that its stock price is 70% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Golar LNG Partners and Dominion Midstream Partners,, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Golar LNG Partners 0 3 1 0 2.25
Dominion Midstream Partners, 1 2 7 0 2.60

Golar LNG Partners presently has a consensus target price of $23.25, indicating a potential upside of 1.66%. Dominion Midstream Partners, has a consensus target price of $34.63, indicating a potential upside of 8.03%. Given Dominion Midstream Partners,’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Dominion Midstream Partners, is more favorable than Golar LNG Partners.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

45.5% of Golar LNG Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.1% of Dominion Midstream Partners, shares are held by institutional investors. 11.2% of Dominion Midstream Partners, 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.

Profitability

This table compares Golar LNG Partners and Dominion Midstream Partners,’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Golar LNG Partners 43.94% 31.12% 8.86%
Dominion Midstream Partners, 19.08% 1.82% 1.41%

Dividends

Golar LNG Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.31 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.1%. Dominion Midstream Partners, pays an annual dividend of $1.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Golar LNG Partners pays out 77.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Dominion Midstream Partners, pays out 84.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Golar LNG Partners is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Summary

Dominion Midstream Partners, beats Golar LNG Partners on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Golar LNG Partners

Golar LNG Partners LP owns and operates floating storage regasification units (FSRUs) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers under long-term time charters. The Company operates through the LNG market segment. The Company’s fleet consists of approximately six FSRUs and over four LNG carriers. The Company’s FSRU vessels include Golar Spirit, Golar Winter, Golar Freeze, NR Satu, Golar Igloo and Golar Eskimo. Its FSRU vessels have a total capacity of approximately 846,000 cubic meters. The Company’s LNG carriers include Golar Mazo, Methane Princess, Golar Grand and Golar Maria. Its LNG carriers have a total capacity of over 564,400 cubic meters.

About Dominion Midstream Partners,

Dominion Energy Midstream Partners, LP, formerly Dominion Midstream Partners, LP, is a limited partnership. The Company is formed to grow a portfolio of natural gas terminaling, processing, storage, transportation and related assets. The Company’s segments include Dominion Energy, which consists of gas transportation, liquefied natural gas (LNG) import and storage, and Corporate and Other. The Company owns the preferred equity interests and the general partner interest of Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP (Cove Point). Cove Point’s operations consist of LNG import and storage services at the Cove Point LNG Facility and the transportation of domestic natural gas and regasified LNG to Mid-Atlantic markets through the Cove Point Pipeline. The Cove Point LNG Facility includes an offshore pier, regasification facilities and associated equipment required to receive imported LNG from tankers; store LNG in storage tanks; regasify LNG, and deliver regasified LNG to the Cove Point Pipeline.

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