Enbridge (NYSE: ENB) and Sunoco Logistics Partners (NYSE:ETP) are both large-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, valuation and dividends.

Volatility & Risk

Enbridge has a beta of 0.65, indicating that its stock price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sunoco Logistics Partners has a beta of 1.01, indicating that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Enbridge pays an annual dividend of $1.97 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.4%. Sunoco Logistics Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.6%. Enbridge pays out 123.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Sunoco Logistics Partners pays out 440.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Enbridge has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years and Sunoco Logistics Partners has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years. Sunoco Logistics Partners is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Profitability

This table compares Enbridge and Sunoco Logistics Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Enbridge 7.49% 6.08% 1.98%
Sunoco Logistics Partners 3.57% 4.67% 2.04%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Enbridge and Sunoco Logistics Partners’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Enbridge $25.89 billion 2.33 $1.56 billion $1.59 23.08
Sunoco Logistics Partners $9.15 billion 2.11 $705.00 million $0.50 35.02

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Enbridge and Sunoco Logistics Partners, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Enbridge 0 6 4 0 2.40
Sunoco Logistics Partners 0 3 12 0 2.80

Enbridge presently has a consensus target price of $56.00, suggesting a potential upside of 52.63%. Sunoco Logistics Partners has a consensus target price of $26.31, suggesting a potential upside of 50.24%. Given Enbridge’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Enbridge is more favorable than Sunoco Logistics Partners.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

61.6% of Enbridge shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.3% of Sunoco Logistics Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of Sunoco Logistics Partners shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Enbridge beats Sunoco Logistics Partners on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Enbridge

Enbridge Inc. is a Canada-based energy transportation and distribution company. The Company is engaged in delivering energy. It operates through five segments: Liquids Pipelines, Gas Distribution, Gas Pipelines and Processing, Green Power and Transmission, and Energy Services. Liquids Pipelines consists of common carrier and contract crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGL), and refined products pipelines and terminals, including Canadian Mainline, Lakehead Pipeline System, Mid-Continent and Gulf Coast and Regional Oil Sands System. Gas Distribution consists of its natural gas utility operations, the core of which is Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. Green Power and Transmission consists of its investments in renewable energy assets and transmission facilities. Renewable energy assets consist of wind, solar, geothermal and waste heat recovery facilities in Canada. Energy Services undertake physical commodity marketing activity and logistical services, and oversee refinery supply services.

About Sunoco Logistics Partners

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., formerly Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P., owns and operates a logistics business. The Company is engaged in the transport, terminaling and storage of crude oil, refined products and natural gas liquids (NGLs). The Company’s segments include Crude Oil, Natural Gas Liquids and Refined Products. In addition to logistics services, it also owns acquisition and marketing assets. The Crude Oil segment provides transportation, terminaling and acquisition and marketing services to crude oil markets throughout the southwest, midwest and northeastern United States. The Natural Gas Liquids segment transports, stores, and executes acquisition and marketing activities utilizing a network of pipelines, storage and blending facilities, and strategic off-take locations that provide access to multiple NGL markets. The Refined Products segment provides transportation and terminaling services, using refined products pipelines and refined products marketing terminals.

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