Golar LNG Partners (NASDAQ: GMLP) is one of 15 public companies in the “LNG Transportation & Storage” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Golar LNG Partners to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

44.8% of Golar LNG Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.1% of shares of all “LNG Transportation & Storage” companies are owned by institutional investors. 5.6% of shares of all “LNG Transportation & Storage” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Golar LNG Partners and its rivals’ 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%
Golar LNG Partners Competitors 23.52% 2,817.02% 508.23%

Dividends

Golar LNG Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.31 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.5%. Golar LNG Partners pays out 82.5% 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, “LNG Transportation & Storage” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.9% and pay out 101.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Golar LNG Partners is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Risk and Volatility

Golar LNG Partners has a beta of 0.92, indicating that its share price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Golar LNG Partners’ rivals have a beta of 1.28, indicating that their average share price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Golar LNG Partners and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Golar LNG Partners 0 3 2 0 2.40
Golar LNG Partners Competitors 60 257 515 11 2.57

Golar LNG Partners presently has a consensus target price of $23.25, suggesting a potential upside of 6.07%. As a group, “LNG Transportation & Storage” companies have a potential upside of 12.81%. Given Golar LNG Partners’ rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Golar LNG Partners has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Golar LNG Partners and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Golar LNG Partners $441.60 million $172.17 million 7.83
Golar LNG Partners Competitors $302.22 million $55.11 million 59.80

Golar LNG Partners has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Golar LNG Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Golar LNG Partners rivals beat Golar LNG Partners on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Golar LNG Partners Company Profile

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.

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