Enlink Midstream (NASDAQ: XTXI) and BP p.l.c. (NYSE:BP) are both oil & gas refining and marketing – nec companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Enlink Midstream and BP p.l.c.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Enlink Midstream N/A N/A N/A
BP p.l.c. 1.70% 4.52% 1.68%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Enlink Midstream and BP p.l.c.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Enlink Midstream N/A N/A N/A ($0.52) -72.31
BP p.l.c. $186.61 billion 0.69 $115.00 million $1.17 33.41

BP p.l.c. has higher revenue and earnings than Enlink Midstream. Enlink Midstream is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than BP p.l.c., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

9.9% of BP p.l.c. shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of BP p.l.c. shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

BP p.l.c. pays an annual dividend of $2.38 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.1%. Enlink Midstream does not pay a dividend. BP p.l.c. pays out 203.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Enlink Midstream and BP p.l.c., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Enlink Midstream 0 0 0 0 N/A
BP p.l.c. 2 7 11 0 2.45

BP p.l.c. has a consensus price target of $37.90, indicating a potential downside of 3.05%. Given BP p.l.c.’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe BP p.l.c. is more favorable than Enlink Midstream.

Summary

BP p.l.c. beats Enlink Midstream on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Enlink Midstream

Enlink Midstream Partners, L.P. is engaged, through its subsidiaries, in the gathering, transmission, processing and marketing of natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs). The Company connects the wells of natural gas producers in the geographic areas of its gathering systems in order to gather for a fee or purchase the gas production, processes natural gas for the removal of NGLs, transports natural gas and NGLs and ultimately provides natural gas and NGLs to a variety of markets. In addition, it purchases natural gas and NGLs from producers not connected to its gathering systems for resale and markets natural gas and NGLs on behalf of producers for a fee. Its partnership interests consist of 19.7% limited partner interest in Crosstex Energy, L.P. (the Partnership), as of December 31, 2012, and 100% ownership interest in Crosstex Energy GP, LLC, the general partner of the Partnership, which owns a 2.0% general partner interest and all of the distribution rights in the Partnership.

About BP p.l.c.

BP p.l.c. is an integrated oil and gas company. The Company owns an interest in OJSC Oil Company Rosneft (Rosneft), an oil and gas company. The Company’s segments include Upstream, Downstream, Rosneft, and Other businesses and corporate. The Upstream segment is engaged in oil and natural gas exploration, field development and production, as well as midstream transportation, storage and processing. The Downstream segment has global manufacturing and marketing operations. The Rosneft segment has a resource base of hydrocarbons onshore and offshore. The Other businesses and corporate segment comprises the biofuels and wind businesses, shipping and treasury functions, and corporate activities around the world. The Company provides its customers with fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, lubricants to keep engines moving and the petrochemicals products used to make everyday items as diverse as paints, clothes and packaging.

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