Reviewing Clean Energy Fuels (CLNE) and American Midstream Partners (AMID)

Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE) and American Midstream Partners (NYSE:AMID) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, dividends and profitability.

Risk and Volatility

Clean Energy Fuels has a beta of 1.85, meaning that its share price is 85% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, American Midstream Partners has a beta of 1.05, meaning that its share price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Clean Energy Fuels and American Midstream Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Clean Energy Fuels -15.47% -10.52% -6.31%
American Midstream Partners 0.12% -11.67% -2.29%

Dividends

American Midstream Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.65 per share and has a dividend yield of 13.5%. Clean Energy Fuels does not pay a dividend. American Midstream Partners pays out -217.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Clean Energy Fuels and American Midstream Partners’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Clean Energy Fuels $402.66 million 0.80 -$12.15 million ($0.37) -5.78
American Midstream Partners $232.68 million 3.78 -$3.47 million ($0.76) -16.05

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Clean Energy Fuels and American Midstream Partners, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Clean Energy Fuels 0 0 0 0 N/A
American Midstream Partners 0 2 1 0 2.33

American Midstream Partners has a consensus price target of $16.33, indicating a potential upside of 33.88%. Given American Midstream Partners’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe American Midstream Partners is more favorable than Clean Energy Fuels.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

35.6% of Clean Energy Fuels shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 43.0% of American Midstream Partners shares are held by institutional investors. 14.9% of Clean Energy Fuels shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.4% of American Midstream Partners shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

American Midstream Partners beats Clean Energy Fuels on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Clean Energy Fuels Company Profile

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (Clean Energy) is a provider of natural gas as an alternative fuel for vehicle fleets in the United States and Canada. The Company is engaged in supplying compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and renewable natural gas (RNG) for light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles, and providing operation and maintenance (O&M) services for natural gas fueling stations. The Company designs, builds, operates and maintains fueling stations; manufactures, sells and services non-lubricated natural gas fueling compressors and other equipment used in CNG stations and LNG stations; offers assessment, design and modification solutions to provide operators with code-compliant service and maintenance facilities for natural gas vehicle fleets, and transports and sells CNG and LNG to industrial and institutional energy users having no direct access to natural gas pipelines, among others.

American Midstream Partners Company Profile

American Midstream Partners, LP owns, operates, develops and acquires a portfolio of midstream energy assets. The Company provides midstream infrastructure that links producers of natural gas, crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs), condensate and specialty chemicals to numerous intermediate and end-use markets. Its segments include gathering and processing, transmission and terminals. Through its segments, it is engaged in the business of gathering, treating, processing, and transporting natural gas; gathering, transporting, storing, treating and fractionating NGLs; gathering, storing and transporting crude oil and condensates, and storing specialty chemical products. Its gathering and processing assets are primarily located in the Permian Basin of West Texas; the Cotton Valley/Haynesville Shale of East Texas; the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas; the Bakken Shale of North Dakota, and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.

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