Enlink Midstream (NASDAQ: XTXI) and Western Gas Equity Partners (NYSE:WGP) are both energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Enlink Midstream and Western Gas Equity Partners, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Enlink Midstream 0 0 0 0 N/A
Western Gas Equity Partners 0 2 6 0 2.75

Western Gas Equity Partners has a consensus target price of $50.50, indicating a potential upside of 38.36%. Given Western Gas Equity Partners’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Western Gas Equity Partners is more favorable than Enlink Midstream.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Enlink Midstream and Western Gas Equity Partners’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Enlink Midstream N/A N/A N/A ($0.52) -72.31
Western Gas Equity Partners $1.80 billion 4.43 $345.77 million $1.65 22.12

Western Gas Equity Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Enlink Midstream. Enlink Midstream is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Western Gas Equity Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Western Gas Equity Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.9%. Enlink Midstream does not pay a dividend. Western Gas Equity Partners pays out 130.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Western Gas Equity Partners has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Enlink Midstream and Western Gas Equity Partners’ 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
Western Gas Equity Partners 16.96% 8.99% 4.69%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

18.4% of Western Gas Equity Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Western Gas Equity Partners 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 Western Gas Equity Partners

Western Gas Equity Partners, LP is a limited partnership. The Company is formed to own approximately three types of partnership interests in Western Gas Partners, LP (WES). WES is an master limited partnership (MLP) engaged in the business of gathering, compressing, treating, processing and transporting natural gas, and gathering, stabilizing and transporting condensate, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and crude oil. WES provides these midstream services for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (Anadarko), as well as for third-party producers and customers. Its assets and investments are located in the Rocky Mountains (Colorado, Utah and Wyoming), North-central Pennsylvania and Texas. The Bison treating facility treats and compresses gas from coal-bed methane wells in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming. MIGC, LLC receives gas from various coal-bed methane gathering systems in the Powder River Basin and the Hilight system, as well as from WBI Energy Transmission, Inc.

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