PAA Natural Gas Storage (NYSE: PNG) and GasLog Partners (NYSE:GLOP) are both energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

42.3% of GasLog Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares PAA Natural Gas Storage and GasLog Partners’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PAA Natural Gas Storage N/A N/A N/A $0.92 N/A
GasLog Partners $228.74 million 3.92 $77.34 million $2.14 10.30

GasLog Partners has higher revenue and earnings than PAA Natural Gas Storage. PAA Natural Gas Storage is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than GasLog Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares PAA Natural Gas Storage and GasLog Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PAA Natural Gas Storage N/A N/A N/A
GasLog Partners 34.89% 12.44% 5.17%

Dividends

GasLog Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.07 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.4%. PAA Natural Gas Storage does not pay a dividend. GasLog Partners pays out 96.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. GasLog Partners has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for PAA Natural Gas Storage and GasLog Partners, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PAA Natural Gas Storage 0 0 0 0 N/A
GasLog Partners 0 1 3 0 2.75

GasLog Partners has a consensus price target of $26.50, indicating a potential upside of 20.18%.

Summary

GasLog Partners beats PAA Natural Gas Storage on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About PAA Natural Gas Storage

PAA Natural Gas Storage, L.P. is engaged in the business of acquisition, development, ownership, operation and commercial management of natural gas storage facilities. As of December 31, 2012, the Company owned and operated three natural gas storage facilities located in Louisiana, Mississippi and Michigan. The Company also leases storage capacity and pipelines transportation capacity from third parties. The Company provides natural gas storage services to a mix of customers, including local gas distribution company’s liquefied natural gas (LNG), electric utilities, pipelines, direct industrial users, electric power generators, marketers, producers, LNG exporters and affiliates of such entities. In December 31, 2013, Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (Plains) completed the merger of PAA Natural Gas Storage, L.P with a wholly owned subsidiary of Plains, with Plains surviving the merger as a wholly owned subsidiary of PAA.

About GasLog Partners

GasLog Partners LP is a limited partnership company. The Company focuses on owning, operating and acquiring liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers under multi-year charters. The Company’s fleet consists of 9 LNG carriers with an average carrying capacity of approximately 149,500 cubic meters (cbm), each of which has a multi-year time charter. The Company’s fleet includes GasLog Seattle, GasLog Shanghai, GasLog Santiago, GasLog Sydney, Methane Rita Andrea, Methane Jane Elizabeth, Methane Alison Victoria, Methane Shirley Elisabeth and Methane Heather Sally. The GasLog Seattle is a tri-fuel diesel electric LNG carrier. Each of the GasLog Seattle, GasLog Shanghai, GasLog Santiago and GasLog Sydney vessels has a cargo capacity of approximately 155,000 cbm. Each of the Methane Rita Andrea, Methane Heather Sally, Methane Shirley Elisabeth, Methane Alison Victoria and Methane Jane Elizabeth vessels has a cargo capacity of approximately 145,000 cbm.

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