Delek Logistics Partners (NYSE: DKL) and Rose Rock Midstream (NYSE:RRMS) are both energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, risk and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Delek Logistics Partners and Rose Rock Midstream, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Delek Logistics Partners 0 2 0 0 2.00
Rose Rock Midstream 0 0 0 0 N/A

Delek Logistics Partners presently has a consensus price target of $32.50, indicating a potential downside of 1.66%. Given Delek Logistics Partners’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Delek Logistics Partners is more favorable than Rose Rock Midstream.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Delek Logistics Partners and Rose Rock Midstream’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Delek Logistics Partners $448.06 million 1.83 $62.80 million $1.99 16.61
Rose Rock Midstream N/A N/A N/A $0.87 31.22

Delek Logistics Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Rose Rock Midstream. Delek Logistics Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Rose Rock Midstream, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

25.1% of Delek Logistics Partners shares are held by institutional investors. 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

Delek Logistics Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.86 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.7%. Rose Rock Midstream pays an annual dividend of $2.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.7%. Delek Logistics Partners pays out 143.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Rose Rock Midstream pays out 303.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Delek Logistics Partners has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years and Rose Rock Midstream has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years. Rose Rock Midstream is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Profitability

This table compares Delek Logistics Partners and Rose Rock Midstream’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Delek Logistics Partners 12.86% -332.86% 15.79%
Rose Rock Midstream 5.87% 8.49% 3.12%

Summary

Delek Logistics Partners beats Rose Rock Midstream on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Delek Logistics Partners

Delek Logistics Partners, LP owns and operates logistics and marketing assets for crude oil, and intermediate and refined products. The Company’s business primarily consists of certain crude oil, intermediate and refined products pipelines and transportation, storage, wholesale marketing, terminaling and offloading assets, which were previously owned, operated or held by Delek US Holdings, Inc. (Delek), and assets acquired from unrelated third parties. The Company operates through two segments: Pipelines and Transportation segment, and Wholesale Marketing and Terminalling segment. The Company engaged in the gathering, transporting and storing crude oil; storing intermediate products and feed stocks, and marketing, distributing, transporting, offloading and storing refined products. The Company also provides crude oil, intermediate and refined products transportation services for terminaling, and marketing services to third parties primarily in Texas, Tennessee and Arkansas.

About Rose Rock Midstream

Rose Rock Midstream, L.P. owns, operates, develops and acquires diversified portfolio of midstream energy assets. The Company is engaged in providing midstream energy related services, such as crude oil gathering, transportation, storage, distribution and marketing in Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming. Its segments include Transportation, Facilities, and Supply and Logistics. Its Transportation segment operates crude oil pipelines and truck transportation businesses in the United States. Its Facilities segment operates crude oil storage and terminal businesses in the United States. Its Supply and Logistics segment operates a crude oil marketing and blending business in the United States. The Company operates in the Bakken Shale in North Dakota and Montana, the Denver-Julesburg Basin (DJ Basin) and the Niobrara Shale in the Rocky Mountain region, and the Granite Wash and Mississippi Lime Play in the Mid-Continent region.

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