Reviewing USD Partners (USDP) & The Competition

USD Partners (NYSE: USDP) is one of 48 publicly-traded companies in the “Construction & Engineering” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare USD Partners to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, profitability, earnings, risk and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

30.2% of USD Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.1% of shares of all “Construction & Engineering” companies are owned by institutional investors. 11.1% of shares of all “Construction & Engineering” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares USD Partners and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
USD Partners $110.04 million $55.88 million 9.06
USD Partners Competitors $3.11 billion $137.21 million 24.05

USD Partners’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than USD Partners. USD Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for USD Partners and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
USD Partners 1 0 1 0 2.00
USD Partners Competitors 159 913 1575 18 2.54

USD Partners presently has a consensus price target of $17.00, indicating a potential upside of 52.53%. As a group, “Construction & Engineering” companies have a potential upside of 23.32%. Given USD Partners’ higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe USD Partners is more favorable than its peers.

Risk and Volatility

USD Partners has a beta of 1.01, meaning that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, USD Partners’ peers have a beta of 1.30, meaning that their average stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares USD Partners and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
USD Partners 21.37% 42.91% 7.72%
USD Partners Competitors 1.92% -27.94% 2.22%

Dividends

USD Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.2%. USD Partners pays out 110.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Construction & Engineering” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.5% and pay out 129.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. USD Partners is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Summary

USD Partners peers beat USD Partners on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About USD Partners

USD Partners LP acquires, develops and operates energy-related logistics assets, including rail terminals and other midstream infrastructure. The Company’s segments include Terminalling services and Fleet services. The Terminalling services segment consists of various operations, including Hardisty terminal, Casper terminal and Ethanol terminals. Its Hardisty terminal is an origination terminal where it loads various grades of Canadian crude oil onto railcars for transportation to end markets. The Casper terminal is a crude oil storage, blending and railcar loading terminal located in Casper, Wyoming. Its San Antonio and West Colton terminals are unit train-capable destination terminals that transload ethanol received by rail from producers onto trucks to meet local ethanol demand. The Company provides its customers with railcars and fleet services related to the transportation of liquid hydrocarbons and biofuels by rail under master fleet services agreements.

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