JP Energy Partners (NYSE: JPEP) and National Fuel Gas (NYSE:NFG) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation and profitability.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
53.4% of JP Energy Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 72.2% of National Fuel Gas shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.6% of National Fuel Gas shares are owned by company 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.
This table compares JP Energy Partners and National Fuel Gas’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|JP Energy Partners||-5.61%||-5.99%||-4.01%|
|National Fuel Gas||17.38%||18.31%||5.13%|
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares JP Energy Partners and National Fuel Gas’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||NetIncome||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|JP Energy Partners||N/A||N/A||N/A||($1.59)||N/A|
|National Fuel Gas||$1,452.42||3.35||-$290.95||$3.21||17.73|
JP Energy Partners has higher revenue, but lower earnings than National Fuel Gas. JP Energy Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than National Fuel Gas, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
National Fuel Gas pays an annual dividend of $1.66 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. JP Energy Partners does not pay a dividend. National Fuel Gas pays out 51.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. National Fuel Gas has raised its dividend for 46 consecutive years.
Volatility and Risk
JP Energy Partners has a beta of 3.3, suggesting that its stock price is 230% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, National Fuel Gas has a beta of 0.95, suggesting that its stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of current recommendations for JP Energy Partners and National Fuel Gas, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|JP Energy Partners||0||0||0||0||N/A|
|National Fuel Gas||0||3||0||0||2.00|
National Fuel Gas has a consensus target price of $59.67, suggesting a potential upside of 4.83%.
National Fuel Gas beats JP Energy Partners on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
About JP Energy Partners
JP Energy Partners LP owns, operates, develops and acquires a portfolio of midstream energy assets. The Company provides midstream infrastructure solutions for the supply of crude oil, refined products and natural gas liquids (NGLs) in the United States. The Company’s segments include crude oil pipelines and storage, refined products terminals and storage, and NGL distribution and sales. The Company’s crude oil businesses are situated in areas, including the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford shale. Its crude oil pipelines and storage segment manages the physical movement of crude oil from origination to final destination through its network of owned and leased assets. Its refined product terminals and storage segment consists of approximately two refined products terminals located in North Little Rock, Arkansas and Caddo Mills, Texas. The Company’s NGL distribution and sales segment involves the retail, commercial and wholesale sale of NGLs and other refined products.
About National Fuel Gas
National Fuel Gas Company is a holding company. The Company is an energy company engaged principally in the production, gathering, transportation, distribution and marketing of natural gas. The Company operates in five business segments: Exploration and Production, Pipeline and Storage, Gathering, Utility, and Energy Marketing. The Company operates an integrated business, with assets centered in western New York and Pennsylvania, and the production and transportation of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale basin. The Company also develops and produces oil reserves, primarily in California. The Company’s Exploration and Production segment operations are carried out by Seneca Resources Corporation (Seneca), a Pennsylvania corporation. The Company’s National Fuel Gas Supply Corporation (Supply Corporation), a Pennsylvania corporation, and Empire Pipeline, Inc. (Empire), a New York corporation, carry out the Company’s Pipeline and Storage segment operations.
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