Critical Review: Crestwood Equity Partners (CEQP) vs. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network (ANW)

Crestwood Equity Partners (NYSE: CEQP) and Aegean Marine Petroleum Network (NYSE:ANW) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

65.5% of Crestwood Equity Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.3% of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network shares are held by institutional investors. 36.2% of Crestwood Equity Partners shares are held 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.

Dividends

Crestwood Equity Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.3%. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Crestwood Equity Partners pays out -85.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network pays out 21.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Crestwood Equity Partners is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Crestwood Equity Partners and Aegean Marine Petroleum Network, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crestwood Equity Partners 0 0 3 0 3.00
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network 0 0 3 0 3.00

Crestwood Equity Partners presently has a consensus price target of $27.00, indicating a potential upside of 5.06%. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has a consensus price target of $7.00, indicating a potential upside of 64.71%. Given Aegean Marine Petroleum Network’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Aegean Marine Petroleum Network is more favorable than Crestwood Equity Partners.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Crestwood Equity Partners and Aegean Marine Petroleum Network’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crestwood Equity Partners $2.52 billion 0.72 -$216.30 million ($2.82) -9.11
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network $4.08 billion 0.04 $51.87 million $0.38 11.18

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has higher revenue and earnings than Crestwood Equity Partners. Crestwood Equity Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Aegean Marine Petroleum Network, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Crestwood Equity Partners and Aegean Marine Petroleum Network’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crestwood Equity Partners -5.36% -3.34% -1.41%
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network 0.28% 4.26% 1.55%

Risk & Volatility

Crestwood Equity Partners has a beta of 2.73, meaning that its share price is 173% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has a beta of 2.08, meaning that its share price is 108% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network beats Crestwood Equity Partners on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Crestwood Equity Partners

Crestwood Equity Partners LP is a holding company and a master limited partnership (MLP). The Company develops, acquires, owns or controls, and operates assets and operations within the energy midstream sector. The Company’s segments include gathering and processing (G&P), which includes its natural gas, crude oil and produced water G&P operations; storage and transportation, which includes its natural gas and crude oil storage and transportation operations, and marketing, supply and logistics, which includes its natural gas liquid (NGL) supply and logistics business, crude oil storage and rail loading facilities and fleet, and salt production business. The Company provides infrastructure solutions to service natural gas and crude oil shale plays across the United States. It owns and operates a portfolio of crude oil and natural gas gathering, processing, storage and transportation assets. Its operating assets are owned by or through its subsidiary, Crestwood Midstream Partners LP.

About Aegean Marine Petroleum Network

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. is an international marine fuel logistics company. The Company markets and physically supplies refined marine fuel and lubricants to vessels in port, at sea and on rivers. As a physical supplier, the Company procures marine fuel from refineries, oil producers and other sources, and resells and delivers these fuels from its bunkering vessels to a range of end users. The Company owns and operates a fleet of approximately 50 bunkering vessels. The Company operates over 10 land-based storage facilities. The Company operates a vessel as a floating storage facility with a cargo carrying capacity of approximately 19,900 deadweight tonnage (dwt). The Company provides fueling services to various types of ocean-going and various types of coastal vessels, such as oil tankers, container ships, drybulk carriers, cruise ships, reefers, liquefied natural gas (LNG)/liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers, car carriers and ferries.

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