BP Midstream Partners (BPMP) and Buckeye Partners (BPL) Head to Head Survey

BP Midstream Partners (NYSE: BPMP) and Buckeye Partners (NYSE:BPL) are both mid-cap energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for BP Midstream Partners and Buckeye Partners, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BP Midstream Partners 0 5 2 0 2.29
Buckeye Partners 1 7 2 0 2.10

BP Midstream Partners currently has a consensus target price of $20.50, indicating a potential downside of 2.98%. Buckeye Partners has a consensus target price of $65.00, indicating a potential upside of 23.81%. Given Buckeye Partners’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Buckeye Partners is more favorable than BP Midstream Partners.

Profitability

This table compares BP Midstream Partners and Buckeye Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BP Midstream Partners N/A N/A N/A
Buckeye Partners 12.69% 9.72% 4.69%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

69.9% of Buckeye Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of Buckeye Partners shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Buckeye Partners pays an annual dividend of $5.05 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.6%. BP Midstream Partners does not pay a dividend. Buckeye Partners pays out 154.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Buckeye Partners has increased its dividend for 15 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares BP Midstream Partners and Buckeye Partners’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BP Midstream Partners N/A N/A N/A $0.42 50.31
Buckeye Partners $3.25 billion 2.37 $535.60 million $3.26 16.10

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

Summary

Buckeye Partners beats BP Midstream Partners on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

BP Midstream Partners Company Profile

BP Midstream Partners LP is a master limited partnership formed by BP Pipelines (North America) Inc. The Company owns, operates, develops and acquires pipelines and other midstream assets. It owns one onshore crude oil pipeline system, one onshore refined products pipeline system, one onshore diluent pipeline system, interests in four offshore crude oil pipeline systems and an interest in one offshore natural gas pipeline system. Its onshore crude oil, refined products and diluent pipelines include BP2 Pipeline, River Rouge Pipeline and Diamondback Pipeline. Its offshore crude oil and natural gas pipelines include Mars System, Caesar Pipeline, Cleopatra Pipeline, Proteus Pipeline and Endymion Pipeline.

Buckeye Partners Company Profile

Buckeye Partners, L.P. (Buckeye) owns and operates a network of integrated assets providing midstream logistic solutions, primarily consisting of the transportation, storage, processing and marketing of liquid petroleum products. Its segments include Domestic Pipelines & Terminals, Global Marine Terminals and Merchant Services. As of December 31, 2016, the Domestic Pipelines & Terminals segment owned and operated approximately 6,000 miles of pipeline located primarily in the northeastern and upper Midwestern portions of the United States, and serviced approximately 110 delivery locations. The Global Marine Terminals segment provides marine accessible bulk storage and blending services, rail and truck rack loading/unloading, along with petroleum processing services in the East Coast and Gulf Coast regions of the United States and in the Caribbean. The Merchant Services segment is a wholesale distributor of petroleum products in the continental United States and in the Caribbean.

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