Comparing Crestwood Equity Partners (CEQP) and Its Competitors

Crestwood Equity Partners (NYSE: CEQP) is one of 38 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Crestwood Equity Partners to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

65.5% of Crestwood Equity Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.1% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are owned by institutional investors. 36.2% of Crestwood Equity Partners shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.7% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Crestwood Equity Partners and its rivals’ 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%
Crestwood Equity Partners Competitors -1.24% 3.64% 1.77%

Volatility & Risk

Crestwood Equity Partners has a beta of 2.73, suggesting that its share price is 173% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Crestwood Equity Partners’ rivals have a beta of 1.31, suggesting that their average share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Crestwood Equity Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.5%. Crestwood Equity Partners pays out -85.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.4% and pay out 376.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Crestwood Equity Partners is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Crestwood Equity Partners and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crestwood Equity Partners 0 0 4 0 3.00
Crestwood Equity Partners Competitors 389 1889 2510 117 2.48

Crestwood Equity Partners presently has a consensus target price of $27.75, indicating a potential upside of 9.90%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 10.87%. Given Crestwood Equity Partners’ rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Crestwood Equity Partners has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Crestwood Equity Partners and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Crestwood Equity Partners $2.52 billion -$216.30 million -8.95
Crestwood Equity Partners Competitors $40.29 billion $686.61 million 232.86

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

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.

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