Western Refining Logistics (WNRL) and Crestwood Midstream Partners (NYSE:CMLP) Head to Head Survey

Western Refining Logistics (NYSE: WNRL) and Crestwood Midstream Partners (NYSE:CMLP) are both small-cap energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.


This table compares Western Refining Logistics and Crestwood Midstream Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Western Refining Logistics 3.05% 78.84% 12.72%
Crestwood Midstream Partners -3.12% -6.04% -2.56%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

40.1% of Western Refining Logistics shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Western Refining Logistics and Crestwood Midstream Partners’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Western Refining Logistics N/A N/A N/A $1.07 22.29
Crestwood Midstream Partners N/A N/A N/A ($0.76) -8.13

Crestwood Midstream Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Western Refining Logistics, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Western Refining Logistics and Crestwood Midstream Partners, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Western Refining Logistics 0 0 0 0 N/A
Crestwood Midstream Partners 0 0 0 0 N/A


Western Refining Logistics pays an annual dividend of $1.87 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.8%. Crestwood Midstream Partners does not pay a dividend. Western Refining Logistics pays out 174.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Crestwood Midstream Partners has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.


Western Refining Logistics beats Crestwood Midstream Partners on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Western Refining Logistics

Western Refining Logistics, LP owns, operates, develops, and acquires logistics and related assets and businesses to include terminals, storage tanks, pipelines and other logistics assets related to the terminaling, transportation, storage and distribution of crude oil and refined products. The Company’s segments include logistics and wholesale. The Company operates its logistics business and wholesale business under commercial and service agreements with Western Refining, Inc. (Western). Its logistics assets consist of pipeline and gathering infrastructure and terminalling, transportation and storage assets in the Southwest and the Upper Great Plains region. Its wholesale business purchases its petroleum fuels from Western, and its lubricants and additional petroleum fuels from third-party suppliers.

About Crestwood Midstream Partners

Crestwood Midstream Partners LP (Crestwood) develops, acquires, owns and operates primarily fee-based assets and operations within the energy midstream sector. The Company has three reporting segments: gathering and processing (G&P), providing natural gas gathering, processing, treating and compression services to producers in multiple unconventional shale plays; storage and transportation, which owns and operates natural gas storage facilities, and NGL and crude services, including crude oil rail terminals, the Arrow gathering system, its fleet of over-the-road crude oil and produced water transportation assets, an NGL storage facility, and US Salt, LLC. It provides infrastructure solutions across the value chain to service liquids-rich 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 that connect fundamental energy supply with energy demand across North America.

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