Sunoco Logistics Partners (NYSE: ETP) and ONEOK (NYSE:OKE) are both large-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and risk.

Volatility and Risk

Sunoco Logistics Partners has a beta of 0.97, indicating that its share price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ONEOK has a beta of 1.3, indicating that its share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Sunoco Logistics Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.9%. ONEOK pays an annual dividend of $2.98 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.3%. Sunoco Logistics Partners pays out 440.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. ONEOK pays out 186.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Sunoco Logistics Partners has raised its dividend for 14 consecutive years and ONEOK has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years. Sunoco Logistics Partners is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Sunoco Logistics Partners and ONEOK’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sunoco Logistics Partners $25.53 billion 0.80 $4.81 billion $0.50 37.08
ONEOK $10.49 billion 2.04 $1.68 billion $1.60 35.12

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Sunoco Logistics Partners and ONEOK, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sunoco Logistics Partners 0 2 12 0 2.86
ONEOK 0 8 5 0 2.38

Sunoco Logistics Partners presently has a consensus price target of $27.67, suggesting a potential upside of 49.23%. ONEOK has a consensus price target of $57.00, suggesting a potential upside of 1.44%. Given Sunoco Logistics Partners’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Sunoco Logistics Partners is more favorable than ONEOK.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

58.5% of Sunoco Logistics Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.3% of ONEOK shares are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of Sunoco Logistics Partners shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of ONEOK shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Sunoco Logistics Partners and ONEOK’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sunoco Logistics Partners 3.57% 4.67% 2.04%
ONEOK 3.26% 8.62% 2.11%

Summary

Sunoco Logistics Partners beats ONEOK on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Sunoco Logistics Partners

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., formerly Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P., owns and operates a logistics business. The Company is engaged in the transport, terminaling and storage of crude oil, refined products and natural gas liquids (NGLs). The Company’s segments include Crude Oil, Natural Gas Liquids and Refined Products. In addition to logistics services, it also owns acquisition and marketing assets. The Crude Oil segment provides transportation, terminaling and acquisition and marketing services to crude oil markets throughout the southwest, midwest and northeastern United States. The Natural Gas Liquids segment transports, stores, and executes acquisition and marketing activities utilizing a network of pipelines, storage and blending facilities, and strategic off-take locations that provide access to multiple NGL markets. The Refined Products segment provides transportation and terminaling services, using refined products pipelines and refined products marketing terminals.

About ONEOK

ONEOK, Inc. is an energy midstream service provider in the United States. The Company owns and operates natural gas liquids (NGL) systems, and is engaged in the gathering, processing, storage and transportation of natural gas. THe Company’s operations include a 38,000-mile integrated network of NGL and natural gas pipelines, processing plants, fractionators and storage facilities in the Mid-Continent, Williston, Permian and Rocky Mountain regions. The Company operates through three business segments. The Natural Gas Gathering and Processing segment provides midstream services to contracted producers in North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Kansas and Oklahoma. The Natural Gas Liquids segment owns and operates facilities that gather, fractionate, treat and distribute NGLs and store NGL products primarily in the Mid-Continental, Permian Basin and the Rocky Mountain regions. The Natural Gas Pipelines segment provides transportation and storage services to end users.

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