Sunoco Logistics Partners (NYSE: ETP) is one of 53 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Sunoco Logistics Partners to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, risk, earnings, institutional ownership and valuation.

Dividends

Sunoco Logistics Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.9%. 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. As a group, “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 6.4% and pay out 172.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Sunoco Logistics Partners has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Sunoco Logistics Partners and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sunoco Logistics Partners 0 2 12 0 2.86
Sunoco Logistics Partners Competitors 269 1722 2319 82 2.50

Sunoco Logistics Partners presently has a consensus price target of $28.46, indicating a potential upside of 53.68%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies have a potential upside of 16.25%. Given Sunoco Logistics Partners’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Sunoco Logistics Partners is more favorable than its rivals.

Volatility & Risk

Sunoco Logistics Partners has a beta of 0.97, meaning that its share price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sunoco Logistics Partners’ rivals have a beta of 1.39, meaning that their average share price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

58.5% of Sunoco Logistics Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of Sunoco Logistics Partners shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Sunoco Logistics Partners and its rivals’ 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%
Sunoco Logistics Partners Competitors 16.87% 14.36% 5.47%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Sunoco Logistics Partners and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Sunoco Logistics Partners $25.53 billion $4.81 billion 37.04
Sunoco Logistics Partners Competitors $5.66 billion $1.31 billion 38.21

Sunoco Logistics Partners has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Sunoco Logistics 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.

Summary

Sunoco Logistics Partners rivals beat Sunoco Logistics Partners on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

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.

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