Western Refining Logistics (NYSE: WNRL) is one of 50 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Western Refining Logistics to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership and dividends.

Dividends

Western Refining Logistics pays an annual dividend of $1.87 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.8%. 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. As a group, “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 6.8% and pay out 161.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Western Refining Logistics has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Volatility & Risk

Western Refining Logistics has a beta of 0.79, indicating that its share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Western Refining Logistics’ peers have a beta of 1.37, indicating that their average share price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Western Refining Logistics and its peers’ 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%
Western Refining Logistics Competitors 18.59% 88.24% 5.95%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Western Refining Logistics and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Western Refining Logistics 0 1 0 0 2.00
Western Refining Logistics Competitors 306 1835 2416 86 2.49

As a group, “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies have a potential upside of 25.21%. Given Western Refining Logistics’ peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Western Refining Logistics has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

40.1% of Western Refining Logistics shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.6% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 9.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Western Refining Logistics and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Western Refining Logistics N/A N/A 22.29
Western Refining Logistics Competitors $4.88 billion $288.25 million 22.33

Western Refining Logistics’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Western Refining Logistics. Western Refining Logistics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Western Refining Logistics peers beat Western Refining Logistics on 11 of the 13 factors compared.

Western Refining Logistics Company Profile

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.

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