Crestwood Equity Partners (NYSE: CEQP) is one of 36 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Crestwood Equity Partners to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, profitability and earnings.

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 5.3% and pay out 333.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Crestwood Equity Partners is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares Crestwood Equity Partners and its peers’ 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 -1.39% 3.27% 1.61%

Volatility and Risk

Crestwood Equity Partners has a beta of 2.73, indicating that its stock price is 173% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Crestwood Equity Partners’ peers have a beta of 1.35, indicating that their average stock price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Crestwood Equity Partners and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crestwood Equity Partners 0 0 3 0 3.00
Crestwood Equity Partners Competitors 393 1862 2495 118 2.48

Crestwood Equity Partners presently has a consensus price target of $27.00, indicating a potential upside of 7.36%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 8.59%. Given Crestwood Equity Partners’ peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Crestwood Equity Partners has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

65.5% of Crestwood Equity Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are held by institutional investors. 36.2% of Crestwood Equity Partners shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Crestwood Equity Partners $2.52 billion -$216.30 million -8.92
Crestwood Equity Partners Competitors $41.85 billion $712.27 million 234.42

Crestwood Equity Partners’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Crestwood Equity Partners. Crestwood Equity Partners 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.

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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