Dominion Midstream Partners, (NYSE: DM) and Hess Midstream Partners (NYSE:HESM) are both energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Dominion Midstream Partners, and Hess Midstream Partners, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Dominion Midstream Partners, 1 4 4 0 2.33
Hess Midstream Partners 0 0 5 0 3.00

Dominion Midstream Partners, currently has a consensus target price of $34.50, indicating a potential upside of 11.11%. Hess Midstream Partners has a consensus target price of $28.80, indicating a potential upside of 50.39%. Given Hess Midstream Partners’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Hess Midstream Partners is more favorable than Dominion Midstream Partners,.

Profitability

This table compares Dominion Midstream Partners, and Hess Midstream Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Dominion Midstream Partners, 22.61% 2.14% 1.60%
Hess Midstream Partners 28.19% 6.64% 6.15%

Dividends

Dominion Midstream Partners, pays an annual dividend of $1.21 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Hess Midstream Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.5%. Dominion Midstream Partners, pays out 90.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

48.8% of Dominion Midstream Partners, shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.3% of Hess Midstream Partners shares are held by institutional investors. 11.2% of Dominion Midstream Partners, shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Dominion Midstream Partners, and Hess Midstream Partners’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Dominion Midstream Partners, $441.30 million 4.75 $106.40 million $1.34 23.17
Hess Midstream Partners $509.80 million 1.02 $206.30 million N/A N/A

Hess Midstream Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Dominion Midstream Partners,.

Summary

Hess Midstream Partners beats Dominion Midstream Partners, on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Dominion Midstream Partners,

Dominion Energy Midstream Partners, LP, formerly Dominion Midstream Partners, LP, is a limited partnership. The Company is formed to grow a portfolio of natural gas terminaling, processing, storage, transportation and related assets. The Company’s segments include Dominion Energy, which consists of gas transportation, liquefied natural gas (LNG) import and storage, and Corporate and Other. The Company owns the preferred equity interests and the general partner interest of Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP (Cove Point). Cove Point’s operations consist of LNG import and storage services at the Cove Point LNG Facility and the transportation of domestic natural gas and regasified LNG to Mid-Atlantic markets through the Cove Point Pipeline. The Cove Point LNG Facility includes an offshore pier, regasification facilities and associated equipment required to receive imported LNG from tankers; store LNG in storage tanks; regasify LNG, and deliver regasified LNG to the Cove Point Pipeline.

About Hess Midstream Partners

Hess Midstream Partners LP is a fee-based, traditional master limited partnership formed to own, operate, develop and acquire a set of midstream assets to provide services to Hess and third-party crude oil and natural gas producers. The Company’s assets are primarily located in the Bakken and Three Forks shale plays in the Williston Basin area of North Dakota (collectively referred as the Bakken). It operates its business through three segments: gathering; processing and storage; and terminaling and export. The Company’s gathering business consisted of its 20% controlling economic interest in Gathering Opco, which owns North Dakota natural gas, natural gas liquids and crude oil gathering systems. The Company’s processing and storage business consisted of its 20% controlling economic interest in the Tioga Gas Plant and its 100% interest in the Mentor Storage Terminal. The Company’s terminaling and export business consisted of its 20% controlling economic interest in Logistics Opco.

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