EQT GP Holdings, (NYSE: EQGP) and Energy XXI Gulf Coast (NASDAQ:EXXI) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, profitabiliy, institutional ownership, earnings and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

10.9% of EQT GP Holdings, shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.5% of Energy XXI Gulf Coast shares are held by institutional investors. 0.1% of Energy XXI Gulf Coast shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares EQT GP Holdings, and Energy XXI Gulf Coast’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
EQT GP Holdings, $774.18 million 9.25 $620.07 million $0.89 30.24
Energy XXI Gulf Coast $635.08 million 0.99 $254.23 million N/A N/A

EQT GP Holdings, has higher revenue and earnings than Energy XXI Gulf Coast.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for EQT GP Holdings, and Energy XXI Gulf Coast, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
EQT GP Holdings, 0 3 4 0 2.57
Energy XXI Gulf Coast 0 0 0 0 N/A

EQT GP Holdings, currently has a consensus price target of $31.17, indicating a potential upside of 15.82%. Given EQT GP Holdings,’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe EQT GP Holdings, is more favorable than Energy XXI Gulf Coast.

Profitability

This table compares EQT GP Holdings, and Energy XXI Gulf Coast’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EQT GP Holdings, 30.65% 11.72% 7.66%
Energy XXI Gulf Coast N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

EQT GP Holdings, pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Energy XXI Gulf Coast does not pay a dividend. EQT GP Holdings, pays out 94.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

EQT GP Holdings, beats Energy XXI Gulf Coast on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About EQT GP Holdings,

EQT GP Holdings, LP (EQGP) is a limited partnership company and subsidiary of EQT Gathering Holdings, LLC (EQT Gathering Holdings). The Company was formed to own EQT Corporation’s (EQT’s) partnership interests in EQT Midstream Partners, LP (EQM), a limited partnership formed by EQT to own, operate, acquire and develop midstream assets in the Appalachian Basin. Its segments include Gathering, and Transmission. The Gathering segment primarily includes high pressure gathering lines and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)-regulated low pressure gathering system. The Transmission segment includes EQM’s FERC-regulated interstate pipeline and storage business. EQGP has no independent operations. It has partnership interests in EQM. As of December 31, 2016, EQM provided midstream services to EQT and various third parties across 24 counties in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio through its two primary assets: the gathering system, and the transmission and storage system.

About Energy XXI Gulf Coast

Energy XXI Gulf Coast, Inc. (EGC) is an independent oil and natural gas development and production company which was focused on development drilling on the Company’s core properties. The Company’s properties are located in the United States Gulf of Mexico waters and the Gulf Coast onshore. The Company operates nine oilfields on the Gulf of Mexico Shelf. As of December 31, 2016, total proved reserves were 121.9 million barrels of oil equivalents (MMBOE) of which 78% were crude oil. The Company operated in 616 gross producing wells on 439,294 net developed acres, including interests in 57 producing fields. The Company’s projects include Main Pass Complex, West Delta, Ship Shoal, Grand Isle and South Timbalier. The Main Pass complex is located in approximately 100 feet of water near the mouth of the mississippi river. It includes Main Pass 61 field and Main Pass 73 field along with the Main Pass 296 and 311.

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