Crestwood Equity Partners (NYSE: CEQP) and Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ:CLNE) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitabiliy, risk, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Volatility and Risk

Crestwood Equity Partners has a beta of 2.65, indicating that its stock price is 165% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has a beta of 1.87, indicating that its stock price is 87% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Crestwood Equity Partners and Clean Energy Fuels Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Crestwood Equity Partners -4.68% -1.13% -0.49%
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. 7.24% 5.14% 2.98%

Dividends

Crestwood Equity Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.7%. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. does not pay a dividend. Crestwood Equity Partners pays out -107.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Crestwood Equity Partners and Clean Energy Fuels Corp., as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Crestwood Equity Partners 0 0 4 0 3.00
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. 0 0 2 0 3.00

Crestwood Equity Partners currently has a consensus target price of $28.00, indicating a potential upside of 13.13%. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has a consensus target price of $6.05, indicating a potential upside of 163.04%. Given Clean Energy Fuels Corp.’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is more favorable than Crestwood Equity Partners.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

64.0% of Crestwood Equity Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 33.4% of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. 36.2% of Crestwood Equity Partners shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 26.7% of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. shares are owned by 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 and Earnings

This table compares Crestwood Equity Partners and Clean Energy Fuels Corp.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Crestwood Equity Partners $3.06 billion 0.57 $311.30 million ($2.24) -11.05
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. $396.37 million 0.87 $32.15 million $0.15 15.33

Crestwood Equity Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Clean Energy Fuels Corp.. Crestwood Equity Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Clean Energy Fuels Corp., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Crestwood Equity Partners beats Clean Energy Fuels Corp. on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Crestwood Equity Partners Company Profile

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.

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. Company Profile

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (Clean Energy) is a provider of natural gas as an alternative fuel for vehicle fleets in the United States and Canada. The Company is engaged in supplying compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and renewable natural gas (RNG) for light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles, and providing operation and maintenance (O&M) services for natural gas fueling stations. The Company designs, builds, operates and maintains fueling stations; manufactures, sells and services non-lubricated natural gas fueling compressors and other equipment used in CNG stations and LNG stations; offers assessment, design and modification solutions to provide operators with code-compliant service and maintenance facilities for natural gas vehicle fleets, and transports and sells CNG and LNG to industrial and institutional energy users having no direct access to natural gas pipelines, among others.

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