NuStar GP (NYSE: NSH) and Enbridge Energy Management (NYSE:EEQ) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

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This table compares NuStar GP and Enbridge Energy Management’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NuStar GP 168.31% 23.82% 20.53%
Enbridge Energy Management N/A -3,411.76% -3,411.76%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for NuStar GP and Enbridge Energy Management, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NuStar GP 0 7 0 0 2.00
Enbridge Energy Management 1 2 0 0 1.67

NuStar GP presently has a consensus price target of $20.33, indicating a potential upside of 75.29%. Enbridge Energy Management has a consensus price target of $16.75, indicating a potential upside of 83.66%. Given Enbridge Energy Management’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Enbridge Energy Management is more favorable than NuStar GP.

Dividends

NuStar GP pays an annual dividend of $2.18 per share and has a dividend yield of 18.8%. Enbridge Energy Management does not pay a dividend. NuStar GP pays out 108.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Volatility and Risk

NuStar GP has a beta of 1.29, meaning that its stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Enbridge Energy Management has a beta of 1.23, meaning that its stock price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

53.5% of NuStar GP shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.0% of Enbridge Energy Management shares are held by institutional investors. 21.4% of NuStar GP shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.3% of Enbridge Energy Management shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares NuStar GP and Enbridge Energy Management’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NuStar GP $51.56 million 9.66 $86.77 million $2.01 5.77
Enbridge Energy Management N/A N/A -$29.00 million ($0.08) -119.76

NuStar GP has higher revenue and earnings than Enbridge Energy Management. Enbridge Energy Management is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than NuStar GP, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

NuStar GP beats Enbridge Energy Management on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About NuStar GP

NuStar GP Holdings, LLC holds interests in NuStar Energy L.P. (NuStar Energy). NuStar Energy is engaged in the transportation of petroleum products and anhydrous ammonia, the terminalling and storage of petroleum products and the marketing of petroleum products. NuStar Energy has terminal and storage facilities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, including St. Eustatius in the Caribbean, and the United Kingdom. The Company manages NuStar Energy through its ownership of NuStar GP, LLC and Riverwalk Holdings, LLC, which own Riverwalk Logistics L.P., the general partner of NuStar Energy.

About Enbridge Energy Management

Enbridge Energy Management, L.L.C. is a limited partner of Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. (the Partnership). The Company owns i-units, a special class of the Partnership’s limited partner interests. The Company manages the business of the Partnership. The Partnership owns and operates crude oil and liquid petroleum transportation and storage assets, and natural gas gathering, treating, processing, transportation and marketing assets in the United States.

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