Golar LNG Partners (NASDAQ: GMLP) is one of 15 public companies in the “LNG Transportation & Storage” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Golar LNG Partners to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Golar LNG Partners and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Golar LNG Partners 0 3 2 0 2.40
Golar LNG Partners Competitors 60 257 515 11 2.57

Golar LNG Partners presently has a consensus price target of $23.25, suggesting a potential upside of 6.07%. As a group, “LNG Transportation & Storage” companies have a potential upside of 12.64%. Given Golar LNG Partners’ peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Golar LNG Partners has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Golar LNG Partners and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Golar LNG Partners 43.94% 31.12% 8.86%
Golar LNG Partners Competitors 19.09% 2,816.08% 507.93%

Risk & Volatility

Golar LNG Partners has a beta of 0.92, indicating that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Golar LNG Partners’ peers have a beta of 1.28, indicating that their average stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Golar LNG Partners and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Golar LNG Partners $441.60 million $172.17 million 7.38
Golar LNG Partners Competitors $302.22 million $55.11 million 67.03

Golar LNG Partners has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Golar LNG 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.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

44.8% of Golar LNG Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.1% of shares of all “LNG Transportation & Storage” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.6% of shares of all “LNG Transportation & Storage” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Golar LNG Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.31 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.5%. Golar LNG Partners pays out 77.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “LNG Transportation & Storage” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.5% and pay out 91.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Golar LNG Partners is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Summary

Golar LNG Partners peers beat Golar LNG Partners on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Golar LNG Partners Company Profile

Golar LNG Partners LP owns and operates floating storage regasification units (FSRUs) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers under long-term time charters. The Company operates through the LNG market segment. The Company’s fleet consists of approximately six FSRUs and over four LNG carriers. The Company’s FSRU vessels include Golar Spirit, Golar Winter, Golar Freeze, NR Satu, Golar Igloo and Golar Eskimo. Its FSRU vessels have a total capacity of approximately 846,000 cubic meters. The Company’s LNG carriers include Golar Mazo, Methane Princess, Golar Grand and Golar Maria. Its LNG carriers have a total capacity of over 564,400 cubic meters.

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