ONEOK (NYSE: OKE) is one of 54 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare ONEOK to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares ONEOK and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ONEOK 3.76% 9.25% 2.53%
ONEOK Competitors 18.83% 331.32% 6.55%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

52.5% of ONEOK shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of ONEOK shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 9.3% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

ONEOK pays an annual dividend of $2.98 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.6%. ONEOK pays out 186.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 6.6% and pay out 149.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. ONEOK has raised its dividend for 14 consecutive years. ONEOK lags its peers as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Volatility and Risk

ONEOK has a beta of 1.29, indicating that its stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ONEOK’s peers have a beta of 1.43, indicating that their average stock price is 43% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for ONEOK and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ONEOK 0 8 5 0 2.38
ONEOK Competitors 294 1794 2389 86 2.50

ONEOK currently has a consensus price target of $58.42, indicating a potential upside of 10.64%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies have a potential upside of 23.53%. Given ONEOK’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe ONEOK has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares ONEOK and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
ONEOK $8.92 billion $352.03 million 33.00
ONEOK Competitors $4.88 billion $288.25 million 48.77

ONEOK has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. ONEOK 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.

Summary

ONEOK peers beat ONEOK on 13 of the 15 factors compared.

About ONEOK

ONEOK, Inc. is an energy midstream service provider in the United States. The Company owns and operates natural gas liquids (NGL) systems, and is engaged in the gathering, processing, storage and transportation of natural gas. THe Company’s operations include a 38,000-mile integrated network of NGL and natural gas pipelines, processing plants, fractionators and storage facilities in the Mid-Continent, Williston, Permian and Rocky Mountain regions. The Company operates through three business segments. The Natural Gas Gathering and Processing segment provides midstream services to contracted producers in North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Kansas and Oklahoma. The Natural Gas Liquids segment owns and operates facilities that gather, fractionate, treat and distribute NGLs and store NGL products primarily in the Mid-Continental, Permian Basin and the Rocky Mountain regions. The Natural Gas Pipelines segment provides transportation and storage services to end users.

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