Cheniere Energy (NYSE: LNG) and Golar LNG Limited (NASDAQ:GLNG) are both mid-cap energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Cheniere Energy and Golar LNG Limited, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cheniere Energy 0 1 5 0 2.83
Golar LNG Limited 0 2 9 0 2.82

Cheniere Energy presently has a consensus target price of $53.76, indicating a potential upside of 27.32%. Golar LNG Limited has a consensus target price of $34.67, indicating a potential upside of 66.35%. Given Golar LNG Limited’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Golar LNG Limited is more favorable than Cheniere Energy.

Profitability

This table compares Cheniere Energy and Golar LNG Limited’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cheniere Energy 1.69% N/A 0.32%
Golar LNG Limited -179.35% -7.78% -3.28%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

87.5% of Golar LNG Limited shares are held by institutional investors. 0.0% of Golar LNG Limited shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cheniere Energy and Golar LNG Limited’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cheniere Energy $3.48 billion 2.82 $1.11 billion N/A N/A
Golar LNG Limited $88.81 million 23.00 -$60.92 million N/A N/A

Cheniere Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Golar LNG Limited.

Dividends

Golar LNG Limited pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Cheniere Energy does not pay a dividend.

Cheniere Energy Company Profile

Cheniere Energy, Inc. (Cheniere) is an energy company primarily engaged in liquefied natural gas (LNG)-related businesses. The Company operates through two segments: LNG terminal business, and LNG and natural gas marketing business. Its LNG terminal segment consists of the Sabine Pass and Corpus Christi LNG terminals. Its LNG and natural gas marketing segment consists of LNG and natural gas marketing activities by Cheniere Marketing. Cheniere Marketing is developing a portfolio of long- and medium-term SPAs with professional staff based in the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Chile. The Company conducts its business through its subsidiaries, including the development, construction and operation of its LNG terminal business and the development and operation of its LNG and natural gas marketing business. The Company owns and operates the Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Louisiana through its ownership interest in and management agreements with Cheniere Partners.

Golar LNG Limited Company Profile

Golar LNG Limited is a midstream liquefied natural gas (LNG) company engaged primarily in the transportation, regasification, liquefaction and trading of LNG. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, ownership, operation and chartering of LNG carriers and Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRUs) through its subsidiaries and affiliates, and the development of LNG projects, such as floating LNGs (FLNGs). The Company’s segments include Vessel operations, LNG trading and FLNG. Under the Vessel operations segment, the Company operates and charters out LNG carriers and FSRUs on fixed terms to customers. Through the LNG trading segment, the Company provides physical and financial risk management in LNG and gas markets for customers around the world. The FLNG segment includes the costs associated with the conversion of its LNG carrier, the Hilli, to a FLNG. The Company, along with its affiliate, Golar LNG Partners LP, has a combined fleet of approximately 30 vessels.

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