Dynagas LNG Partners (NYSE: DLNG) and Cheniere Energy (NYSE:LNG) are both transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and dividends.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Dynagas LNG Partners 37.68% 23.74% 6.28%
Cheniere Energy 14.20% N/A 2.77%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Dynagas LNG Partners and Cheniere Energy’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Dynagas LNG Partners $166.20 million 3.08 $128.29 million $1.58 9.11
Cheniere Energy $3.48 billion 2.84 $1.11 billion N/A N/A

Cheniere Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Dynagas LNG Partners.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Dynagas LNG Partners and Cheniere Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Dynagas LNG Partners 0 3 3 0 2.50
Cheniere Energy 0 1 5 0 2.83

Dynagas LNG Partners presently has a consensus price target of $16.25, suggesting a potential upside of 12.85%. Cheniere Energy has a consensus price target of $53.76, suggesting a potential upside of 26.45%. Given Cheniere Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Cheniere Energy is more favorable than Dynagas LNG Partners.

Dividends

Dynagas LNG Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.69 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.7%. Cheniere Energy does not pay a dividend. Dynagas LNG Partners pays out 107.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

21.7% of Dynagas LNG Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

About Dynagas LNG Partners

Dynagas LNG Partners LP is a limited partnership, which focuses on owning and operating liquid natural gas (LNG) carriers. The Company’s vessels are employed on multi-year time charters with international energy companies. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated a fleet of six LNG carriers, consisting of the three LNG carriers in its Initial Fleet, the Clean Energy, the Ob River and the Amur River, and three 2013-built Ice Class LNG carriers that the Company acquired from its Sponsor the Arctic Aurora, the Yenisei River, and the Lena River (collectively referred as its Fleet). The vessels in its Fleet have an average age of 6.6 years and are contracted under multi-year charters with Shell, Gazprom, Statoil and Yamal with an average remaining charter term, as of March 17, 2017, of approximately 10.6 years, including the charter agreements relating to the Yenisei River and the Lena River with Yamal. The Company’s Fleet is managed by its manager, Dynagas Ltd.

About Cheniere Energy

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.

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