Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM) and Enlink Midstream (NASDAQ:XTXI) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and profitability.


Exxon Mobil pays an annual dividend of $3.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.7%. Enlink Midstream does not pay a dividend. Exxon Mobil pays out 100.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Enlink Midstream has increased its dividend for 34 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Exxon Mobil and Enlink Midstream, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Exxon Mobil 5 12 8 1 2.19
Enlink Midstream 0 0 0 0 N/A

Exxon Mobil presently has a consensus target price of $86.29, indicating a potential upside of 3.92%. Given Exxon Mobil’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Exxon Mobil is more favorable than Enlink Midstream.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Exxon Mobil and Enlink Midstream’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Exxon Mobil $226.09 billion 1.56 $7.84 billion $3.07 27.05
Enlink Midstream N/A N/A N/A ($0.52) -72.31

Exxon Mobil has higher revenue and earnings than Enlink Midstream. Enlink Midstream is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Exxon Mobil, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares Exxon Mobil and Enlink Midstream’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Exxon Mobil 5.14% 8.21% 4.40%
Enlink Midstream N/A N/A N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

51.2% of Exxon Mobil shares are held by institutional investors. 0.1% of Exxon Mobil shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Exxon Mobil beats Enlink Midstream on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Exxon Mobil Company Profile

Exxon Mobil Corporation is engaged in energy business. The Company is engaged in the exploration, production, transportation and sale of crude oil and natural gas, and the manufacture, transportation and sale of petroleum products. The Company also manufactures and markets commodity petrochemicals, including olefins, aromatics, polyethylene and polypropylene plastics, and a range of specialty products. The Company’s segments include Upstream, Downstream, Chemical, and Corporate and Financing. The Upstream segment operates to explore for and produce crude oil and natural gas. The Downstream operates to manufacture and sell petroleum products. The Chemical segment operates to manufacture and sell petrochemicals. The Company has exploration and development activities in projects located in the United States, Canada/South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia/Oceania.

Enlink Midstream Company Profile

Enlink Midstream Partners, L.P. is engaged, through its subsidiaries, in the gathering, transmission, processing and marketing of natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs). The Company connects the wells of natural gas producers in the geographic areas of its gathering systems in order to gather for a fee or purchase the gas production, processes natural gas for the removal of NGLs, transports natural gas and NGLs and ultimately provides natural gas and NGLs to a variety of markets. In addition, it purchases natural gas and NGLs from producers not connected to its gathering systems for resale and markets natural gas and NGLs on behalf of producers for a fee. Its partnership interests consist of 19.7% limited partner interest in Crosstex Energy, L.P. (the Partnership), as of December 31, 2012, and 100% ownership interest in Crosstex Energy GP, LLC, the general partner of the Partnership, which owns a 2.0% general partner interest and all of the distribution rights in the Partnership.

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