NGL ENERGY PARTNERS (NYSE: NGL) and Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ:CLNE) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Risk and Volatility

NGL ENERGY PARTNERS has a beta of 0.64, meaning that its stock price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has a beta of 1.91, meaning that its stock price is 91% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares NGL ENERGY PARTNERS and Clean Energy Fuels Corp.’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NGL ENERGY PARTNERS $14.08 billion 0.11 $282.16 million ($1.25) -9.84
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. $369.36 million 1.02 $18.21 million $0.15 16.60

NGL ENERGY PARTNERS has higher revenue and earnings than Clean Energy Fuels Corp.. NGL ENERGY PARTNERS is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Clean Energy Fuels Corp., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

NGL ENERGY PARTNERS pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.7%. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. does not pay a dividend. NGL ENERGY PARTNERS pays out -124.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

70.2% of NGL ENERGY PARTNERS shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 34.4% of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. 26.7% of Clean Energy Fuels Corp. shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares NGL ENERGY PARTNERS and Clean Energy Fuels Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NGL ENERGY PARTNERS -0.73% -5.00% -1.62%
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. 7.24% 5.14% 2.98%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for NGL ENERGY PARTNERS and Clean Energy Fuels Corp., as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NGL ENERGY PARTNERS 0 2 3 0 2.60
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. 0 0 0 0 N/A

NGL ENERGY PARTNERS currently has a consensus target price of $17.80, suggesting a potential upside of 44.72%. Given NGL ENERGY PARTNERS’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe NGL ENERGY PARTNERS is more favorable than Clean Energy Fuels Corp..

NGL ENERGY PARTNERS Company Profile

NGL Energy Partners LP owns and operates a vertically integrated energy business. The Company’s segments are crude oil logistics, water solutions, liquids, retail propane, refined products and renewables, and corporate and other. Its crude oil logistics segment includes owned and leased crude oil storage terminals, and owned and leased pipeline injection stations. Its water solutions segment provides services for the treatment and disposal of wastewater generated from crude oil and natural gas production, and for the disposal of solids, such as tank bottoms and drilling fluids. Its liquids segment supplies natural gas liquids to retailers, wholesalers, refiners and petrochemical plants throughout the United States and in Canada. Its retail propane segment consists of the retail marketing, and sale and distribution of propane and distillates, among others. The Company’s refined products and renewables segment is engaged in gasoline, diesel, ethanol and biodiesel marketing operations.

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. Company Profile

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (Clean Energy) is a provider of natural gas as an alternative fuel for vehicle fleets in the United States and Canada. The Company is engaged in supplying compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and renewable natural gas (RNG) for light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles, and providing operation and maintenance (O&M) services for natural gas fueling stations. The Company designs, builds, operates and maintains fueling stations; manufactures, sells and services non-lubricated natural gas fueling compressors and other equipment used in CNG stations and LNG stations; offers assessment, design and modification solutions to provide operators with code-compliant service and maintenance facilities for natural gas vehicle fleets, and transports and sells CNG and LNG to industrial and institutional energy users having no direct access to natural gas pipelines, among others.

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