Valero Energy Partners (NYSE: VLP) is one of 54 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Valero Energy Partners to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

30.0% of Valero Energy Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.3% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 9.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Valero Energy Partners and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Valero Energy Partners 54.43% 211.91% 22.71%
Valero Energy Partners Competitors 18.68% 14.73% 6.58%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Valero Energy Partners and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Valero Energy Partners 0 2 6 0 2.75
Valero Energy Partners Competitors 294 1787 2386 86 2.50

Valero Energy Partners presently has a consensus price target of $53.14, suggesting a potential upside of 26.29%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies have a potential upside of 25.15%. Given Valero Energy Partners’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Valero Energy Partners is more favorable than its competitors.

Dividends

Valero Energy Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.6%. Valero Energy Partners pays out 67.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 6.7% and pay out 150.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Valero Energy Partners has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Risk & Volatility

Valero Energy Partners has a beta of 0.72, suggesting that its stock price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Valero Energy Partners’ competitors have a beta of 1.42, suggesting that their average stock price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Valero Energy Partners and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Valero Energy Partners $362.62 million $188.83 million 14.87
Valero Energy Partners Competitors $4.88 billion $288.25 million 50.16

Valero Energy Partners’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Valero Energy Partners. Valero Energy Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Valero Energy Partners competitors beat Valero Energy Partners on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Valero Energy Partners Company Profile

Valero Energy Partners LP owns, operates, develops and acquires crude oil and refined petroleum products pipelines, terminals, and other transportation and logistics assets. The Company’s assets include crude oil and refined petroleum products pipelines, terminals, and other logistics assets in the United States Gulf Coast and the United States Mid-Continent regions that are integral to the operations of the ten of Valero Energy Corporation (Valero) refineries. It provides assets and services, such as Port Arthur logistics system, McKee logistics system, Memphis logistics system, Three Rivers logistics system, Ardmore logistics system, Houston logistics system, St. Charles logistics system, Corpus Christi logistics system and Meraux logistics system. Port Arthur logistics system includes its Lucas crude system and its Port Arthur products system. McKee logistics system is a crude oil and refined petroleum products pipeline and terminal system supporting Valero’s McKee Refinery.

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