Western Gas Equity Partners, (NYSE: WGP) is one of 43 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Western Gas Equity Partners, to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Western Gas Equity Partners, and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Western Gas Equity Partners, 0 3 7 0 2.70
Western Gas Equity Partners, Competitors 373 1798 2203 111 2.46

Western Gas Equity Partners, currently has a consensus price target of $49.90, indicating a potential upside of 31.11%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 5.58%. Given Western Gas Equity Partners,’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Western Gas Equity Partners, is more favorable than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

17.9% of Western Gas Equity Partners, shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.3% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are owned by institutional investors. 11.7% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Western Gas Equity Partners, has a beta of 1.55, suggesting that its share price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Western Gas Equity Partners,’s peers have a beta of 1.33, suggesting that their average share price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Western Gas Equity Partners, and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Western Gas Equity Partners, $1.80 billion $345.77 million 23.07
Western Gas Equity Partners, Competitors $40.28 billion $687.43 million 126.53

Western Gas Equity Partners,’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Western Gas Equity Partners,. Western Gas Equity Partners, is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Western Gas Equity Partners, and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Western Gas Equity Partners, 16.96% 8.99% 4.69%
Western Gas Equity Partners, Competitors -1.54% 2.04% 1.35%

Dividends

Western Gas Equity Partners, pays an annual dividend of $2.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.6%. Western Gas Equity Partners, pays out 130.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.0% and pay out 411.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Western Gas Equity Partners, has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years. Western Gas Equity Partners, is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Summary

Western Gas Equity Partners, beats its peers on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Western Gas Equity Partners,

Western Gas Equity Partners, LP is a limited partnership. The Company is formed to own approximately three types of partnership interests in Western Gas Partners, LP (WES). WES is an master limited partnership (MLP) engaged in the business of gathering, compressing, treating, processing and transporting natural gas, and gathering, stabilizing and transporting condensate, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and crude oil. WES provides these midstream services for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (Anadarko), as well as for third-party producers and customers. Its assets and investments are located in the Rocky Mountains (Colorado, Utah and Wyoming), North-central Pennsylvania and Texas. The Bison treating facility treats and compresses gas from coal-bed methane wells in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming. MIGC, LLC receives gas from various coal-bed methane gathering systems in the Powder River Basin and the Hilight system, as well as from WBI Energy Transmission, Inc.

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