Western Gas Partners, (WES) & The Competition Financial Analysis
Western Gas Partners, (NYSE: WES) is one of 38 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Western Gas Partners, to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, valuation and risk.
This is a summary of current ratings for Western Gas Partners, and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Western Gas Partners,||1||4||6||0||2.45|
|Western Gas Partners, Competitors||367||1728||2146||109||2.46|
Western Gas Partners, currently has a consensus price target of $61.40, suggesting a potential upside of 22.78%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 10.50%. Given Western Gas Partners,’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Western Gas Partners, is more favorable than its rivals.
Western Gas Partners, pays an annual dividend of $3.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.1%. Western Gas Partners, pays out 256.1% 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 5.1% and pay out 864.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Western Gas Partners, has increased its dividend for 9 consecutive years. Western Gas Partners, is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.
Volatility and Risk
Western Gas Partners, has a beta of 1.17, meaning that its stock price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Western Gas Partners,’s rivals have a beta of 1.30, meaning that their average stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Western Gas Partners, and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Western Gas Partners,||28.81%||15.80%||7.66%|
|Western Gas Partners, Competitors||-1.01%||2.13%||1.46%|
Insider & Institutional Ownership
59.4% of Western Gas Partners, shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.0% of Western Gas Partners, shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.7% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Western Gas Partners, and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||EBITDA||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Western Gas Partners,||$2.03 billion||$933.45 million||35.98|
|Western Gas Partners, Competitors||$45.68 billion||$4.44 billion||22.86|
Western Gas Partners,’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Western Gas Partners,. Western Gas Partners, is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.
Western Gas Partners, beats its rivals on 9 of the 15 factors compared.
About Western Gas Partners,
Western Gas Partners, LP is a master limited partnership (MLP) that acquires, owns, develops and operates midstream energy assets. The Company is engaged in the business of gathering, processing, compressing, treating and transporting natural gas, condensate, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and crude oil in the United States. The Company provides midstream services for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (Anadarko), as well as for third-party producers and customers. The Company’s operations and activities are managed by its general partner, which is indirectly controlled by Anadarko through Western Gas Equity Partners, LP (WGP). As of December 31, 2016, its assets and investments consisted of gathering systems, treating facilities, natural gas processing plants/trains, NGL pipelines, natural gas pipelines and oil pipelines. These assets and investments are located in the Rocky Mountains (Colorado, Utah and Wyoming), North-central Pennsylvania and Texas.
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