Alon USA Partners, (NYSE: ALDW) and Aegean Marine Petroleum Network (NYSE:ANW) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, valuation and earnings.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
5.3% of Alon USA Partners, shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.6% of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Alon USA Partners, and Aegean Marine Petroleum Network, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Alon USA Partners,||0||2||3||0||2.60|
|Aegean Marine Petroleum Network||0||0||3||0||3.00|
Alon USA Partners, presently has a consensus price target of $12.25, indicating a potential upside of 6.71%. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has a consensus price target of $7.67, indicating a potential upside of 59.72%. Given Aegean Marine Petroleum Network’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Aegean Marine Petroleum Network is more favorable than Alon USA Partners,.
Alon USA Partners, pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.2%. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Alon USA Partners, pays out 197.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network pays out 11.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.
Risk and Volatility
Alon USA Partners, has a beta of 1.05, indicating that its stock price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has a beta of 2.21, indicating that its stock price is 121% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Alon USA Partners, and Aegean Marine Petroleum Network’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Alon USA Partners,||$2.04 billion||0.35||$136.33 million||$0.71||16.17|
|Aegean Marine Petroleum Network||$5.30 billion||0.04||$106.56 million||$0.70||6.86|
Alon USA Partners, has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Aegean Marine Petroleum Network. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Alon USA Partners,, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares Alon USA Partners, and Aegean Marine Petroleum Network’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Alon USA Partners,||2.20%||40.06%||5.91%|
|Aegean Marine Petroleum Network||0.56%||7.97%||2.95%|
Alon USA Partners, beats Aegean Marine Petroleum Network on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Alon USA Partners,
Alon USA Partners, LP (Alon) is engaged principally in the business of operating a crude oil refinery in Big Spring, Texas. The Company had a crude oil throughput capacity of 73,000 barrels per day, which the Company referred to as its Big Spring refinery, as of December 31, 2016. The Company refines crude oil into finished products, which the Company markets primarily in Central and West Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona through its integrated wholesale distribution network to retail convenience stores and other third-party distributors. Its Big Spring refinery is located on 1,306 acres in the Permian Basin in West Texas. Major processes at its Big Spring refinery include fluid catalytic cracking, naphtha reforming, vacuum distillation, hydrotreating, aromatic extraction and alkylation. The Company is managed and operated by Alon USA Partners GP, LLC (General Partner), an indirect subsidiary of Alon USA Energy, Inc. (Alon Energy), which is its parent company.
About Aegean Marine Petroleum Network
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. is an international marine fuel logistics company. The Company markets and physically supplies refined marine fuel and lubricants to vessels in port, at sea and on rivers. As a physical supplier, the Company procures marine fuel from refineries, oil producers and other sources, and resells and delivers these fuels from its bunkering vessels to a range of end users. The Company owns and operates a fleet of approximately 50 bunkering vessels. The Company operates over 10 land-based storage facilities. The Company operates a vessel as a floating storage facility with a cargo carrying capacity of approximately 19,900 deadweight tonnage (dwt). The Company provides fueling services to various types of ocean-going and various types of coastal vessels, such as oil tankers, container ships, drybulk carriers, cruise ships, reefers, liquefied natural gas (LNG)/liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers, car carriers and ferries.
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