Head-To-Head Review: Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. (SPH) versus Aegean Marine Petroleum Network (ANW)

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. (NYSE: SPH) and Aegean Marine Petroleum Network (NYSE:ANW) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and dividends.

Dividends

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.8%. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. pays out 533.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network pays out 11.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years. Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. and Aegean Marine Petroleum Network, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. 0 1 1 0 2.50
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network 0 0 3 0 3.00

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. currently has a consensus price target of $26.00, indicating a potential upside of 6.12%. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has a consensus price target of $7.33, indicating a potential upside of 118.91%. Given Aegean Marine Petroleum Network’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Aegean Marine Petroleum Network is more favorable than Suburban Propane Partners, L.P..

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. and Aegean Marine Petroleum Network’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. $1.05 billion 1.43 $14.44 million $0.45 54.44
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network $4.08 billion 0.03 $51.87 million $0.70 4.79

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has higher revenue and earnings than Suburban Propane Partners, L.P.. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Suburban Propane Partners, L.P., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. and Aegean Marine Petroleum Network’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. 2.46% 4.09% 1.25%
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network 0.56% 7.97% 2.95%

Risk and Volatility

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. has a beta of 0.68, indicating that its share price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has a beta of 2.17, indicating that its share price is 117% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

25.3% of Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.6% of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network beats Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Suburban Propane Partners, L.P.

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. is a marketer and distributor of a range of products. The Company specializes in the distribution of propane, fuel oil and refined fuels, as well as the marketing of natural gas and electricity in deregulated markets. The Company’s segments include Propane, Fuel Oil and Refined Fuels, Natural Gas and Electricity, and All Other. In support of its marketing and distribution operations, the Company installs and services a range of home comfort equipment, particularly in the areas of heating and ventilation. The Company conducts its business through Suburban Propane, L.P., which operates its propane business and assets (the Operating Partnership), and its direct and indirect subsidiaries. As of September 24, 2016, it had sold approximately 414.8 million gallons of propane and 30.9 million gallons of fuel oil and refined fuels to retail customers. The Company owns and operates a propane storage facility in Elk Grove, California.

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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