Enable Midstream Partners (NYSE: ENBL) and Blueknight Energy Partners (NASDAQ:BKEP) are both energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership and risk.
Enable Midstream Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.27 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.8%. Blueknight Energy Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.58 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.3%. Enable Midstream Partners pays out 153.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Blueknight Energy Partners pays out -322.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Blueknight Energy Partners is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
18.3% of Enable Midstream Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.8% of Blueknight Energy Partners shares are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of Blueknight Energy Partners shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Enable Midstream Partners and Blueknight Energy Partners’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Enable Midstream Partners||$2.27 billion||2.76||$312.00 million||$0.83||17.45|
|Blueknight Energy Partners||$177.39 million||1.11||-$4.84 million||($0.18)||-28.61|
Enable Midstream Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Blueknight Energy Partners. Blueknight Energy Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Enable Midstream Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Volatility & Risk
Enable Midstream Partners has a beta of 1.88, meaning that its stock price is 88% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Blueknight Energy Partners has a beta of 0.7, meaning that its stock price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Enable Midstream Partners and Blueknight Energy Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Enable Midstream Partners||14.82%||5.24%||3.46%|
|Blueknight Energy Partners||11.78%||-10.32%||6.85%|
This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Enable Midstream Partners and Blueknight Energy Partners, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Enable Midstream Partners||0||5||3||0||2.38|
|Blueknight Energy Partners||0||1||1||0||2.50|
Enable Midstream Partners presently has a consensus price target of $18.31, suggesting a potential upside of 26.47%. Blueknight Energy Partners has a consensus price target of $7.00, suggesting a potential upside of 35.92%. Given Blueknight Energy Partners’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Blueknight Energy Partners is more favorable than Enable Midstream Partners.
Enable Midstream Partners beats Blueknight Energy Partners on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
Enable Midstream Partners Company Profile
Enable Midstream Partners LP owns, operates and develops midstream energy infrastructure assets strategically located to serve its customers. The Company operates in two business segments: Gathering and Processing, and Transportation and Storage. Its gathering and processing segment primarily provides natural gas and crude oil gathering and natural gas processing services to its producer customers. Its transportation and storage segment provides interstate and intrastate natural gas pipeline transportation and storage services primarily to its producer, power plant, Local distribution company (LDC) and industrial end user customers. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated natural gas and crude oil gathering and natural gas processing assets in five states. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated interstate and intrastate transportation and storage systems across nine states.
Blueknight Energy Partners Company Profile
Blueknight Energy Partners, L.P. is a master limited partnership company. The Company manages its operations through four segments: asphalt terminaling services, crude oil terminaling and storage services, crude oil pipeline services, and crude oil trucking and producer field services. Asphalt terminaling services segment operations generally consist of fee based activities associated with providing storage, terminaling and throughput services for asphalt product and residual fuel oil. Crude oil terminaling and storage segment operations generally consist of fee based activities associated with providing storage, terminaling, and throughput services for crude oil. Crude oil pipeline services segment operations generally consist of fee-based activity associated with transporting crude oil products on pipelines. Crude oil trucking and producer field services segment operations generally consist of fee-based activity associated with transporting crude oil products on trucks.
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