Head to Head Contrast: Crestwood Equity Partners (CEQP) & Soupman (SOUPQ)

Soupman (OTCMKTS:SOUPQ) and Crestwood Equity Partners (NYSE:CEQP) are both consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, earnings and institutional ownership.

Volatility & Risk

Soupman has a beta of -3.39, suggesting that its stock price is 439% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Crestwood Equity Partners has a beta of 2.46, suggesting that its stock price is 146% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Soupman and Crestwood Equity Partners, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Soupman 0 0 0 0 N/A
Crestwood Equity Partners 0 4 5 0 2.56

Crestwood Equity Partners has a consensus price target of $37.50, indicating a potential upside of 12.85%. Given Crestwood Equity Partners’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Crestwood Equity Partners is more favorable than Soupman.

Dividends

Crestwood Equity Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.2%. Soupman does not pay a dividend. Crestwood Equity Partners pays out -206.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Soupman and Crestwood Equity Partners’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Soupman $2.65 million 0.17 -$6.29 million N/A N/A
Crestwood Equity Partners $3.88 billion 0.61 -$191.90 million ($1.16) -28.65

Soupman has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Crestwood Equity Partners.

Profitability

This table compares Soupman and Crestwood Equity Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Soupman N/A N/A N/A
Crestwood Equity Partners -3.53% 0.59% 0.21%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

69.1% of Crestwood Equity Partners shares are held by institutional investors. 12.1% of Soupman shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 36.2% of Crestwood Equity Partners shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Crestwood Equity Partners beats Soupman on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Soupman

Soupman, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells soups in the United States. It markets and sells its products to grocery chains, school systems, and franchisees under The Original Soupman brand name. The company also franchises Original Soupman restaurants and mobile unit; and other high-traffic locations, such as casinos, airports, theme parks, and other tourist locations. It has 9 franchise locations, including co-branded locations. The company was formerly known as Passport Arts, Inc. and changed its name to Soupman, Inc. in January 2011. Soupman, Inc. was founded in 1984 and is based in Staten Island, New York.

About Crestwood Equity Partners

Crestwood Equity Partners LP provides infrastructure solutions to liquids-rich natural gas and crude oil shale plays in the United States. It operates through three segments: Gathering and Processing (G&P); Storage and Transportation (S&T); and Marketing, Supply and Logistics (MS&L). The G&P segment offers gathering and transportation services for natural gas, crude oil, and produced water; and processing, treating, and compression services. The S&T segment provides crude oil and natural gas storage and transportation services to producers, utilities, and other customers. The MS&L segment offers natural gas liquid (NGL) and crude oil storage, as well as marketing and transportation services to producers, refiners, marketers, and other customers. The company owns and operates natural gas facilities with approximately 2.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas/day (Bcf/d) of gathering capacity and 0.5 Bcf/d of processing capacity; NGL facilities with approximately 20,000 Bbls/d of fractionation capacity and 3.1 million barrels of storage capacity, as well as a portfolio of transportation assets with a capacity of transporting approximately 195,000 Bbls/d of NGLs; and crude oil facilities with approximately 125,000 Bbls/d of gathering capacity, 1.5 million barrels of storage capacity, 20,000 Bbls/d of transportation capacity, and 160,000 Bbls/d of rail loading capacity. It also has ownership interests in natural gas facilities with approximately 0.3 Bcf/d of gathering capacity, 0.2 Bcf/d of processing capacity, 75.8 Bcf of certificated working storage capacity, and 1.5 Bcf/d of transportation capacity; and crude oil facilities with approximately 380,000 Bbls of working storage capacity. Crestwood Equity GP LLC serves as the general partner of Crestwood Equity Partners LP. The company was formerly known as Inergy L.P. and changed its name to Crestwood Equity Partners LP in October 2013. Crestwood Equity Partners LP was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

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