Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM) and Suburban Propane Partners (NYSE:SPH) 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, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and earnings.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Exxon Mobil and Suburban Propane Partners’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Exxon Mobil||$226.09 billion||1.64||$7.84 billion||$3.07||28.48|
|Suburban Propane Partners||$1.19 billion||1.30||$37.99 million||$0.61||41.11|
Volatility & Risk
Exxon Mobil has a beta of 0.82, indicating that its stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Suburban Propane Partners has a beta of 0.64, indicating that its stock price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Exxon Mobil pays an annual dividend of $3.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.5%. Suburban Propane Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.6%. Exxon Mobil pays out 100.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Suburban Propane Partners pays out 393.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Exxon Mobil has increased its dividend for 35 consecutive years.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
51.1% of Exxon Mobil shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 25.8% of Suburban Propane Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.1% of Exxon Mobil shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.6% of Suburban Propane Partners shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Exxon Mobil and Suburban Propane Partners, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Suburban Propane Partners||0||1||1||0||2.50|
Exxon Mobil presently has a consensus target price of $86.55, indicating a potential downside of 1.01%. Suburban Propane Partners has a consensus target price of $26.00, indicating a potential upside of 3.67%. Given Suburban Propane Partners’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Suburban Propane Partners is more favorable than Exxon Mobil.
This table compares Exxon Mobil and Suburban Propane Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Suburban Propane Partners||3.20%||5.81%||1.70%|
Exxon Mobil beats Suburban Propane Partners on 13 of the 18 factors compared between the two stocks.
Exxon Mobil Company Profile
Exxon Mobil Corporation is engaged in energy business. The Company is engaged in the exploration, production, transportation and sale of crude oil and natural gas, and the manufacture, transportation and sale of petroleum products. The Company also manufactures and markets commodity petrochemicals, including olefins, aromatics, polyethylene and polypropylene plastics, and a range of specialty products. The Company’s segments include Upstream, Downstream, Chemical, and Corporate and Financing. The Upstream segment operates to explore for and produce crude oil and natural gas. The Downstream operates to manufacture and sell petroleum products. The Chemical segment operates to manufacture and sell petrochemicals. The Company has exploration and development activities in projects located in the United States, Canada/South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia/Oceania.
Suburban Propane Partners Company Profile
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.
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