Head to Head Contrast: Global Partners (GLP) vs. Suburban Propane Partners (SPH)

Global Partners (NYSE: GLP) and Suburban Propane Partners (NYSE:SPH) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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41.5% of Global Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 28.1% of Suburban Propane Partners shares are held by institutional investors. 41.5% of Global Partners shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.6% of Suburban Propane Partners shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Global Partners and Suburban Propane Partners’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Global Partners $8.92 billion 0.06 $58.35 million $1.74 9.05
Suburban Propane Partners $1.19 billion 1.17 $37.99 million $0.65 34.78

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

Dividends

Global Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.85 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.7%. Suburban Propane Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.6%. Global Partners pays out 106.3% 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 369.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Global Partners is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Risk & Volatility

Global Partners has a beta of 0.86, meaning that its share price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Suburban Propane Partners has a beta of 0.65, meaning that its share price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Global Partners and Suburban Propane Partners, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Global Partners 0 4 0 0 2.00
Suburban Propane Partners 1 1 2 0 2.25

Global Partners currently has a consensus target price of $18.00, suggesting a potential upside of 14.29%. Suburban Propane Partners has a consensus target price of $26.50, suggesting a potential upside of 17.20%. Given Suburban Propane Partners’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Suburban Propane Partners is more favorable than Global Partners.

Profitability

This table compares Global Partners and Suburban Propane Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Global Partners 0.66% 8.89% 1.57%
Suburban Propane Partners 3.27% 6.57% 1.83%

Summary

Global Partners beats Suburban Propane Partners on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Global Partners Company Profile

Global Partners LP is a midstream logistics and marketing company. It is engaged in the purchasing, selling, storing and logistics of transporting petroleum and related products, including gasoline and gasoline blendstocks, distillates, residual oil, renewable fuels, crude oil, natural gas and propane. Its segments include Wholesale, Gasoline Distribution and Station Operations and Commercial. In Wholesale segment, the Company engages in the logistics of selling, gathering, storage and transportation of refined petroleum products, renewable fuels, crude oil and propane. In Gasoline Distribution and Station Operations segment, gasoline distribution includes sales of branded and unbranded gasoline to gasoline station operators and sub-jobbers. The Commercial segment includes sales and deliveries to end user customers in the public sector and to commercial and industrial end users of unbranded gasoline, home heating oil, diesel, kerosene, residual oil, bunker fuel and natural gas.

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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