EnLink Midstream (ENLC) versus Ferrellgas Partners (FGP) Critical Survey

Ferrellgas Partners (NYSE: FGP) and EnLink Midstream (NYSE:ENLC) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Ferrellgas Partners and EnLink Midstream, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ferrellgas Partners 1 2 0 0 1.67
EnLink Midstream 0 12 1 0 2.08

Ferrellgas Partners presently has a consensus target price of $5.00, suggesting a potential upside of 60.77%. EnLink Midstream has a consensus target price of $17.92, suggesting a potential upside of 23.56%. Given Ferrellgas Partners’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Ferrellgas Partners is more favorable than EnLink Midstream.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

5.6% of Ferrellgas Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 33.7% of EnLink Midstream shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of Ferrellgas Partners shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of EnLink Midstream shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Ferrellgas Partners has a beta of 0.44, indicating that its share price is 56% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EnLink Midstream has a beta of 2.58, indicating that its share price is 158% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Ferrellgas Partners and EnLink Midstream’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ferrellgas Partners $1.93 billion 0.16 -$54.20 million ($1.01) -3.08
EnLink Midstream $5.74 billion 0.46 $212.80 million $1.16 12.50

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

Profitability

This table compares Ferrellgas Partners and EnLink Midstream’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ferrellgas Partners -4.54% N/A -2.98%
EnLink Midstream 3.71% 0.23% 0.12%

Dividends

Ferrellgas Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.9%. EnLink Midstream pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.2%. Ferrellgas Partners pays out -39.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. EnLink Midstream pays out 89.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Ferrellgas Partners is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Summary

EnLink Midstream beats Ferrellgas Partners on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ferrellgas Partners Company Profile

Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. is engaged in the retail distribution of propane and related equipment sales, and midstream operations, which include crude oil logistics. The Company’s segments include propane and related equipment sales, midstream operations-crude oil logistics, and corporate and other. The propane and related equipment sales segment consists of the distribution of propane and related equipment and supplies. The midstream operations-crude oil logistics segment is engaged in providing crude oil transportation and logistics services. The corporate and other segment includes midstream operations-water solutions. The Company’s two subsidiaries include Ferrellgas Partners Finance Corp. and the operating partnership. Its general partner performs all management functions for the Company and holds general partner interest in Ferrellgas Partners and the operating partnership. It is a distributor of propane and related equipment and supplies to customers in the United States.

EnLink Midstream Company Profile

EnLink Midstream, LLC focuses on providing midstream energy services in the United States. It operates through five segments: Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Crude and Condensate, and Corporate. The company is involved in gathering, compressing, treating, processing, transporting, storing, and selling natural gas; fractionating, transporting, storing, exporting, and selling natural gas liquids; and gathering, transporting, stabilizing, storing, and trans-loading crude oil, and condensate. Its midstream energy asset network includes approximately 11,000 miles of pipelines; 20 natural gas processing plants; 7 fractionators; barge and rail terminals; product storage facilities; brine disposal wells; and a crude oil trucking fleet. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. EnLink Midstream, LLC is a subsidiary of Devon Energy Corporation.

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