Contrasting Holly Energy Partners (HEP) and Its Peers

Holly Energy Partners (NYSE: HEP) is one of 49 public companies in the “OIL/GAS PROD/PIPEL” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Holly Energy Partners to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

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This table compares Holly Energy Partners and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Holly Energy Partners $454.36 million $195.04 million 12.56
Holly Energy Partners Competitors $6.65 billion $474.67 million 20.72

Holly Energy Partners’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Holly Energy Partners. Holly Energy Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

Holly Energy Partners has a beta of 0.75, meaning that its stock price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Holly Energy Partners’ peers have a beta of 1.16, meaning that their average stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Holly Energy Partners and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Holly Energy Partners 42.93% 35.81% 8.81%
Holly Energy Partners Competitors 21.70% 3.57% 6.08%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Holly Energy Partners and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Holly Energy Partners 3 4 0 0 1.57
Holly Energy Partners Competitors 494 2019 2484 89 2.43

Holly Energy Partners currently has a consensus target price of $31.86, indicating a potential upside of 20.22%. As a group, “OIL/GAS PROD/PIPEL” companies have a potential upside of 38.72%. Given Holly Energy Partners’ peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Holly Energy Partners has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Dividends

Holly Energy Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.8%. Holly Energy Partners pays out 123.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “OIL/GAS PROD/PIPEL” companies pay a dividend yield of 8.6% and pay out 193.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Holly Energy Partners has increased its dividend for 14 consecutive years. Holly Energy Partners is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

28.8% of Holly Energy Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.6% of shares of all “OIL/GAS PROD/PIPEL” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of Holly Energy Partners shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.3% of shares of all “OIL/GAS PROD/PIPEL” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Holly Energy Partners peers beat Holly Energy Partners on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Holly Energy Partners

Holly Energy Partners, L.P., (HEP) is engaged in the business of operating a system of petroleum product and crude pipelines, storage tanks, distribution terminals, loading rack facilities and refinery processing units in West Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Kansas, Arizona, Idaho and Washington. The Company operates through segments, including pipelines and terminals segment and a refinery processing unit segment. As of December 31, 2016, its pipelines and terminals segment consisted of 24 main pipeline segments; Crude gathering networks in Texas and New Mexico; 10 refined product terminals; one crude terminal; 8,300 track feet of rail storage located at one facility; seven locations with truck and/or rail racks, and Tankage at all six of HollyFrontier Corporation’s (HFC’s) refining facility locations. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s refinery processing unit segment consisted of five refinery processing units at two of HFC’s refining facility locations.

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