Head-To-Head Survey: TransMontaigne (TLP) versus Energy Transfer Partners (ETP)

TransMontaigne (NYSE: TLP) and Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE:ETP) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, dividends and profitability.

Risk and Volatility

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TransMontaigne has a beta of 0.19, meaning that its share price is 81% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Energy Transfer Partners has a beta of 0.97, meaning that its share price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares TransMontaigne and Energy Transfer Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TransMontaigne 24.56% 12.16% 5.83%
Energy Transfer Partners 6.54% 6.43% 2.66%

Dividends

TransMontaigne pays an annual dividend of $3.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.5%. Energy Transfer Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.26 per share and has a dividend yield of 13.7%. TransMontaigne pays out 140.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Energy Transfer Partners pays out 313.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. TransMontaigne has raised its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares TransMontaigne and Energy Transfer Partners’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TransMontaigne $183.27 million 3.20 $48.49 million $2.20 16.49
Energy Transfer Partners $29.05 billion 0.66 $2.08 billion $0.72 22.97

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for TransMontaigne and Energy Transfer Partners, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TransMontaigne 0 2 2 0 2.50
Energy Transfer Partners 0 5 13 0 2.72

TransMontaigne currently has a consensus price target of $46.75, indicating a potential upside of 28.89%. Energy Transfer Partners has a consensus price target of $24.86, indicating a potential upside of 50.29%. Given Energy Transfer Partners’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Energy Transfer Partners is more favorable than TransMontaigne.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

62.0% of TransMontaigne shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.3% of Energy Transfer Partners shares are held by institutional investors. 20.4% of TransMontaigne shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.2% of Energy Transfer Partners shares 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

Energy Transfer Partners beats TransMontaigne on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

TransMontaigne Company Profile

TransMontaigne Partners L.P. provides integrated terminaling, storage, transportation, and related services. The company offers its services to customers engaged in the trading, distribution, and marketing of light and heavy refined petroleum products, crude oil, chemicals, fertilizers, and other liquid products. It operates 8 refined product terminals in Florida with approximately 6.9 million barrels of aggregate active storage capacity; and a 67-mile interstate refined products pipeline between Missouri and Arkansas, as well as 2 refined product terminals in Missouri and Arkansas with an aggregate active storage capacity of approximately 421,000 barrels. The company also operates 1 crude oil terminal in Cushing with an aggregate active storage capacity of approximately 1.0 million barrels; 1 refined product terminal located in Oklahoma City with aggregate active storage capacity of approximately 0.2 million barrels; 1 refined product terminal located in Brownsville with an aggregate active storage capacity of approximately 0.9 million barrels; and a 16-mile LPG pipeline from its Brownsville facility to the U.S. border. In addition, it operates a 174-mile bi-directional refined products and Ella-Brownsville pipelines; light petroleum products terminal located in Brownsville with an aggregate active storage capacity of approximately 1.5 million barrels; 7.1 million barrel terminal facility on the Houston Ship Channel; 12 refined product terminals located along the Mississippi and Ohio rivers with approximately 2.7 million barrels of aggregate active storage capacity; and a dock facility in Baton Rouge, as well as 22 refined product terminals located along the Colonial and Plantation pipelines with an aggregate active storage capacity of approximately 11.0 million barrels. TransMontaigne GP L.L.C. serves as the general partner of the company. The company was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

Energy Transfer Partners Company Profile

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., formerly Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P., owns and operates a logistics business. The Company is engaged in the transport, terminaling and storage of crude oil, refined products and natural gas liquids (NGLs). The Company’s segments include Crude Oil, Natural Gas Liquids and Refined Products. In addition to logistics services, it also owns acquisition and marketing assets. The Crude Oil segment provides transportation, terminaling and acquisition and marketing services to crude oil markets throughout the southwest, midwest and northeastern United States. The Natural Gas Liquids segment transports, stores, and executes acquisition and marketing activities utilizing a network of pipelines, storage and blending facilities, and strategic off-take locations that provide access to multiple NGL markets. The Refined Products segment provides transportation and terminaling services, using refined products pipelines and refined products marketing terminals.

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