Financial Survey: Suburban Propane Partners (SPH) versus ZAGG (ZAGG)

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

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Suburban Propane Partners and ZAGG, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Suburban Propane Partners 1 1 2 0 2.25
ZAGG 0 2 4 0 2.67

Suburban Propane Partners presently has a consensus target price of $26.50, suggesting a potential upside of 19.75%. ZAGG has a consensus target price of $17.50, suggesting a potential upside of 45.83%. Given ZAGG’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe ZAGG is more favorable than Suburban Propane Partners.

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Suburban Propane Partners $1.19 billion 1.14 $37.99 million $0.70 31.61
ZAGG $519.49 million 0.65 $15.10 million $0.97 12.37

Suburban Propane Partners has higher revenue and earnings than ZAGG. ZAGG 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Suburban Propane Partners 3.27% 6.57% 1.83%
ZAGG 2.91% 24.90% 10.31%

Risk and Volatility

Suburban Propane Partners has a beta of 0.64, indicating that its share price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ZAGG has a beta of 1.13, indicating that its share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

28.1% of Suburban Propane Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.4% of ZAGG shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Suburban Propane Partners shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 4.2% of ZAGG shares are held 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.

Dividends

Suburban Propane Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.8%. ZAGG does not pay a dividend. Suburban Propane Partners pays out 342.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

ZAGG beats Suburban Propane Partners on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Suburban Propane Partners

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.

About ZAGG

ZAGG Inc, together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and distributes mobile tech accessories for smartphones and tablets in the United States, Europe, and internationally. It operates in ZAGG and mophie segments. The company offers screen protection products; battery cases and power management products for tablets, smartphones, MP3 players, cameras, and other electronic mobile devices; device specific keyboards and device agnostic keyboards; and earbuds, headphones, wireless charging products, Bluetooth speakers, and cables under the ZAGG, InvisibleShield, IFROGZ, and mophie brands. It sells its products through indirect channels, including big box retailers, wireless retailers, domestic and international distributors, independent Apple retailers, university bookstores, and small independently owned consumer electronics stores, as well as directly to retailers or through distributors; and directly to consumers on its Websites at ZAGG.com and mophie.com. The company also sells its products to franchisees that operate kiosks and ZAGG branded stores in shopping malls and retail centers. ZAGG Inc is headquartered in Midvale, Utah.

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