Critical Comparison: Suburban Propane Partners (SPH) & Kingfisher (KGFHY)

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

Dividends

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Suburban Propane Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.8%. Kingfisher pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. 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. Kingfisher pays out 36.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Suburban Propane Partners and Kingfisher’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
Kingfisher $15.02 billion 0.61 $624.88 million $0.66 12.74

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Suburban Propane Partners and Kingfisher, 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
Kingfisher 0 1 2 0 2.67

Suburban Propane Partners presently has a consensus target price of $26.50, indicating a potential upside of 19.75%. Given Suburban Propane Partners’ higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Suburban Propane Partners is more favorable than Kingfisher.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

28.1% of Suburban Propane Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.4% of Kingfisher shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of Suburban Propane Partners shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Suburban Propane Partners has a beta of 0.64, indicating that its stock price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kingfisher has a beta of 1.07, indicating that its stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Suburban Propane Partners and Kingfisher’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%
Kingfisher N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Suburban Propane Partners beats Kingfisher on 10 of the 15 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 Kingfisher

Kingfisher plc, together with its subsidiaries, supplies home improvement products and services through a network of retail stores and other channels located primarily in the United Kingdom and continental Europe. The company offers garden furnishing, exterior lighting, performance hand and power tools, heating and cooling systems, security and water treatment products, air treatment products, and communication products. It also engages in the property investment, sourcing, finance, and IT services businesses. The company operates approximately 1,200 stores in 10 countries across Europe under the B&Q, Castorama, Brico Dépôt, Screwfix, and Koctas brands. It also offers its products through various channels, such as online, mobile, call centers, and catalogues. Kingfisher plc was founded in 1982 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.

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