Reviewing VTTI Energy Partners (VTTI) & Plains Group Holdings, L.P. (PAGP)

VTTI Energy Partners (NYSE: VTTI) and Plains Group Holdings, L.P. (NYSE:PAGP) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares VTTI Energy Partners and Plains Group Holdings, L.P.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
VTTI Energy Partners 11.04% 14.27% 5.82%
Plains Group Holdings, L.P. 0.34% 0.69% 0.30%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares VTTI Energy Partners and Plains Group Holdings, L.P.’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
VTTI Energy Partners $317.00 million 2.87 $205.45 million N/A N/A
Plains Group Holdings, L.P. $23.87 billion 0.15 $1.92 billion $0.66 34.74

Plains Group Holdings, L.P. has higher revenue and earnings than VTTI Energy Partners.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for VTTI Energy Partners and Plains Group Holdings, L.P., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
VTTI Energy Partners 0 3 0 0 2.00
Plains Group Holdings, L.P. 0 9 9 0 2.50

VTTI Energy Partners currently has a consensus price target of $19.50, suggesting a potential upside of 0.00%. Plains Group Holdings, L.P. has a consensus price target of $27.50, suggesting a potential upside of 19.98%. Given Plains Group Holdings, L.P.’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Plains Group Holdings, L.P. is more favorable than VTTI Energy Partners.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

74.5% of VTTI Energy Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.0% of Plains Group Holdings, L.P. shares are held by institutional investors. 39.9% of Plains Group Holdings, L.P. shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

VTTI Energy Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.34 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.9%. Plains Group Holdings, L.P. pays an annual dividend of $2.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.6%. Plains Group Holdings, L.P. pays out 333.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. VTTI Energy Partners has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years and Plains Group Holdings, L.P. has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Volatility and Risk

VTTI Energy Partners has a beta of 1.18, suggesting that its stock price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Plains Group Holdings, L.P. has a beta of 1.51, suggesting that its stock price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Plains Group Holdings, L.P. beats VTTI Energy Partners on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

VTTI Energy Partners Company Profile

VTTI Energy Partners LP provides terminaling services for third party companies engaged in the production, processing, distribution and marketing of refined petroleum products and crude oil. The Company operates through the segment of energy storage terminaling business. Its assets consist of approximately 42.6% interest in VTTI MLP B.V., which owns a portfolio of over six terminals with over 400 tanks and approximately 35.7 million barrels of refined petroleum product and crude oil storage capacity located in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America. Its terminals are located in international supply and demand centers for refined petroleum products and crude oil and provide midstream infrastructure services to its customers at these international market hubs. It provides storage and terminaling services for energy industry participants, including marketing companies, integrated oil companies, national oil companies, distributors, and chemical and petrochemical companies.

Plains Group Holdings, L.P. Company Profile

Plains GP Holdings, L.P. owns and operates midstream energy infrastructure and provides logistics services for crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGL), natural gas and refined products. The Company operates through three segments: Transportation, Facilities, and Supply and Logistics. Through its three business segments, the Company is engaged in the transportation, storage, terminaling and marketing of crude oil, NGL and natural gas. The Transportation segment operations consist of fee-based activities associated with transporting crude oil and NGL on pipelines, gathering systems, trucks and barges. The Facilities segment operations consist of fee-based activities associated with providing storage, terminaling and throughput services for crude oil, refined products, NGL and natural gas, as well as NGL fractionation and isomerization services and natural gas and condensate processing services. The Supply and Logistics segment operations consist of the merchant-related activities.

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