Critical Contrast: Sprague Resources (SRLP) vs. Its Competitors

Sprague Resources (NYSE: SRLP) is one of 39 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Sprague Resources to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, risk, earnings, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

24.6% of Sprague Resources shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.5% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are held by institutional investors. 11.9% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Sprague Resources has a beta of 1.4, meaning that its share price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sprague Resources’ rivals have a beta of 1.26, meaning that their average share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Sprague Resources pays an annual dividend of $2.43 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.7%. Sprague Resources pays out 119.7% 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 Refining and Marketing” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.2% and pay out 656.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Sprague Resources has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years. Sprague Resources is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares Sprague Resources and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sprague Resources 1.77% 29.64% 4.95%
Sprague Resources Competitors -0.94% 2.37% 1.45%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Sprague Resources and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sprague Resources 0 0 2 0 3.00
Sprague Resources Competitors 448 1950 2269 133 2.43

Sprague Resources currently has a consensus target price of $33.00, suggesting a potential upside of 32.26%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 14.66%. Given Sprague Resources’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Sprague Resources is more favorable than its rivals.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Sprague Resources and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Sprague Resources $2.62 billion $105.38 million 12.29
Sprague Resources Competitors $44.25 billion $4.32 billion 21.64

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

Summary

Sprague Resources beats its rivals on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Sprague Resources

Sprague Resources LP is engaged in the purchase, storage, distribution and sale of refined products and natural gas, and provides storage and handling services for a range of materials. The Company operates through four segments: refined products, which purchases a range of refined products, such as heating oil, diesel fuel, residual fuel oil, asphalt, kerosene, jet fuel and gasoline from refining companies, trading organizations and producers; natural gas, which purchases natural gas from natural gas producers and trading companies, and sells and distributes natural gas to commercial and industrial customers in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic United States; materials handling, which offloads, stores and prepares for delivery a range of customer-owned products, including asphalt, clay slurry, coal and heavy equipment, and other operations, which include the purchase and distribution of coal, certain commercial trucking activities and the heating equipment service business.

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