Blueknight Energy Partners (NASDAQ: BKEP) and QEP Midstream Partners (NYSE:QEPM) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership and dividends.
This table compares Blueknight Energy Partners and QEP Midstream Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Blueknight Energy Partners||11.78%||-10.32%||6.85%|
|QEP Midstream Partners||62.86%||23.46%||13.76%|
56.8% of Blueknight Energy Partners shares are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of Blueknight Energy Partners shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Blueknight Energy Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.58 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.3%. QEP Midstream Partners does not pay a dividend. Blueknight Energy Partners pays out -322.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Blueknight Energy Partners and QEP Midstream Partners’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Blueknight Energy Partners||$177.39 million||1.11||-$4.84 million||($0.18)||-28.61|
|QEP Midstream Partners||N/A||N/A||N/A||$1.11||14.50|
QEP Midstream Partners has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Blueknight Energy Partners. Blueknight Energy Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than QEP Midstream Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Blueknight Energy Partners and QEP Midstream Partners, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Blueknight Energy Partners||0||1||1||0||2.50|
|QEP Midstream Partners||0||0||0||0||N/A|
Blueknight Energy Partners currently has a consensus price target of $7.00, indicating a potential upside of 35.92%. Given Blueknight Energy Partners’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Blueknight Energy Partners is more favorable than QEP Midstream Partners.
Blueknight Energy Partners beats QEP Midstream Partners on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
Blueknight Energy Partners Company Profile
Blueknight Energy Partners, L.P. is a master limited partnership company. The Company manages its operations through four segments: asphalt terminaling services, crude oil terminaling and storage services, crude oil pipeline services, and crude oil trucking and producer field services. Asphalt terminaling services segment operations generally consist of fee based activities associated with providing storage, terminaling and throughput services for asphalt product and residual fuel oil. Crude oil terminaling and storage segment operations generally consist of fee based activities associated with providing storage, terminaling, and throughput services for crude oil. Crude oil pipeline services segment operations generally consist of fee-based activity associated with transporting crude oil products on pipelines. Crude oil trucking and producer field services segment operations generally consist of fee-based activity associated with transporting crude oil products on trucks.
QEP Midstream Partners Company Profile
QEP Midstream Partners, LP (QEP Midstream) is a master limited partnership formed to own, operate, acquire and develop midstream energy assets. The Company’s primary assets consist of ownership interests in four gathering systems and two Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)-regulated pipelines through which, the Company provides natural gas midstream services, and crude oil gathering and transportation services to producers and users of natural gas and crude oil. The natural gas midstream services include gathering, compression, treating and dehydration, processing, fractionation, natural gas transmission and natural gas liquids (NGL) products transportation. The Company provides crude oil gathering and transportation services in Colorado, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.
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