Golar LNG Limited (NASDAQ: GLNG) and Cheniere Energy (NYSE:LNG) are both mid-cap transportation companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, earnings and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Golar LNG Limited and Cheniere Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Golar LNG Limited 0 2 9 0 2.82
Cheniere Energy 0 1 5 0 2.83

Golar LNG Limited presently has a consensus price target of $34.83, suggesting a potential upside of 70.92%. Cheniere Energy has a consensus price target of $53.76, suggesting a potential upside of 28.97%. Given Golar LNG Limited’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Golar LNG Limited is more favorable than Cheniere Energy.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

89.4% of Golar LNG Limited shares are held by institutional investors. 0.0% of Golar LNG Limited shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Golar LNG Limited and Cheniere Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Golar LNG Limited -228.55% -7.51% -3.15%
Cheniere Energy 1.69% N/A 0.32%

Dividends

Golar LNG Limited pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Cheniere Energy does not pay a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Golar LNG Limited and Cheniere Energy’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Golar LNG Limited $88.81 million 22.49 -$60.92 million N/A N/A
Cheniere Energy $3.48 billion 2.78 $1.11 billion N/A N/A

Cheniere Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Golar LNG Limited.

Golar LNG Limited Company Profile

Golar LNG Limited is a midstream liquefied natural gas (LNG) company engaged primarily in the transportation, regasification, liquefaction and trading of LNG. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, ownership, operation and chartering of LNG carriers and Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRUs) through its subsidiaries and affiliates, and the development of LNG projects, such as floating LNGs (FLNGs). The Company’s segments include Vessel operations, LNG trading and FLNG. Under the Vessel operations segment, the Company operates and charters out LNG carriers and FSRUs on fixed terms to customers. Through the LNG trading segment, the Company provides physical and financial risk management in LNG and gas markets for customers around the world. The FLNG segment includes the costs associated with the conversion of its LNG carrier, the Hilli, to a FLNG. The Company, along with its affiliate, Golar LNG Partners LP, has a combined fleet of approximately 30 vessels.

Cheniere Energy Company Profile

Cheniere Energy, Inc. (Cheniere) is an energy company primarily engaged in liquefied natural gas (LNG)-related businesses. The Company operates through two segments: LNG terminal business, and LNG and natural gas marketing business. Its LNG terminal segment consists of the Sabine Pass and Corpus Christi LNG terminals. Its LNG and natural gas marketing segment consists of LNG and natural gas marketing activities by Cheniere Marketing. Cheniere Marketing is developing a portfolio of long- and medium-term SPAs with professional staff based in the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Chile. The Company conducts its business through its subsidiaries, including the development, construction and operation of its LNG terminal business and the development and operation of its LNG and natural gas marketing business. The Company owns and operates the Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Louisiana through its ownership interest in and management agreements with Cheniere Partners.

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