Markwest Energy Partners (NYSE: MWE) and Aegean Marine Petroleum Network (NYSE:ANW) are both energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, valuation, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Markwest Energy Partners and Aegean Marine Petroleum Network, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Markwest Energy Partners 0 0 0 0 N/A
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network 0 0 3 0 3.00

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has a consensus price target of $7.67, indicating a potential upside of 53.33%. Given Aegean Marine Petroleum Network’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Aegean Marine Petroleum Network is more favorable than Markwest Energy Partners.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Markwest Energy Partners and Aegean Marine Petroleum Network’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Markwest Energy Partners N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network $5.30 billion 0.04 $106.56 million $0.70 7.14

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has higher revenue and earnings than Markwest Energy Partners.

Profitability

This table compares Markwest Energy Partners and Aegean Marine Petroleum Network’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Markwest Energy Partners 10.37% 2.42% 1.71%
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network 0.56% 7.97% 2.95%

Dividends

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Markwest Energy Partners does not pay a dividend. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network pays out 11.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

70.6% of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network beats Markwest Energy Partners on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Markwest Energy Partners Company Profile

MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. (MarkWest) is a master limited partnership engaged in the gathering, processing and transportation of natural gas; the gathering, transportation, fractionation, storage and marketing of natural gas liquids (NGLs), and the gathering and transportation of crude oil. The Company operates in four segments: Marcellus, Utica, Northeast and Southwest. The Marcellus segment provides integrated natural gas midstream services in southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia. The Company’s MarkWest Utica EMG provides gathering, processing, fractionation and marketing services. The Northeast segment assets include the Kenova, Boldman, Cobb, Kermit and Langley natural gas processing complexes, an NGL pipeline and the Siloam fractionation facility. The Company owns a system that consists of natural gas gathering pipelines, centralized compressor stations, two natural gas processing complexes and two NGL pipelines.

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Company Profile

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. is an international marine fuel logistics company. The Company markets and physically supplies refined marine fuel and lubricants to vessels in port, at sea and on rivers. As a physical supplier, the Company procures marine fuel from refineries, oil producers and other sources, and resells and delivers these fuels from its bunkering vessels to a range of end users. The Company owns and operates a fleet of approximately 50 bunkering vessels. The Company operates over 10 land-based storage facilities. The Company operates a vessel as a floating storage facility with a cargo carrying capacity of approximately 19,900 deadweight tonnage (dwt). The Company provides fueling services to various types of ocean-going and various types of coastal vessels, such as oil tankers, container ships, drybulk carriers, cruise ships, reefers, liquefied natural gas (LNG)/liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers, car carriers and ferries.

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