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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Enbridge Energy Management and Plains Group Holdings, L.P., as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Enbridge Energy Management 0 3 5 0 2.63
Plains Group Holdings, L.P. 0 9 9 0 2.50

Enbridge Energy Management presently has a consensus target price of $25.17, suggesting a potential upside of 75.74%. Plains Group Holdings, L.P. has a consensus target price of $27.50, suggesting a potential upside of 21.25%. Given Enbridge Energy Management’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Enbridge Energy Management is more favorable than Plains Group Holdings, L.P..

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Enbridge Energy Management N/A N/A N/A ($0.08) -179.00
Plains Group Holdings, L.P. $23.87 billion 0.15 $1.92 billion $0.66 34.38

Plains Group Holdings, L.P. has higher revenue and earnings than Enbridge Energy Management. Enbridge Energy Management is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Plains Group Holdings, L.P., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Enbridge Energy Management has a beta of 1.22, indicating that its stock price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Plains Group Holdings, L.P. has a beta of 1.51, indicating that its stock price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

75.3% of Enbridge Energy Management shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.2% of Plains Group Holdings, L.P. shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.3% of Enbridge Energy Management shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 39.9% of Plains Group Holdings, L.P. shares are owned by insiders. 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Enbridge Energy Management N/A -750.00% -750.00%
Plains Group Holdings, L.P. 0.34% 0.69% 0.30%

Dividends

Enbridge Energy Management pays an annual dividend of $1.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.7%. Plains Group Holdings, L.P. pays an annual dividend of $2.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.7%. Enbridge Energy Management pays out -1,375.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. 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. Enbridge Energy Management has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Summary

Plains Group Holdings, L.P. beats Enbridge Energy Management on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Enbridge Energy Management Company Profile

Enbridge Energy Management, L.L.C. is a limited partner of Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. (the Partnership). The Company owns i-units, a special class of the Partnership’s limited partner interests. The Company manages the business of the Partnership. The Partnership owns and operates crude oil and liquid petroleum transportation and storage assets, and natural gas gathering, treating, processing, transportation and marketing assets in the United States.

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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