Archrock Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ: APLP) is one of 57 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil Related Services and Equipment” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Archrock Partners, L.P. to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, risk, dividends, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

41.2% of Archrock Partners, L.P. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.8% of shares of all “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Archrock Partners, L.P. shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of shares of all “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Archrock Partners, L.P. and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Archrock Partners, L.P. 0 2 1 0 2.33
Archrock Partners, L.P. Competitors 503 2222 2941 127 2.46

Archrock Partners, L.P. presently has a consensus target price of $18.50, suggesting a potential upside of 29.73%. As a group, “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies have a potential upside of 22.52%. Given Archrock Partners, L.P.’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Archrock Partners, L.P. is more favorable than its competitors.

Risk and Volatility

Archrock Partners, L.P. has a beta of 2.24, indicating that its share price is 124% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Archrock Partners, L.P.’s competitors have a beta of 1.60, indicating that their average share price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Archrock Partners, L.P. pays an annual dividend of $1.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.0%. Archrock Partners, L.P. pays out -518.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Oil Related Services and Equipment” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.7% and pay out -61.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Archrock Partners, L.P. is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares Archrock Partners, L.P. and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Archrock Partners, L.P. -2.49% 6.02% 1.57%
Archrock Partners, L.P. Competitors -18.95% -17.93% -6.40%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Archrock Partners, L.P. and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Archrock Partners, L.P. $546.43 million $236.11 million -64.82
Archrock Partners, L.P. Competitors $2.04 billion $273.76 million -41.85

Archrock Partners, L.P.’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Archrock Partners, L.P.. Archrock Partners, L.P. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Archrock Partners, L.P. beats its competitors on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Archrock Partners, L.P.

Archrock Partners, L.P. is engaged in natural gas compression industry in the United States. The Company’s contract operations services include designing, sourcing, owning, installing, operating, servicing, repairing and maintaining equipment to provide natural gas compression services to its customers. It provides contract operations services, including the personnel, equipment, tools, materials and supplies to meet its customers’ natural gas compression needs. Archrock General Partner, L.P., its general partner, is a subsidiary of Archrock and has responsibility for conducting its business and for managing its operations. The Company utilizes both slow and high speed reciprocating compressors primarily driven by internal natural gas fired combustion engines. Its customers include companies engaged in various aspects of the oil and natural gas industry, including natural gas producers, processors, gatherers, transporters and storage providers.

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