Aegean Marine Petroleum Network (NYSE: ANW) and Western Gas Equity Partners, (NYSE:WGP) are both transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

70.6% of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 17.8% of Western Gas Equity Partners, shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Aegean Marine Petroleum Network and Western Gas Equity Partners,, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network 0 0 3 0 3.00
Western Gas Equity Partners, 0 2 6 0 2.75

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network presently has a consensus price target of $7.67, indicating a potential upside of 58.08%. Western Gas Equity Partners, has a consensus price target of $51.25, indicating a potential upside of 26.05%. Given Aegean Marine Petroleum Network’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Aegean Marine Petroleum Network is more favorable than Western Gas Equity Partners,.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Aegean Marine Petroleum Network and Western Gas Equity Partners,’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network $5.30 billion 0.04 $106.56 million $0.70 6.93
Western Gas Equity Partners, $2.03 billion 4.39 $944.00 million $1.63 24.94

Western Gas Equity Partners, has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Aegean Marine Petroleum Network. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Western Gas Equity Partners,, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Western Gas Equity Partners, pays an annual dividend of $2.11 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.2%. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network pays out 11.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Western Gas Equity Partners, pays out 129.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Western Gas Equity Partners, has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years. Western Gas Equity Partners, is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Volatility & Risk

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has a beta of 2.25, suggesting that its share price is 125% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Western Gas Equity Partners, has a beta of 1.57, suggesting that its share price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Aegean Marine Petroleum Network and Western Gas Equity Partners,’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network 0.56% 7.97% 2.95%
Western Gas Equity Partners, 17.50% 8.78% 4.69%

Summary

Western Gas Equity Partners, beats Aegean Marine Petroleum Network on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Western Gas Equity Partners, Company Profile

Western Gas Equity Partners, LP is a limited partnership. The Company is formed to own approximately three types of partnership interests in Western Gas Partners, LP (WES). WES is an master limited partnership (MLP) engaged in the business of gathering, compressing, treating, processing and transporting natural gas, and gathering, stabilizing and transporting condensate, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and crude oil. WES provides these midstream services for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (Anadarko), as well as for third-party producers and customers. Its assets and investments are located in the Rocky Mountains (Colorado, Utah and Wyoming), North-central Pennsylvania and Texas. The Bison treating facility treats and compresses gas from coal-bed methane wells in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming. MIGC, LLC receives gas from various coal-bed methane gathering systems in the Powder River Basin and the Hilight system, as well as from WBI Energy Transmission, Inc.

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