CVR Refining, (NYSE: CVRR) and Targa Resources Partners (NYSE:NGLS) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares CVR Refining, and Targa Resources Partners’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CVR Refining, $5.19 billion 0.32 $230.60 million $0.36 31.53
Targa Resources Partners N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

CVR Refining, has higher revenue and earnings than Targa Resources Partners.


This table compares CVR Refining, and Targa Resources Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CVR Refining, 1.02% 3.99% 2.25%
Targa Resources Partners 3.27% 0.29% 1.61%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for CVR Refining, and Targa Resources Partners, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CVR Refining, 1 5 1 0 2.00
Targa Resources Partners 0 1 1 0 2.50

CVR Refining, presently has a consensus target price of $9.67, suggesting a potential downside of 14.83%. Targa Resources Partners has a consensus target price of $52.00, suggesting a potential upside of 388.26%. Given Targa Resources Partners’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Targa Resources Partners is more favorable than CVR Refining,.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

11.0% of CVR Refining, shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


CVR Refining, beats Targa Resources Partners on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

CVR Refining, Company Profile

CVR Refining, LP is an independent downstream energy limited partnership with refining and related logistics assets that operates in the mid-continent region. The Company is a petroleum refiner. It owned and operated a complex full coking medium-sour crude oil refinery in Coffeyville, Kansas with a rated capacity of 115,000 barrels per calendar day (bpcd) and a complex crude oil refinery in Wynnewood, Oklahoma with a rated capacity of 70,000 bpcd capable of processing 20,000 bpcd of light sour crude oils (within its rated capacity of 70,000 bpcd), as of December 31, 2016. In addition, it also controlled and operated supporting logistics assets, including approximately 340 miles of active owned and leased pipelines, approximately 150 crude oil transports, a network of crude oil gathering tank farms, approximately 6.4 million barrels of owned and leased crude oil storage and over 4.5 million barrels of combined refined products and feedstocks storage capacity, as of December 31, 2016.

Targa Resources Partners Company Profile

Targa Resources Partners LP is a provider of midstream natural gas and natural gas liquid (NGL) services in the United States with a presence in crude oil gathering and petroleum terminaling. The Company is engaged in the business of gathering, compressing, treating, processing and selling natural gas; storing, fractionating, treating, transporting and selling NGLs and NGL products, including services to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) exporters; gathering, storing and terminaling crude oil, and storing, terminaling and selling refined petroleum products. The Company operates in two divisions: Gathering and Processing, and Logistics and Marketing. The Gathering and Processing division consists of two segments: Field Gathering and Processing, and Coastal Gathering and Processing. The Logistics and Marketing division consists of two segments: Logistics Assets and Marketing and Distribution.

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