Western Gas Partners, (NYSE: WES) is one of 38 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Western Gas Partners, to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Western Gas Partners, and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Western Gas Partners, 1 4 6 0 2.45
Western Gas Partners, Competitors 363 1716 2136 109 2.46

Western Gas Partners, currently has a consensus price target of $61.40, indicating a potential upside of 20.58%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 9.88%. Given Western Gas Partners,’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Western Gas Partners, is more favorable than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares Western Gas Partners, and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Western Gas Partners, 28.81% 15.80% 7.66%
Western Gas Partners, Competitors -1.43% 1.87% 1.33%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Western Gas Partners, and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Western Gas Partners, $2.03 billion $933.45 million 36.63
Western Gas Partners, Competitors $45.68 billion $4.44 billion 22.91

Western Gas Partners,’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Western Gas Partners,. Western Gas Partners, is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

Western Gas Partners, pays an annual dividend of $3.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.0%. Western Gas Partners, pays out 256.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.1% and pay out 864.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Western Gas Partners, has raised its dividend for 9 consecutive years. Western Gas Partners, is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

59.4% of Western Gas Partners, shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.0% of Western Gas Partners, shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.7% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies 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.

Volatility & Risk

Western Gas Partners, has a beta of 1.17, meaning that its share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Western Gas Partners,’s rivals have a beta of 1.30, meaning that their average share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Western Gas Partners, beats its rivals on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

Western Gas Partners, Company Profile

Western Gas Partners, LP is a master limited partnership (MLP) that acquires, owns, develops and operates midstream energy assets. The Company is engaged in the business of gathering, processing, compressing, treating and transporting natural gas, condensate, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and crude oil in the United States. The Company provides midstream services for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (Anadarko), as well as for third-party producers and customers. The Company’s operations and activities are managed by its general partner, which is indirectly controlled by Anadarko through Western Gas Equity Partners, LP (WGP). As of December 31, 2016, its assets and investments consisted of gathering systems, treating facilities, natural gas processing plants/trains, NGL pipelines, natural gas pipelines and oil pipelines. These assets and investments are located in the Rocky Mountains (Colorado, Utah and Wyoming), North-central Pennsylvania and Texas.

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