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

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. $1.15 billion $229.21 million 59.07
Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. Competitors $45.68 billion $4.44 billion 22.91

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P.’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Suburban Propane Partners, L.P.. Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. 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

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. pays an annual dividend of $3.55 per share and has a dividend yield of 13.4%. Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. pays out 788.9% 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. Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years. Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. 2.46% 4.09% 1.25%
Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. Competitors -1.43% 1.87% 1.33%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

25.6% of Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.7% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. 1 1 1 0 2.00
Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. Competitors 363 1716 2136 109 2.46

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. currently has a consensus target price of $27.33, suggesting a potential upside of 2.83%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 10.39%. Given Suburban Propane Partners, L.P.’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Volatility and Risk

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. has a beta of 0.64, suggesting that its share price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Suburban Propane Partners, L.P.’s rivals have a beta of 1.30, suggesting that their average share price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. rivals beat Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. Company Profile

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. is a marketer and distributor of a range of products. The Company specializes in the distribution of propane, fuel oil and refined fuels, as well as the marketing of natural gas and electricity in deregulated markets. The Company’s segments include Propane, Fuel Oil and Refined Fuels, Natural Gas and Electricity, and All Other. In support of its marketing and distribution operations, the Company installs and services a range of home comfort equipment, particularly in the areas of heating and ventilation. The Company conducts its business through Suburban Propane, L.P., which operates its propane business and assets (the Operating Partnership), and its direct and indirect subsidiaries. As of September 24, 2016, it had sold approximately 414.8 million gallons of propane and 30.9 million gallons of fuel oil and refined fuels to retail customers. The Company owns and operates a propane storage facility in Elk Grove, California.

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