ONEOK (NYSE: OKE) and EnLink Midstream Partners, (NYSE:ENLK) are both mid-cap energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and risk.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares ONEOK and EnLink Midstream Partners,’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ONEOK $8.92 billion 2.16 $352.03 million $1.60 31.38
EnLink Midstream Partners, $4.25 billion 1.23 -$565.20 million ($0.23) -65.09

ONEOK has higher revenue and earnings than EnLink Midstream Partners,. EnLink Midstream Partners, is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ONEOK, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

ONEOK has a beta of 1.3, indicating that its stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EnLink Midstream Partners, has a beta of 2.08, indicating that its stock price is 108% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares ONEOK and EnLink Midstream Partners,’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ONEOK 3.76% 9.25% 2.53%
EnLink Midstream Partners, 0.76% 1.20% 0.53%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for ONEOK and EnLink Midstream Partners,, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ONEOK 0 8 5 0 2.38
EnLink Midstream Partners, 0 6 4 0 2.40

ONEOK currently has a consensus target price of $58.42, suggesting a potential upside of 16.37%. EnLink Midstream Partners, has a consensus target price of $18.29, suggesting a potential upside of 22.15%. Given EnLink Midstream Partners,’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe EnLink Midstream Partners, is more favorable than ONEOK.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

57.8% of ONEOK shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.9% of EnLink Midstream Partners, shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of ONEOK shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.2% of EnLink Midstream Partners, shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

ONEOK pays an annual dividend of $2.98 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.9%. EnLink Midstream Partners, pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.4%. ONEOK pays out 186.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. EnLink Midstream Partners, pays out -678.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. ONEOK has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years and EnLink Midstream Partners, has increased its dividend for 14 consecutive years. EnLink Midstream Partners, is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Summary

ONEOK beats EnLink Midstream Partners, on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

ONEOK Company Profile

ONEOK, Inc. is an energy midstream service provider in the United States. The Company owns and operates natural gas liquids (NGL) systems, and is engaged in the gathering, processing, storage and transportation of natural gas. THe Company’s operations include a 38,000-mile integrated network of NGL and natural gas pipelines, processing plants, fractionators and storage facilities in the Mid-Continent, Williston, Permian and Rocky Mountain regions. The Company operates through three business segments. The Natural Gas Gathering and Processing segment provides midstream services to contracted producers in North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Kansas and Oklahoma. The Natural Gas Liquids segment owns and operates facilities that gather, fractionate, treat and distribute NGLs and store NGL products primarily in the Mid-Continental, Permian Basin and the Rocky Mountain regions. The Natural Gas Pipelines segment provides transportation and storage services to end users.

EnLink Midstream Partners, Company Profile

EnLink Midstream Partners, LP is a midstream company. The Company’s business activities are conducted through its subsidiary, EnLink Midstream Operating, LP (the Operating Partnership) and the subsidiaries of the Operating Partnership. The Company operates through five segments: Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Crude and Condensate, and Corporate. The Company focuses on providing midstream energy services, including gathering, processing, transmission, fractionation, storage, condensate stabilization, brine services and marketing to producers of natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil and condensate. As of December 31, 2016, its midstream energy asset network included approximately 11,000 miles of pipelines, 20 natural gas processing plants, seven fractionators, barge and rail terminals, product storage facilities, purchasing and marketing capabilities, brine disposal wells, a crude oil trucking fleet, and equity investments in certain private midstream companies.

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