Phillips 66 Partners (NYSE: PSXP) and Noble Midstream Partners (NYSE:NBLX) are both mid-cap energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Phillips 66 Partners and Noble Midstream Partners’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Phillips 66 Partners $873.00 million 7.68 $301.00 million $2.36 23.37
Noble Midstream Partners $160.72 million 8.17 $74.44 million $4.01 14.10

Phillips 66 Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Noble Midstream Partners. Noble Midstream Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Phillips 66 Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Phillips 66 Partners and Noble Midstream Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Phillips 66 Partners 42.19% 23.56% 9.55%
Noble Midstream Partners 55.83% 36.74% 24.51%

Dividends

Phillips 66 Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.58 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.7%. Noble Midstream Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.87 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. Phillips 66 Partners pays out 109.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Noble Midstream Partners pays out 46.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Noble Midstream Partners has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

37.2% of Phillips 66 Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.8% of Noble Midstream Partners 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Phillips 66 Partners and Noble Midstream Partners, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Phillips 66 Partners 0 4 8 0 2.67
Noble Midstream Partners 0 2 7 0 2.78

Phillips 66 Partners currently has a consensus price target of $58.30, indicating a potential upside of 5.71%. Noble Midstream Partners has a consensus price target of $53.63, indicating a potential downside of 5.16%. Given Phillips 66 Partners’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Phillips 66 Partners is more favorable than Noble Midstream Partners.

Summary

Noble Midstream Partners beats Phillips 66 Partners on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Phillips 66 Partners Company Profile

Phillips 66 Partners LP (Phillips 66) owns, operates, develops and acquires fee-based crude oil, refined petroleum product and natural gas liquids (NGL) pipelines, terminals and other transportation and midstream assets. The Company’s assets consist of systems, such as Clifton Ridge Crude System, Eagle Ford Gathering System, Ponca Crude System, Billings Crude System, Borger Crude System, Sweeny to Pasadena Products System, Hartford Connector Products System, Gold Line Products System, Cross-Channel Connector Products System, Ponca Products System, Billings Products System, Bayway Products System, Standish Pipeline, Borger Products System, River Parish NGL System, Medford Spheres, Bayway Rail Rack, Ferndale Rail Rack, Sand Hills/Southern Hills Joint Ventures, Explorer Pipeline Joint Venture, Bakken Joint Ventures, Bayou Bridge Pipeline Joint Venture, STACK Pipeline Joint Venture, and Sweeny Fractionator and Clemens Caverns.

Noble Midstream Partners Company Profile

Noble Midstream Partners LP is engaged in owning, operating, developing and acquiring a range of domestic midstream infrastructure assets. The Company’s areas of focus are in the area of Denver-Julesburg (DJ) Basin in Colorado and the Southern Delaware Basin position of the Permian Basin in Texas (Delaware Basin). Its segments include Gathering Systems, Fresh Water Delivery, and Investments in White Cliffs and Other. The Gathering Systems segment includes crude oil, natural gas and produced water gathering, as well as crude oil treating. It holds interest in White Cliffs Pipeline L.L.C. (the White Cliffs Interest). The Investments in White Cliffs and Other segment includes activity associated with the White Cliffs Interest. As of December 31, 2016, the White Cliffs Pipeline system consisted of two 527-mile crude oil pipelines that extended from the DJ Basin to the Cushing, Oklahoma. It provides crude oil, natural gas, and water-related midstream services for Noble Energy, Inc.

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