Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ: EROC) and Cone Midstream Partners (NYSE:CNNX) are both energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. and Cone Midstream Partners, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. 0 0 0 0 N/A
Cone Midstream Partners 0 5 6 0 2.55

Cone Midstream Partners has a consensus target price of $22.89, suggesting a potential upside of 36.90%. Given Cone Midstream Partners’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Cone Midstream Partners is more favorable than Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P..

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. and Cone Midstream Partners’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Cone Midstream Partners $234.05 million 4.54 $150.90 million $1.67 10.01

Cone Midstream Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P..

Profitability

This table compares Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. and Cone Midstream Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. -107.85% -31.24% -15.37%
Cone Midstream Partners 45.95% 14.15% 11.74%

Dividends

Cone Midstream Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.17 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.0%. Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. does not pay a dividend. Cone Midstream Partners pays out 70.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

40.8% of Cone Midstream Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Cone Midstream Partners beats Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P.

Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. is a limited partnership engaged in developing and producing oil and natural gas properties. The Company’s interests include operated and non-operated wells located in four oil and gas producing regions: The Mid-Continent region consists of operated and non-operated properties in the Golden Trend field, Cana (Woodford) shale play, Verden field and other fields located in the Anadarko Basin of western Oklahoma, the Mansfield field and other fields in the Arkoma Basin of Arkansas and Oklahoma, and various fields in the Texas Panhandle; The Alabama region includes the Big Escambia Creek, Flomaton and Fanny Church fields located in Escambia County, Alabama; The Permian region contains various fields, including Ward South and Ward-Estes North located in Ward, Pecos and Crane Counties, Texas, and East Texas/South Texas/Mississippi. These working interest properties included over 561 gross operated productive wells and over 1,217 gross non-operated wells.

About Cone Midstream Partners

CONE Midstream Partners LP is a master limited partnership formed by CONSOL Energy Inc. (CONSOL) and Noble Energy, Inc. (Noble Energy). The Company owns, operates, develops and acquires natural gas gathering and other midstream energy assets to service CONSOL’s and Noble Energy’s production in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Its assets include natural gas gathering pipelines and compression and dehydration facilities, as well as condensate gathering, collection, separation and stabilization facilities. It operates through three segments: Anchor Systems, Growth Systems and Additional Systems. Its Anchor Systems include developed midstream systems, including its three midstream systems (the McQuay System, the Majorsville System and the Mamont System) and related assets. Its Growth Systems are located in the dry gas regions of its dedicated acreage. Its Additional Systems include various gathering systems located in the wet gas regions of its dedicated acreage.

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