Rice Midstream Partners (NYSE: RMP) and GasLog Partners (NYSE:GLOP) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, dividends and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

39.8% of GasLog Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Rice Midstream Partners has a beta of 1.31, meaning that its share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, GasLog Partners has a beta of 1.66, meaning that its share price is 66% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Rice Midstream Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.4%. GasLog Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.7%. Rice Midstream Partners pays out 70.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. GasLog Partners pays out 94.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Rice Midstream Partners has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Rice Midstream Partners and GasLog Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Rice Midstream Partners 58.22% 12.71% 10.92%
GasLog Partners 35.43% 12.06% 5.27%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Rice Midstream Partners and GasLog Partners, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Rice Midstream Partners 0 10 3 0 2.23
GasLog Partners 0 1 5 0 2.83

Rice Midstream Partners currently has a consensus target price of $23.13, suggesting a potential upside of 15.34%. GasLog Partners has a consensus target price of $26.00, suggesting a potential upside of 10.64%. Given Rice Midstream Partners’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Rice Midstream Partners is more favorable than GasLog Partners.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Rice Midstream Partners and GasLog Partners’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Rice Midstream Partners $235.66 million 8.70 $180.22 million $1.54 13.02
GasLog Partners $238.21 million 3.89 $174.92 million $2.15 10.93

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

Summary

Rice Midstream Partners beats GasLog Partners on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Rice Midstream Partners Company Profile

Rice Midstream Partners LP owns, operates, develops and acquires midstream assets in the Appalachian Basin. The Company’s segments are gathering and compression, and water services. The gathering and compression segment provides natural gas gathering and compression services for Rice Energy Inc. (Rice Energy) and third parties in the Appalachian Basin. The water services segment provides water services to support well completion activities, and to collect and recycle or dispose of flowback and produced water for Rice Energy and third parties in the Appalachian Basin. Its gas gathering and compression assets are located within the dry gas core of the Marcellus Shale and, consists of approximately 3.3 million dekatherms per day (MMDth/d) high-pressure dry gas gathering system and associated compression in Washington County, Pennsylvania, and an approximately 840 thousand dekatherms per day (MDth/d) high-pressure dry gas gathering system in Greene County, Pennsylvania.

GasLog Partners Company Profile

GasLog Partners LP is a limited partnership company. The Company focuses on owning, operating and acquiring liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers under multi-year charters. The Company’s fleet consists of 9 LNG carriers with an average carrying capacity of approximately 149,500 cubic meters (cbm), each of which has a multi-year time charter. The Company’s fleet includes GasLog Seattle, GasLog Shanghai, GasLog Santiago, GasLog Sydney, Methane Rita Andrea, Methane Jane Elizabeth, Methane Alison Victoria, Methane Shirley Elisabeth and Methane Heather Sally. The GasLog Seattle is a tri-fuel diesel electric LNG carrier. Each of the GasLog Seattle, GasLog Shanghai, GasLog Santiago and GasLog Sydney vessels has a cargo capacity of approximately 155,000 cbm. Each of the Methane Rita Andrea, Methane Heather Sally, Methane Shirley Elisabeth, Methane Alison Victoria and Methane Jane Elizabeth vessels has a cargo capacity of approximately 145,000 cbm.

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