Summit Midstream Partners, (NYSE: SMLP) is one of 49 public companies in the “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Summit Midstream Partners, to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Summit Midstream Partners, and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Summit Midstream Partners, 24.14% 11.61% 4.31%
Summit Midstream Partners, Competitors 19.43% 89.95% 6.10%

Risk and Volatility

Summit Midstream Partners, has a beta of 1.69, indicating that its stock price is 69% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Summit Midstream Partners,’s rivals have a beta of 1.38, indicating that their average stock price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

49.9% of Summit Midstream Partners, shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.1% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 9.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Summit Midstream Partners, and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Summit Midstream Partners, 1 2 3 0 2.33
Summit Midstream Partners, Competitors 305 1816 2397 86 2.49

Summit Midstream Partners, currently has a consensus target price of $26.20, suggesting a potential upside of 35.75%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies have a potential upside of 26.66%. Given Summit Midstream Partners,’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Summit Midstream Partners, is more favorable than its rivals.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Summit Midstream Partners, and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Summit Midstream Partners, $402.36 million -$40.91 million 13.22
Summit Midstream Partners, Competitors $4.88 billion $288.25 million 18.91

Summit Midstream Partners,’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Summit Midstream Partners,. Summit Midstream Partners, is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

Summit Midstream Partners, pays an annual dividend of $2.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.9%. Summit Midstream Partners, pays out 157.5% 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 Transportation Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 6.8% and pay out 149.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Summit Midstream Partners, has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Summary

Summit Midstream Partners, rivals beat Summit Midstream Partners, on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

About Summit Midstream Partners,

Summit Midstream Partners, LP focuses on developing, owning and operating midstream energy infrastructure assets. The Company’s segments include the Utica Shale, which includes its ownership interest in Ohio Gathering, as well as Summit Utica; the Williston Basin, which includes Bison Midstream, Polar and Divide and Tioga Midstream; the Marcellus Shale, which includes Mountaineer Midstream; the Barnett Shale, which includes DFW Midstream Services LLC (DFW Midstream), and the Piceance Basin /DJ Basins, which includes Grand River and Niobrara G&P. The Company’s assets are located in the producing areas of unconventional resource basins, primarily shale formations, in the continental United States. It provides natural gas gathering, treating and processing services, as well as crude oil and produced water gathering services pursuant to long-term and fee-based agreements with its customers.

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