Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE) and American Midstream Partners (NYSE:AMID) are both small-cap utilities companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations.


American Midstream Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.65 per share and has a dividend yield of 13.5%. Clean Energy Fuels does not pay a dividend. American Midstream Partners pays out -217.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

35.5% of Clean Energy Fuels shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 43.0% of American Midstream Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. 14.9% of Clean Energy Fuels shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.4% of American Midstream Partners shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Clean Energy Fuels and American Midstream Partners, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Clean Energy Fuels 0 0 0 0 N/A
American Midstream Partners 0 2 1 0 2.33

American Midstream Partners has a consensus target price of $16.33, suggesting a potential upside of 33.88%. Given American Midstream Partners’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe American Midstream Partners is more favorable than Clean Energy Fuels.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Clean Energy Fuels and American Midstream Partners’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Clean Energy Fuels $402.66 million 0.83 -$12.15 million ($0.37) -6.00
American Midstream Partners $232.68 million 3.78 -$3.47 million ($0.76) -16.05

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

Risk and Volatility

Clean Energy Fuels has a beta of 1.85, suggesting that its stock price is 85% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, American Midstream Partners has a beta of 0.98, suggesting that its stock price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Clean Energy Fuels and American Midstream Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Clean Energy Fuels -15.47% -10.52% -6.31%
American Midstream Partners 0.12% -11.67% -2.29%


American Midstream Partners beats Clean Energy Fuels on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Clean Energy Fuels Company Profile

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (Clean Energy) is a provider of natural gas as an alternative fuel for vehicle fleets in the United States and Canada. The Company is engaged in supplying compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and renewable natural gas (RNG) for light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles, and providing operation and maintenance (O&M) services for natural gas fueling stations. The Company designs, builds, operates and maintains fueling stations; manufactures, sells and services non-lubricated natural gas fueling compressors and other equipment used in CNG stations and LNG stations; offers assessment, design and modification solutions to provide operators with code-compliant service and maintenance facilities for natural gas vehicle fleets, and transports and sells CNG and LNG to industrial and institutional energy users having no direct access to natural gas pipelines, among others.

American Midstream Partners Company Profile

American Midstream Partners, LP owns, operates, develops and acquires a portfolio of midstream energy assets. The Company provides midstream infrastructure that links producers of natural gas, crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGLs), condensate and specialty chemicals to numerous intermediate and end-use markets. Its segments include gathering and processing, transmission and terminals. Through its segments, it is engaged in the business of gathering, treating, processing, and transporting natural gas; gathering, transporting, storing, treating and fractionating NGLs; gathering, storing and transporting crude oil and condensates, and storing specialty chemical products. Its gathering and processing assets are primarily located in the Permian Basin of West Texas; the Cotton Valley/Haynesville Shale of East Texas; the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas; the Bakken Shale of North Dakota, and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.

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