Enbridge Energy Management (NYSE: EEQ) and EnLink Midstream Partners (NYSE:ENLK) are both energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Enbridge Energy Management and EnLink Midstream Partners, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Enbridge Energy Management 1 1 0 0 1.50
EnLink Midstream Partners 0 8 4 0 2.33

Enbridge Energy Management presently has a consensus target price of $18.00, indicating a potential upside of 40.63%. EnLink Midstream Partners has a consensus target price of $18.27, indicating a potential upside of 10.54%. Given Enbridge Energy Management’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Enbridge Energy Management is more favorable than EnLink Midstream Partners.

Dividends

EnLink Midstream Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.4%. Enbridge Energy Management does not pay a dividend. EnLink Midstream Partners pays out -678.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

Enbridge Energy Management has a beta of 1.16, suggesting that its stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EnLink Midstream Partners has a beta of 2.08, suggesting that its stock price is 108% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Enbridge Energy Management and EnLink Midstream Partners’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Enbridge Energy Management N/A N/A -$120.10 million ($0.07) -182.86
EnLink Midstream Partners $4.25 billion 1.36 -$565.20 million ($0.23) -71.87

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

Profitability

This table compares Enbridge Energy Management and EnLink Midstream Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Enbridge Energy Management N/A -800.00% -800.00%
EnLink Midstream Partners 0.76% 1.20% 0.53%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

74.7% of Enbridge Energy Management shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 41.6% of EnLink Midstream Partners shares are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of Enbridge Energy Management shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.2% of EnLink Midstream Partners shares are held by insiders. 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.

Summary

EnLink Midstream Partners beats Enbridge Energy Management on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Enbridge Energy Management Company Profile

Enbridge Energy Management, L.L.C. is a limited partner of Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. (the Partnership). The Company owns i-units, a special class of the Partnership’s limited partner interests. The Company manages the business of the Partnership. The Partnership owns and operates crude oil and liquid petroleum transportation and storage assets, and natural gas gathering, treating, processing, transportation and marketing assets in the United States.

EnLink Midstream Partners Company Profile

EnLink Midstream Partners, LP is a midstream company. The Company’s business activities are conducted through its subsidiary, EnLink Midstream Operating, LP (the Operating Partnership) and the subsidiaries of the Operating Partnership. The Company operates through five segments: Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Crude and Condensate, and Corporate. The Company focuses on providing midstream energy services, including gathering, processing, transmission, fractionation, storage, condensate stabilization, brine services and marketing to producers of natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil and condensate. As of December 31, 2016, its midstream energy asset network included approximately 11,000 miles of pipelines, 20 natural gas processing plants, seven fractionators, barge and rail terminals, product storage facilities, purchasing and marketing capabilities, brine disposal wells, a crude oil trucking fleet, and equity investments in certain private midstream companies.

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