Comparing Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. (SPH) & PBF Energy (PBF)

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. (NYSE: SPH) and PBF Energy (NYSE:PBF) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and profitability.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. and PBF Energy’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. $1.15 billion 1.40 $229.21 million $0.45 58.51
PBF Energy $19.03 billion 0.16 $189.02 million ($0.33) -84.00

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. has higher revenue, but lower earnings than PBF Energy. PBF Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Suburban Propane Partners, L.P., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. and PBF Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. 1 1 1 0 2.00
PBF Energy 2 7 4 0 2.15

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. presently has a consensus price target of $27.33, suggesting a potential upside of 3.81%. PBF Energy has a consensus price target of $24.44, suggesting a potential downside of 11.82%. Given Suburban Propane Partners, L.P.’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. is more favorable than PBF Energy.

Profitability

This table compares Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. and PBF Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. 2.46% 4.09% 1.25%
PBF Energy -0.23% -4.98% -1.61%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

25.6% of Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.6% of PBF Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. has a beta of 0.64, suggesting that its share price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PBF Energy has a beta of 1.41, suggesting that its share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. pays an annual dividend of $3.55 per share and has a dividend yield of 13.5%. PBF Energy pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.3%. Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. pays out 788.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. PBF Energy pays out -363.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. PBF Energy has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Summary

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. beats PBF Energy on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Suburban Propane Partners, L.P.

Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. is a marketer and distributor of a range of products. The Company specializes in the distribution of propane, fuel oil and refined fuels, as well as the marketing of natural gas and electricity in deregulated markets. The Company’s segments include Propane, Fuel Oil and Refined Fuels, Natural Gas and Electricity, and All Other. In support of its marketing and distribution operations, the Company installs and services a range of home comfort equipment, particularly in the areas of heating and ventilation. The Company conducts its business through Suburban Propane, L.P., which operates its propane business and assets (the Operating Partnership), and its direct and indirect subsidiaries. As of September 24, 2016, it had sold approximately 414.8 million gallons of propane and 30.9 million gallons of fuel oil and refined fuels to retail customers. The Company owns and operates a propane storage facility in Elk Grove, California.

About PBF Energy

PBF Energy Inc. (PBF Energy) is a holding company. The Company is an independent petroleum refiner and supplier of unbranded transportation fuels, heating oil, petrochemical feedstocks, lubricants and other petroleum products in the United States. The Company operates through two segments: Refining and Logistics. It sells its products throughout the Northeast, Midwest, Gulf Coast and West Coast of the United States, as well as in other regions of the United States and Canada, and ships products to other international destinations. As of December 31, 2016, it owned and operated five domestic oil refineries and related assets. As of December 31, 2016, its refineries had a combined processing capacity, known as throughput, of approximately 900,000 barrels per day (bpd) and a weighted-average Nelson Complexity Index of approximately 12.2. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated five refineries providing geographic and market diversity.

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