Reviewing ONEOK (OKE) & Kinder Morgan (KMI)

ONEOK (NYSE: OKE) and Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI) are both large-cap oil & gas transportation services – nec companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

53.2% of ONEOK shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.0% of Kinder Morgan shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of ONEOK shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 14.0% of Kinder Morgan shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares ONEOK and Kinder Morgan’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ONEOK 3.76% 9.25% 2.53%
Kinder Morgan 10.39% 4.33% 1.93%

Dividends

ONEOK pays an annual dividend of $2.98 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.9%. Kinder Morgan pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. ONEOK pays out 186.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Kinder Morgan pays out 89.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. ONEOK has increased its dividend for 14 consecutive years. ONEOK is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares ONEOK and Kinder Morgan’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ONEOK $8.92 billion 2.18 $352.03 million $1.60 31.67
Kinder Morgan $13.06 billion 2.91 $708.00 million $0.56 30.38

Kinder Morgan has higher revenue and earnings than ONEOK. Kinder Morgan is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ONEOK, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for ONEOK and Kinder Morgan, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ONEOK 0 8 5 0 2.38
Kinder Morgan 0 8 10 0 2.56

ONEOK currently has a consensus target price of $58.42, suggesting a potential upside of 15.29%. Kinder Morgan has a consensus target price of $23.00, suggesting a potential upside of 35.21%. Given Kinder Morgan’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Kinder Morgan is more favorable than ONEOK.

Risk and Volatility

ONEOK has a beta of 1.3, suggesting that its stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kinder Morgan has a beta of 0.65, suggesting that its stock price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Kinder Morgan beats ONEOK on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

ONEOK Company Profile

ONEOK, Inc. is an energy midstream service provider in the United States. The Company owns and operates natural gas liquids (NGL) systems, and is engaged in the gathering, processing, storage and transportation of natural gas. THe Company’s operations include a 38,000-mile integrated network of NGL and natural gas pipelines, processing plants, fractionators and storage facilities in the Mid-Continent, Williston, Permian and Rocky Mountain regions. The Company operates through three business segments. The Natural Gas Gathering and Processing segment provides midstream services to contracted producers in North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Kansas and Oklahoma. The Natural Gas Liquids segment owns and operates facilities that gather, fractionate, treat and distribute NGLs and store NGL products primarily in the Mid-Continental, Permian Basin and the Rocky Mountain regions. The Natural Gas Pipelines segment provides transportation and storage services to end users.

Kinder Morgan Company Profile

Kinder Morgan, Inc. is an energy infrastructure company. It operates through five segments. Its Natural Gas Pipelines segment is engaged in the ownership and operation of interstate and intrastate natural gas pipeline and storage systems, and liquefied natural gas facilities, among others. Its CO2 segment is engaged in the production, transportation and marketing of carbon dioxide (CO2) to oil fields and the ownership and operation of a crude oil pipeline system, among others. Its Terminals segment is engaged in the ownership and/or operation of liquids and bulk terminal facilities located throughout the United States and portions of Canada, and Jones Act tankers. Its Products Pipelines segment is engaged in the ownership and operation of refined petroleum products, natural gas liquids and crude oil and condensate pipelines. Its Kinder Morgan Canada segment is engaged in the ownership and operation of the Trans Mountain pipeline system and Jet Fuel aviation turbine fuel pipeline.

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