Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. (NASDAQ: BKEP) and Sunoco Logistics Partners (NYSE:ETP) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. and Sunoco Logistics Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. 12.71% -12.45% 7.23%
Sunoco Logistics Partners 3.57% 4.67% 2.04%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. and Sunoco Logistics Partners, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. 0 0 1 0 3.00
Sunoco Logistics Partners 0 2 12 0 2.86

Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. currently has a consensus target price of $7.20, suggesting a potential upside of 22.03%. Sunoco Logistics Partners has a consensus target price of $28.46, suggesting a potential upside of 56.90%. Given Sunoco Logistics Partners’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Sunoco Logistics Partners is more favorable than Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C..

Dividends

Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. pays an annual dividend of $0.58 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.8%. Sunoco Logistics Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.1%. Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. pays out -446.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Sunoco Logistics Partners pays out 440.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Sunoco Logistics Partners has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years. Sunoco Logistics Partners is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

57.5% of Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.5% of Sunoco Logistics Partners shares are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.2% of Sunoco Logistics Partners shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. has a beta of 0.83, indicating that its share price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sunoco Logistics Partners has a beta of 0.97, indicating that its share price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. and Sunoco Logistics Partners’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. $183.18 million 1.23 $65.50 million ($0.13) -45.38
Sunoco Logistics Partners $25.53 billion 0.78 $4.81 billion $0.50 36.28

Sunoco Logistics Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C.. Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Sunoco Logistics Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Sunoco Logistics Partners beats Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C. on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., L.L.C.

Blueknight Energy Partners, L.P. is a master limited partnership company. The Company manages its operations through four segments: asphalt terminaling services, crude oil terminaling and storage services, crude oil pipeline services, and crude oil trucking and producer field services. Asphalt terminaling services segment operations generally consist of fee based activities associated with providing storage, terminaling and throughput services for asphalt product and residual fuel oil. Crude oil terminaling and storage segment operations generally consist of fee based activities associated with providing storage, terminaling, and throughput services for crude oil. Crude oil pipeline services segment operations generally consist of fee-based activity associated with transporting crude oil products on pipelines. Crude oil trucking and producer field services segment operations generally consist of fee-based activity associated with transporting crude oil products on trucks.

About Sunoco Logistics Partners

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., formerly Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P., owns and operates a logistics business. The Company is engaged in the transport, terminaling and storage of crude oil, refined products and natural gas liquids (NGLs). The Company’s segments include Crude Oil, Natural Gas Liquids and Refined Products. In addition to logistics services, it also owns acquisition and marketing assets. The Crude Oil segment provides transportation, terminaling and acquisition and marketing services to crude oil markets throughout the southwest, midwest and northeastern United States. The Natural Gas Liquids segment transports, stores, and executes acquisition and marketing activities utilizing a network of pipelines, storage and blending facilities, and strategic off-take locations that provide access to multiple NGL markets. The Refined Products segment provides transportation and terminaling services, using refined products pipelines and refined products marketing terminals.

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