Reviewing Western Gas Partners, (WES) and The Competition

Western Gas Partners, (NYSE: WES) is one of 40 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Western Gas Partners, to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Western Gas Partners, pays an annual dividend of $3.62 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.1%. Western Gas Partners, pays out 272.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.4% and pay out 324.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Western Gas Partners, has raised its dividend for 9 consecutive years. Western Gas Partners, is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares Western Gas Partners, and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Western Gas Partners, 26.41% 14.68% 7.24%
Western Gas Partners, Competitors -1.41% 4.04% 1.57%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Western Gas Partners, and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Western Gas Partners, 1 3 7 0 2.55
Western Gas Partners, Competitors 362 1807 2461 113 2.49

Western Gas Partners, currently has a consensus target price of $60.30, indicating a potential upside of 35.17%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies have a potential upside of 6.65%. Given Western Gas Partners,’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Western Gas Partners, is more favorable than its rivals.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

61.7% of Western Gas Partners, shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.4% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.0% of Western Gas Partners, shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.0% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Western Gas Partners, and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Western Gas Partners, $1.80 billion $591.33 million 33.54
Western Gas Partners, Competitors $40.28 billion $685.70 million 324.85

Western Gas Partners,’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Western Gas Partners,. Western Gas Partners, is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility & Risk

Western Gas Partners, has a beta of 1.18, meaning that its stock price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Western Gas Partners,’s rivals have a beta of 1.35, meaning that their average stock price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Western Gas Partners, beats its rivals on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Western Gas Partners,

Western Gas Partners, LP is a master limited partnership (MLP) that acquires, owns, develops and operates midstream energy assets. The Company is engaged in the business of gathering, processing, compressing, treating and transporting natural gas, condensate, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and crude oil in the United States. The Company provides midstream services for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (Anadarko), as well as for third-party producers and customers. The Company’s operations and activities are managed by its general partner, which is indirectly controlled by Anadarko through Western Gas Equity Partners, LP (WGP). As of December 31, 2016, its assets and investments consisted of gathering systems, treating facilities, natural gas processing plants/trains, NGL pipelines, natural gas pipelines and oil pipelines. These assets and investments are located in the Rocky Mountains (Colorado, Utah and Wyoming), North-central Pennsylvania and Texas.

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