Energy Transfer (ET) and Its Rivals Head-To-Head Review

Energy Transfer (NYSE: ET) is one of 35 public companies in the “Natural gas transmission” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Energy Transfer to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, risk and analyst recommendations.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Energy Transfer and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Energy Transfer $40.52 billion $915.00 million 12.26
Energy Transfer Competitors $6.29 billion $571.06 million 38.83

Energy Transfer has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Energy Transfer is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

44.1% of Energy Transfer shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.8% of shares of all “Natural gas transmission” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.3% of Energy Transfer shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 6.7% of shares of all “Natural gas transmission” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Energy Transfer and its competitors, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Energy Transfer 0 0 0 0 N/A
Energy Transfer Competitors 438 1715 2235 84 2.44

As a group, “Natural gas transmission” companies have a potential downside of 60.95%. Given Energy Transfer’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Energy Transfer has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.


Energy Transfer pays an annual dividend of $1.22 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.2%. Energy Transfer pays out 100.8% 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, “Natural gas transmission” companies pay a dividend yield of 7.7% and pay out 143.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Energy Transfer is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Volatility and Risk

Energy Transfer has a beta of 1.91, indicating that its stock price is 91% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Energy Transfer’s competitors have a beta of 1.60, indicating that their average stock price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Energy Transfer and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Energy Transfer 2.60% 5.50% 1.85%
Energy Transfer Competitors 16.82% 13.64% 7.09%


Energy Transfer competitors beat Energy Transfer on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Energy Transfer

Energy Transfer LP provides diversified energy-related services in the United States. It owns and operates approximately 7,900 miles of natural gas transportation pipelines and three natural gas storage facilities in Texas; and approximately 11,800 miles of interstate natural gas pipelines. The company sells natural gas to electric utilities, independent power plants, local distribution companies, industrial end-users, and other marketing companies. It owns and operates natural gas and natural gas liquid (NGL) gathering pipelines, as well as natural gas processing plants, treating facilities, and conditioning facilities in Texas, New Mexico, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana; natural gas gathering, oil pipeline, and oil stabilization facilities in South Texas; a natural gas gathering system in Ohio; and transportation and supply of water to natural gas producers in Pennsylvania. The company also owns approximately 4,300 miles of NGL pipelines, 5 NGL and propane fractionation facilities, and NGL storage facilities with aggregate working storage capacity of approximately 53 million barrels. It also sells gasoline, middle distillates, and motor fuel at retail, as well as crude oil, NGLs, and refined products; operates convenience stores; and distributes motor fuels and other petroleum products. The company provides natural gas compression services; treating services, such as carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide removal, natural gas cooling, dehydration, and British thermal unit management services; and manages coal and natural resources properties, as well as sells standing timber, leases coal-related infrastructure facilities, collects oil and gas royalties, and generates a total of 75 megawatts electrical power. The company was formerly known as Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. and changed its name to Energy Transfer LP in October 2018. The company was founded in 2002 and is based in Dallas, Texas.

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