Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. (SXL)
Sunoco Logistics transports and stores crude oil and refined petroleum products for customers in major activity centers in the Northeast, Midwest and Gulf Coast regions of the United States. The company also buys crude oil from U.S. domestic producers and sells it to refiners.
Sunoco Logistics Partners LP Co has a market cap of $3.42 billion with a price to earnings ratio of 13.70. For a 52-week period its trading range has been $73.19 to $100.00. It is currently trading at around $99. The company reported second-quarter earnings 2011 as $2.43 billion, an increase from first-quarter earnings of $2.26 billion. Second-quarter net income was $94 million, a substantial increase from first-quarter net income of $48 million. The company is achieving quarterly revenue growth of 51.70%, currently has no return on equity and pays a dividend with a yield of 5.10%.
One of Sunoco Logistics' closest competitors is Plains All American Pipeline L.P. (PAA). Plains All American Pipeline is currently trading at around $65. It has a market cap of $9.76 billion and a price to earnings ratio of 21.67. It has quarterly revenue growth of 44.70%, a return on equity of 12.83%, and pays a dividend with a yield of 6.00%. Based on these performance indicators, both companies are performing on par, although it is noted that Sunoco Logistics does not currently have a return on equity.
Sunoco Logistics' cash position has improved: Its second-quarter 2011 balance sheet showed $6 million in cash, an increase from $2 million in the first quarter. Sunoco Logistics' quarterly revenue growth of 51.70%, versus the industry average of 12.50%, and no return on equity, versus an industry average of 11.30%, indicates that the company is outperforming many of its peers.
The earnings outlook for the Oil and Gas Pipeline industry overall is quite positive and this is being driven by the high demand for oil and gas. When this is combined with the devalued US dollar and better than expected manufacturing sector results, it bodes well for oil and gas suppliers such as Sunoco Logistics.
Based on the positive industry outlook in conjunction with Sunoco Logistics' increased earnings, substantial increase in net income, solid performance indicators and attractive dividend, I rate the company as a buy.