Subscribe to Entrepreneur for $5
Subscribe

ONEOK (OKE) Gains From Expansion Efforts, Fee-Based Earnings

ONEOK's (OKE) expansion strategies and higher fee-based earnings are likely to further enhance its existing operations.

By
This story originally appeared on Zacks

ONEOK, Inc. OKE is well-poised to gain from improved fee-based earnings and midstream assets located in the higher productive regions.



The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the company’s 2021 earnings is pegged at $3.31 per share, suggesting growth of 133.10% from the year-ago reported figure. The consensus mark for revenues stands at $15.45 billion, indicating an increase of 80.88% from the prior-year reported number. The long-term (three to five years) earnings growth rate of ONEOK is 5%.

- Zacks

What’s Aiding the Stock?

ONEOK is well-positioned to benefit from long-term fee-based commitments to its Natural Gas Gathering and Processing, and Natural Gas Liquids segments. In fact, it reported more than 90% of its earnings as fee-based in 2020.



It continues to invest in organic growth projects for expansion in the existing operating regions and also provides a broad range of services to crude oil and natural gas producers as well as the end-use markets.



As no single customer contributes more than 10% to ONEOK’s total revenues, this gives stability to its top line. In fact, the loss of one customer is not going to affect the company’s overall performance.

Headwinds

Stringent government regulations and intense competition in the company’s pipeline business are potential growth deterrents. Also, it does not own all the land on which its pipelines are located, which maximizes the risk of incurring elevated expenses to maintain necessary land use.

Zacks Rank & Price Performance

The stock currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). In the past year, shares of the company have surged 117.5% compared with the industry’s 24.6% rise.

One-Year Price Performance

Zacks Investment ResearchImage Source: Zacks Investment Research

Stocks to Consider

A few better-ranked utilities are Otter Tail Corporation OTTR, American States Water Company AWR and California Water Service Group CWT. While Otter Tail flaunts a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), the other two stocks carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) at present. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.



Otter Tail’s long-term (three to five years) earnings growth rate is pegged at 4.7%. The company delivered a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 31.79%, on average.



The Zacks Consensus Estimate for American States Water’s 2021 earnings has been revised 0.4% upward in the past 60 days. The company delivered a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 4.35%, on average.



The Zacks Consensus Estimate for California Water’s 2021 earnings has been revised 1.1% upward in the past 60 days. The company delivered a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 15.36%, on average.



Zacks' Top Picks to Cash in on Artificial Intelligence

In 2021, this world-changing technology is projected to generate $327.5 billion in revenue. Now Shark Tank star and billionaire investor Mark Cuban says AI will create "the world's first trillionaires." Zacks' urgent special report reveals 3 AI picks investors need to know about today.

See 3 Artificial Intelligence Stocks With Extreme Upside Potential>>



Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report

 

ONEOK, Inc. (OKE): Free Stock Analysis Report

 

California Water Service Group (CWT): Free Stock Analysis Report

 

American States Water Company (AWR): Free Stock Analysis Report

 

Otter Tail Corporation (OTTR): Free Stock Analysis Report

 

To read this article on Zacks.com click here.