Analyst ratings for NuStar Energy
In this article, we’ll look at what Wall Street analysts recommend for NuStar Energy (NS). At a broader level, ~88.9% of analysts rate NuStar Energy a “hold” and the remaining ~11.1% rate it a “buy.”
The median broker target price of $44 for NuStar Energy implies a ~36.0% price return in the next 12 months from its February 3, 2016, closing price of $33.50. Peers Sunoco Logistics Partners (SXL) and Genesis Energy (GEL) have “buy” ratings from 62.5% and 60.0% of analysts, respectively. Plus, 72.7% of analysts rate Rose Rock Midstream Partners (RRMS) a “hold.” NS forms 0.62% of the Multi-Asset Diversified Income Index ETF (MDIV).
Outlook for NuStar Energy
Investors can consider the following positives and negatives before they decide to include NuStar Energy (NS) as a long-term investment.
- impressive distribution coverage of 1.05x
- strong storage lease utilization of 93%
- growing refining product throughput volumes
- Crude export opportunities. NuStar Energy and ConocoPhillips announced that they loaded the “first export cargo of U.S.-produced light crude oil since the 40-year-old ban was lifted on December 18.”
- Declining Eagle Ford production affects NuStar Energy’s crude throughput volumes. However, according to the company’s CEO, Bradley Barron, “The Eagle Ford portion of our business is a narrow slice of our operation and comprises less than 20% of our total 2015 segment EBITDA. Throughputs in these Eagle Ford pipeline and storage assets were down only 18% in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to the record throughput levels we’ve reached in the first quarter of the year.”
- NuStar Energy’s fuel marketing business is not doing well due to declining margins in the current low price environment.
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