Williams Partners L.P. operates as an energy infrastructure company. It operates through Central, Northeast G&P, Atlantic-Gulf, West, and NGL & Petchem Services segments. The Central segment provides gathering, treating, and compression services to producers in the Barnett shale region of north-central Texas, the Eagle Ford shale region of south Texas, the Haynesville shale region of northwest Louisiana, and the Mid-Continent region. The Northeast G&P segment engages in the midstream gathering and processing, and NGL fractionation businesses in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, and Ohio. The Atlantic-Gulf segment is involved in the interstate natural gas pipeline; and natural gas gathering and processing, and crude oil production handling and transportation activities in the Gulf Coast region. The West segment engages in the natural gas gathering, processing, and treating operations in New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming, as well as operates the interstate natural gas pipeline and the Northwest Pipeline. The NGL & Petchem Services segment engages in the operation of an olefins production facility in Geismar, Louisiana; a refinery grade propylene splitter, and various petrochemical and feedstock pipelines in the Gulf Coast region; an oil sands offgas processing plant near Fort McMurray, Alberta; a (natural gas liquids) NGL/olefin fractionation facility; and storage facilities and an NGL fractionator near Conway, Kansas, as well as NGL and natural gas marketing business. WPZ GP LLC serves as the general partner of the company. The company was founded in 2005 and is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Williams Partners L.P. is a subsidiary of The Williams Companies, Inc.
Business Analysis of Williams Partners
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- Revenue Growth: Williams Partners reported a revenue growth of 2.2% year-on-year during 2016. Oil & Gas Distribution Industry grew at -12.3% in the same period
- COGS share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Williams Partners spent 43.7% of its total revenues on COGS. Oil & Gas Distribution industry average (COGS share of revenue) in the same period was 75.2%
- R&D share of Revenues: Williams Partners R&D share of Revenues details are not available because either company does not share the data or we do not have it
- SG&A share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Williams Partners spent 8.4% of its total revenues on Sales, Marketing, and General Administration (SG&A). Oil & Gas Distribution industry average SG&A spending in the same period was 3.7%
- Inventory share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Williams Partners spent 1.8% of its total revenues on Inventories. Oil & Gas Distribution industry average Inventory spending in the same period was 4.8%
- Accounts Payable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Williams Partners invested 9.3% of its total revenues on Accounts Payable (A/P) Oil & Gas Distribution industry average Accounts Payable investment in the same period was 10.1%
- Accounts Receivable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Williams Partners invested 12.4% of its total revenues on Accounts Receivable (A/R). Oil & Gas Distribution industry average Accounts Receivable investment in the same period was 10.6%
- PP&E share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Williams Partners invested 374.1% of its total revenues on Property, Plants, and Equipments (PP&E). Oil & Gas Distribution industry average PPE investment in the same period was 155.8%
- Intangibles share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, Williams Partners invested 129.0% of its total revenues on Intangibles. Oil & Gas Distribution industry average Intangibles investment in the same period was 39.0%
- Net Margins: Williams Partners Net Margins in the year 2016 were 5.8%. Oil & Gas Distribution industry average Net Margins in the same period were 3.9%
Sector and Industry Association of Williams Partners
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Williams Partners is associated with Oil & Gas Sector and Oil & Gas Distribution Industry.
Oil & Gas sector is comprised of the following industries: Oil & Gas Production; Oil & Gas Distribution; Oil & Gas Equipment and Services; Alternative Energy. The definitions for each of the industries is as follows:
- Oil & Gas Production industry includes companies primarily engaged in operating oil & gas properties. Key activities may include exploration for crude petroleum and natural gas; drilling, completing, and equipping wells; and all other activities in the preparation of oil and gas up to the point of shipment from the producing property. It also includes companies engaged in crude petroleum refining and producing gasoline, kerosene, distillate fuel oils, residual fuel oils, and lubricants, through fractionation or straight distillation of crude oil.
- Oil & Gas Distribution industry includes companies primarily engaged in the pipeline transportation of petroleum, natural gas, and other commodities. It also includes companies primarily engaged in the wholesale and retail distribution of petroleum and petroleum products.
- Oil & Gas Equipment and Services industry includes companies primarily engaged in drilling wells for oil or gas field operations for others on a contract or fee basis. It also includes companies providing exploration services and machinery & equipment for oil and gas field operations.
- Alternative Energy industry includes companies that develop or manufacture renewable energy equipment utilizing sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, and waves. It also includes companies that produce alternative fuels such as methanol, ethanol, hydrogen and biofuels that are mainly used to power vehicles.
Industry Ranking of Williams Partners
With $7.5 billion revenues, Williams Partners ranked number 15 of all the companies in the US Oil & Gas Distribution industry. There were a total of 69 public companies in the US Oil & Gas Distribution industry that had revenues greater than $50 million during 2016.
The top-10 companies in the US Oil & Gas Distribution industry by revenues during 2016 were:
- Energy Transfer Equity ($37.5 billion)
- World Fuel ($27 billion)
- Enterprise Products Partners ($23 billion)
- Energy Transfer Partners ($21.8 billion)
- Plains All American Pipeline ($20.2 billion)
- Plains GP Holdings ($20.2 billion)
- Sunoco ($15.7 billion)
- Kinder Morgan ($13.1 billion)
- NGL Energy Partners ($11.7 billion)
- Sunoco Logistics ($9.2 billion)
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