Columbia Pipeline Group (NYSE: CPGX) is one of 50 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Columbia Pipeline Group to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares Columbia Pipeline Group and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Columbia Pipeline Group 23.76% 7.15% 3.45%
Columbia Pipeline Group Competitors 18.52% 88.30% 5.97%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Columbia Pipeline Group and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Columbia Pipeline Group N/A N/A 35.40
Columbia Pipeline Group Competitors $4.88 billion $288.25 million 18.16

Columbia Pipeline Group’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Columbia Pipeline Group. Columbia Pipeline Group is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

Columbia Pipeline Group pays an annual dividend of $0.54 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Columbia Pipeline Group pays out 75.0% 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, “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 6.8% and pay out 149.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Columbia Pipeline Group and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Columbia Pipeline Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Columbia Pipeline Group Competitors 306 1835 2416 86 2.49

As a group, “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies have a potential upside of 25.44%. Given Columbia Pipeline Group’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Columbia Pipeline Group has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

54.6% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 9.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Columbia Pipeline Group peers beat Columbia Pipeline Group on 7 of the 9 factors compared.

Columbia Pipeline Group Company Profile

Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. owns, operates and develops a portfolio of pipelines, storage and related midstream assets. The Company is engaged in regulated gas transportation and storage services for local distribution companies (LDCs), marketers, producers, and industrial and commercial customers located in northeastern, mid-Atlantic, Midwestern and southern states and the District of Columbia, along with unregulated businesses that include midstream services, including gathering, treating, conditioning, processing, compression and liquids handling, and development of mineral rights positions. Its segment consists of portfolio of pipelines, storage and related midstream assets. It owns approximately 15,000 miles of strategically located interstate gas pipelines extending from New York to the Gulf of Mexico and an underground natural gas storage system with approximately 300 million dekatherms (MMDth) of working gas capacity, as well as related gathering and processing assets.

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