Enable Midstream Partners, (NYSE: ENBL) and Columbia Pipeline Group (NYSE:CPGX) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.

Dividends

Enable Midstream Partners, pays an annual dividend of $1.27 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.0%. Columbia Pipeline Group does not pay a dividend. Enable Midstream Partners, pays out 147.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Columbia Pipeline Group has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Enable Midstream Partners, and Columbia Pipeline Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Enable Midstream Partners, 15.20% 5.19% 3.43%
Columbia Pipeline Group 23.76% 7.15% 3.45%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Enable Midstream Partners, and Columbia Pipeline Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Enable Midstream Partners, 1 3 3 0 2.29
Columbia Pipeline Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Enable Midstream Partners, presently has a consensus target price of $17.05, indicating a potential upside of 7.64%. Given Enable Midstream Partners,’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Enable Midstream Partners, is more favorable than Columbia Pipeline Group.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

18.0% of Enable Midstream Partners, shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Enable Midstream Partners, and Columbia Pipeline Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Enable Midstream Partners, $2.53 billion 2.71 $846.00 million $0.86 18.42
Columbia Pipeline Group N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Enable Midstream Partners, has higher revenue and earnings than Columbia Pipeline Group.

Enable Midstream Partners, Company Profile

Enable Midstream Partners LP owns, operates and develops midstream energy infrastructure assets strategically located to serve its customers. The Company operates in two business segments: Gathering and Processing, and Transportation and Storage. Its gathering and processing segment primarily provides natural gas and crude oil gathering and natural gas processing services to its producer customers. Its transportation and storage segment provides interstate and intrastate natural gas pipeline transportation and storage services primarily to its producer, power plant, Local distribution company (LDC) and industrial end user customers. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated natural gas and crude oil gathering and natural gas processing assets in five states. As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated interstate and intrastate transportation and storage systems across nine states.

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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