Boardwalk Pipeline Partners (NYSE: BWP) is one of 49 publicly-traded companies in the “OIL/GAS PROD/PIPEL” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Boardwalk Pipeline Partners to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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93.7% of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.6% of shares of all “OIL/GAS PROD/PIPEL” companies are owned by institutional investors. 12.4% of shares of all “OIL/GAS PROD/PIPEL” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners 22.46% 7.38% 3.92%
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners Competitors 21.70% 3.57% 6.08%

Risk & Volatility

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners has a beta of 0.66, suggesting that its stock price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners’ peers have a beta of 1.16, suggesting that their average stock price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. Boardwalk Pipeline Partners pays out 34.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “OIL/GAS PROD/PIPEL” companies pay a dividend yield of 8.5% and pay out 193.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Boardwalk Pipeline Partners and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners 1 3 3 0 2.29
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners Competitors 488 2016 2483 89 2.43

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners presently has a consensus price target of $18.43, suggesting a potential upside of 75.18%. As a group, “OIL/GAS PROD/PIPEL” companies have a potential upside of 37.14%. Given Boardwalk Pipeline Partners’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Boardwalk Pipeline Partners is more favorable than its peers.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Boardwalk Pipeline Partners and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners $1.32 billion $297.00 million 9.07
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners Competitors $6.65 billion $474.67 million 21.24

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Boardwalk Pipeline Partners. Boardwalk Pipeline Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners peers beat Boardwalk Pipeline Partners on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners Company Profile

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP is a limited partnership company. The Company’s business includes integrated natural gas and natural gas liquids, and other hydrocarbons (referred to together as NGLs) pipeline and storage systems. The Company is engaged in the operation of interstate natural gas and NGLs pipeline systems, and integrated storage facilities, including interstate natural gas pipeline systems located in the Gulf Coast region, Oklahoma, Arkansas and the Midwestern states of Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, and its NGLs pipelines and storage facilities in Louisiana and Texas. The Company conducts business through its subsidiary, Boardwalk Pipelines, LP (Boardwalk Pipelines), and its subsidiaries, Gulf South Pipeline Company, LP, Texas Gas Transmission, LLC, Gulf Crossing Pipeline Company LLC, Boardwalk Louisiana Midstream, LLC, Boardwalk Petrochemical Pipeline, LLC and Boardwalk Field Services, LLC.

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