Tc Pipelines (NYSE:TRP) and National Grid (NYSE:NGG) are both large-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, risk and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Tc Pipelines and National Grid, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tc Pipelines 1 4 6 0 2.45
National Grid 0 3 3 0 2.50

Tc Pipelines presently has a consensus price target of $51.80, suggesting a potential upside of 28.38%. Given Tc Pipelines’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Tc Pipelines is more favorable than National Grid.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

61.9% of Tc Pipelines shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 5.5% of National Grid shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Tc Pipelines and National Grid’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tc Pipelines 25.58% 13.43% 3.65%
National Grid N/A N/A N/A

Risk & Volatility

Tc Pipelines has a beta of 0.62, indicating that its stock price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, National Grid has a beta of 0.22, indicating that its stock price is 78% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Tc Pipelines pays an annual dividend of $2.13 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.3%. National Grid pays an annual dividend of $2.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.0%. Tc Pipelines pays out 89.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. National Grid pays out 53.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Tc Pipelines has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years. Tc Pipelines is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Tc Pipelines and National Grid’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tc Pipelines $10.37 billion 3.56 $2.44 billion $2.38 16.95
National Grid $20.22 billion 1.76 $4.71 billion $3.93 13.47

National Grid has higher revenue and earnings than Tc Pipelines. National Grid is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Tc Pipelines, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Tc Pipelines beats National Grid on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Tc Pipelines

TransCanada Corporation operates as an energy infrastructure company in North America. It operates through Canadian Natural Gas Pipelines, U.S. Natural Gas Pipelines, Mexico Natural Gas Pipelines, Liquids Pipelines, and Energy segments. The company transports natural gas to local distribution companies, power generation and individual facilities, interconnecting pipelines, and other businesses. It owns and operates a network of 80,800 km of wholly-owned natural gas pipelines and 11,100 km of partially-owned natural gas pipelines; and regulated natural gas storage facilities with a total working gas capacity of 535 Bcf. The company also owns and operates Keystone pipeline system of 4,324 km for the transportation of crude oil from Hardisty, Alberta to Wood River and Patoka in Illinois; Cushing, Oklahoma; and the U.S. Gulf Coast. In addition, it operates terminal and pipeline facilities to transport crude oil from the market hub at Cushing, Oklahoma to the U.S. Gulf Coast refining markets. Further, the company owns, controls, and develops approximately 7,000 MW of generation capacity powered by natural gas, nuclear, and wind assets; and owns and operates regulated and unregulated natural gas storage facilities. It also operates 11 power generation facilities and 118 Bcf of non-regulated natural gas storage facilities in Alberta, Ontario, Qu├ębec, and New Brunswick in Canada, as well as in Arizona. TransCanada Corporation was founded in 1951 and is headquartered in Calgary, Canada.

About National Grid

National Grid Plc engages in the transmission and distribution of electricity and gas. It operates through the following segments: UK Electricity Transmission, UK Gas Transmission, and U.S. Regulated. The UK Electricity Transmission segment engages in electricity transmission in England and Wales. The UK Gas Transmission segment owns and operates the gas national transmission system in Great Britain, with day-to-day responsibility for balancing demand. The U.S. Regulated segment owns and operates electricity distribution networks in upstate New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. The company was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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