Columbia Pipeline Group (NYSE: CPGX) and Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (NYSE:PAA) are both large-cap oil & gas transportation services – nec companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability and earnings.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Columbia Pipeline Group and Plains All American Pipeline, L.P.’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Columbia Pipeline Group N/A N/A N/A $0.72 35.40
Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. $20.18 billion 0.75 $726.00 million $1.33 15.62

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. has higher revenue and earnings than Columbia Pipeline Group. Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Columbia Pipeline Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Columbia Pipeline Group and Plains All American Pipeline, L.P.’s 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%
Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. 4.42% 10.14% 3.41%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Columbia Pipeline Group and Plains All American Pipeline, L.P., as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Columbia Pipeline Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. 0 14 8 0 2.36

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. has a consensus price target of $27.32, suggesting a potential upside of 31.52%. Given Plains All American Pipeline, L.P.’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. is more favorable than Columbia Pipeline Group.

Dividends

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. pays an annual dividend of $2.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.6%. Columbia Pipeline Group does not pay a dividend. Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. pays out 165.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

41.5% of Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. beats Columbia Pipeline Group on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Columbia Pipeline Group

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.

About Plains All American Pipeline, L.P.

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. owns and operates midstream energy infrastructure and provide logistics services for crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGL), natural gas and refined products. The Company operates through three segments: Transportation, Facilities, and Supply and Logistics. The Company’s transportation segment operations consist of activities associated with transporting crude oil and NGL on pipelines, gathering systems, trucks and barges. Its Facilities segment operations consist of activities associated with providing storage, terminaling and throughput services for crude oil, refined products, NGL and natural gas, as well as NGL fractionation and isomerization services and natural gas and condensate processing services. Its supply and logistics segment operations consist of the merchant-related activities, including the purchase of the United States and Canadian crude oil at the wellhead, the bulk purchase of crude oil at pipeline, terminal and rail facilities.

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