Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ: EROC) and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P. (NYSE:BWP) are both energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings and dividends.

Dividends

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P. pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. does not pay a dividend. Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P. pays out 36.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. -107.85% -31.24% -15.37%
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P. 20.78% 7.14% 3.75%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P.’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P. $1.34 billion 2.76 $829.90 million $1.10 13.41

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P. has higher revenue and earnings than Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P..

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.0% of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P. 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P., as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. 0 0 0 0 N/A
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P. 0 2 1 0 2.33

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P. has a consensus price target of $23.67, indicating a potential upside of 60.45%. Given Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P.’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P. is more favorable than Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P..

Summary

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P. beats Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P.

Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P. is a limited partnership engaged in developing and producing oil and natural gas properties. The Company’s interests include operated and non-operated wells located in four oil and gas producing regions: The Mid-Continent region consists of operated and non-operated properties in the Golden Trend field, Cana (Woodford) shale play, Verden field and other fields located in the Anadarko Basin of western Oklahoma, the Mansfield field and other fields in the Arkoma Basin of Arkansas and Oklahoma, and various fields in the Texas Panhandle; The Alabama region includes the Big Escambia Creek, Flomaton and Fanny Church fields located in Escambia County, Alabama; The Permian region contains various fields, including Ward South and Ward-Estes North located in Ward, Pecos and Crane Counties, Texas, and East Texas/South Texas/Mississippi. These working interest properties included over 561 gross operated productive wells and over 1,217 gross non-operated wells.

About Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P.

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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