Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE: EPD) and Columbia Pipeline Group (NYSE:CPGX) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

38.8% of Enterprise Products Partners L.P. shares are held by institutional investors. 37.5% of Enterprise Products Partners L.P. shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Enterprise Products Partners L.P. and Columbia Pipeline Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Enterprise Products Partners L.P. 0 0 16 0 3.00
Columbia Pipeline Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. presently has a consensus target price of $31.63, suggesting a potential upside of 25.98%. Given Enterprise Products Partners L.P.’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Enterprise Products Partners L.P. is more favorable than Columbia Pipeline Group.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Enterprise Products Partners L.P. and Columbia Pipeline Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Enterprise Products Partners L.P. $26.33 billion 2.05 $5.06 billion $1.27 19.77
Columbia Pipeline Group N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. has higher revenue and earnings than Columbia Pipeline Group.

Dividends

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.7%. Columbia Pipeline Group does not pay a dividend. Enterprise Products Partners L.P. pays out 132.3% 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 raised its dividend for 18 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Enterprise Products Partners L.P. and Columbia Pipeline Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Enterprise Products Partners L.P. 10.28% 12.04% 5.25%
Columbia Pipeline Group 23.76% 7.15% 3.45%

Summary

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. beats Columbia Pipeline Group on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. Company Profile

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (Enterprise) is a provider of midstream energy services to producers and consumers of natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil, petrochemicals and refined products in North America. The Company’s segments include NGL Pipelines & Services; Crude Oil Pipelines & Services; Natural Gas Pipelines & Services, and Petrochemical & Refined Products Services. The Company’s midstream energy operations include natural gas gathering, treating, processing, transportation and storage; NGL transportation, fractionation, storage, and import and export terminals, including liquefied petroleum gas (LPG); crude oil gathering, transportation, storage and terminals; petrochemical and refined products transportation, storage, export and import terminals, and related services, and a marine transportation business that operates primarily on the United States inland and Intracoastal Waterway systems.

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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