TC PipeLines, (NYSE: TCP) and Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE:ETE) are both mid-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

60.6% of TC PipeLines, shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.4% of Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. shares are held by institutional investors. 0.1% of TC PipeLines, shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.3% of Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for TC PipeLines, and Energy Transfer Equity, L.P., as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TC PipeLines, 1 3 1 0 2.00
Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. 0 4 10 0 2.71

TC PipeLines, currently has a consensus target price of $62.75, suggesting a potential upside of 22.53%. Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. has a consensus target price of $20.58, suggesting a potential upside of 15.77%. Given TC PipeLines,’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe TC PipeLines, is more favorable than Energy Transfer Equity, L.P..

Dividends

TC PipeLines, pays an annual dividend of $4.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.8%. Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. pays an annual dividend of $1.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.4%. TC PipeLines, pays out 127.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. pays out 144.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. TC PipeLines, has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years and Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years. TC PipeLines, is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Risk and Volatility

TC PipeLines, has a beta of 0.99, suggesting that its stock price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. has a beta of 1.9, suggesting that its stock price is 90% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares TC PipeLines, and Energy Transfer Equity, L.P.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TC PipeLines, $481.00 million 7.39 $399.00 million $3.13 16.36
Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. $42.15 billion 0.46 $5.53 billion $0.79 22.51

Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. has higher revenue and earnings than TC PipeLines,. TC PipeLines, is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Energy Transfer Equity, L.P., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares TC PipeLines, and Energy Transfer Equity, L.P.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TC PipeLines, 62.63% 19.77% 7.16%
Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. 2.18% 3.79% 1.14%

Summary

TC PipeLines, beats Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

TC PipeLines, Company Profile

TC PipeLines, LP is a master limited partnership. The Company acquires, owns and participates in the management of energy infrastructure businesses in North America. The Company’s pipeline systems transport natural gas in the United States. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had four pipelines and equity ownership interests in three natural gas interstate pipeline systems that are collectively designed to transport approximately 9.1 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas from producing regions and import facilities to market hubs and consuming markets primarily in the Western, Midwestern and Eastern United States. The Company’s pipeline systems include Gas Transmission Northwest LLC (GTN), Bison Pipeline LLC (Bison), North Baja Pipeline, LLC (North Baja), Tuscarora Gas Transmission Company (Tuscarora), Northern Border Pipeline Company (Northern Border), Portland Natural Gas Transmission System (PNGTS), and Great Lakes Gas Transmission Limited Partnership (Great Lakes).

Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. Company Profile

Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (ETE) owns equity interests in Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP) and Sunoco LP, which are engaged in diversified energy-related services. The Company’s segments include Investment in ETP, including the consolidated operations of ETP; Investment in Sunoco LP, including the consolidated operations of Sunoco LP; Investment in Lake Charles LNG, including the operations of Lake Charles LNG, and Corporate and Other. Its Investment in ETP segment includes the ETP’s operations, which include intrastate transportation and storage operations; interstate transportation and storage operations; midstream operations; liquids transportation and services operations; ETP’s Investment in Sunoco Logistics; Retail Marketing operations, and ETP’s other operations and Investments. The Investment in Sunoco LP segment includes wholesale operations and retail operations. Lake Charles LNG owns a LNG import terminal and regasification facility located on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast.

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