Columbia Pipeline Partners (NYSE: CPPL) is one of 53 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Columbia Pipeline Partners to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and profitability.

Volatility and Risk

Columbia Pipeline Partners has a beta of 0.86, suggesting that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Columbia Pipeline Partners’ competitors have a beta of 1.39, suggesting that their average stock price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Columbia Pipeline Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.79 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.6%. Columbia Pipeline Partners pays out 112.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 6.4% and pay out 172.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Columbia Pipeline Partners and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Columbia Pipeline Partners N/A N/A 24.50
Columbia Pipeline Partners Competitors $5.66 billion $1.31 billion 37.93

Columbia Pipeline Partners’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Columbia Pipeline Partners. Columbia Pipeline Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Columbia Pipeline Partners and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Columbia Pipeline Partners 0 2 0 0 2.00
Columbia Pipeline Partners Competitors 266 1720 2314 82 2.50

Columbia Pipeline Partners presently has a consensus price target of $17.00, suggesting a potential downside of 0.87%. As a group, “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies have a potential upside of 17.79%. Given Columbia Pipeline Partners’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Columbia Pipeline Partners has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

88.2% of Columbia Pipeline Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.2% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 9.3% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Columbia Pipeline Partners and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Columbia Pipeline Partners 6.40% 0.92% 0.84%
Columbia Pipeline Partners Competitors 16.87% 14.36% 5.47%

Summary

Columbia Pipeline Partners competitors beat Columbia Pipeline Partners on 11 of the 13 factors compared.

Columbia Pipeline Partners Company Profile

Columbia Pipeline Partners LP (the Partnership) is a limited partnership company operating a portfolio of pipelines, storage and related midstream assets. It is engaged in interstate gas transportation and storage services for local distribution companies (LDCs), marketers 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. The Company owns, operates and develops a portfolio of pipelines, storage and related midstream assets. The Company has a general partner interest in CPG OpCo LP (Columbia OpCo), as well as a limited partner interest in Columbia OpCo, a limited partnership that owns the natural gas transmission and storage assets of Columbia Energy Group (CEG).

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