Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. (NYSE: PAA) and Columbia Pipeline Group (NYSE:CPGX) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, institutional ownership and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. and Columbia Pipeline Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

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

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. currently has a consensus price target of $27.32, indicating a potential upside of 34.96%.

Profitability

This table compares Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. and Columbia Pipeline Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. 4.42% 10.14% 3.41%
Columbia Pipeline Group 23.76% 7.15% 3.45%

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. $20.18 billion 0.73 $726.00 million $1.33 15.22
Columbia Pipeline Group N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. has higher revenue and earnings than Columbia Pipeline Group.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

41.8% 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 large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. pays an annual dividend of $2.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.9%. 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.

Summary

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. beats Columbia Pipeline Group on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

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.

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