Comparing Cone Midstream Partners (CNNX) & Copano Energy (CPNO)

Cone Midstream Partners (NYSE: CNNX) and Copano Energy (NASDAQ:CPNO) are both energy companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.


Cone Midstream Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.21 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.0%. Copano Energy does not pay a dividend. Cone Midstream Partners pays out 71.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Cone Midstream Partners and Copano Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cone Midstream Partners 0 4 4 0 2.50
Copano Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A

Cone Midstream Partners presently has a consensus price target of $22.86, suggesting a potential upside of 31.82%.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

37.2% of Cone Midstream Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. 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.


This table compares Cone Midstream Partners and Copano Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cone Midstream Partners 48.40% 15.22% 12.15%
Copano Energy N/A N/A N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cone Midstream Partners and Copano Energy’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cone Midstream Partners $239.21 million 2.50 $96.48 million $1.70 10.20
Copano Energy N/A N/A N/A ($2.39) N/A

Cone Midstream Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Copano Energy. Copano Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cone Midstream Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Cone Midstream Partners beats Copano Energy on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cone Midstream Partners Company Profile

CONE Midstream Partners LP is a master limited partnership formed by CONSOL Energy Inc. (CONSOL) and Noble Energy, Inc. (Noble Energy). The Company owns, operates, develops and acquires natural gas gathering and other midstream energy assets to service CONSOL’s and Noble Energy’s production in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Its assets include natural gas gathering pipelines and compression and dehydration facilities, as well as condensate gathering, collection, separation and stabilization facilities. It operates through three segments: Anchor Systems, Growth Systems and Additional Systems. Its Anchor Systems include developed midstream systems, including its three midstream systems (the McQuay System, the Majorsville System and the Mamont System) and related assets. Its Growth Systems are located in the dry gas regions of its dedicated acreage. Its Additional Systems include various gathering systems located in the wet gas regions of its dedicated acreage.

Copano Energy Company Profile

Copano Energy, L.L.C. (Copano) is an energy company engaged in the business of providing midstream services to natural gas producers, including gathering, transportation and processing of natural gas, fractionation and transportation of natural gas liquids (NGLs) and other related services. Copano’s assets are located in Texas, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Louisiana, and include approximately 6,800 miles of active natural gas gathering and transmission pipelines, and 10 natural gas processing plants, with over one billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of combined processing capacity. In addition to the natural gas pipelines, it operates 380 miles of NGL pipelines. Copano operates in three segments: Texas, Oklahoma and Rocky Mountains. In May 2013, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP acquired the entire share capital of Copano Energy LLC.

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