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

Dividends

Antero Midstream Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. Copano Energy does not pay a dividend. Antero Midstream Partners pays out 95.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Copano Energy N/A N/A N/A ($2.39) N/A
Antero Midstream Partners $590.21 million 9.04 $236.70 million $1.43 19.99

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Copano Energy N/A N/A N/A
Antero Midstream Partners 38.18% 19.38% 10.52%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Copano Energy and Antero Midstream Partners, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Copano Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A
Antero Midstream Partners 0 0 13 0 3.00

Antero Midstream Partners has a consensus target price of $39.25, indicating a potential upside of 37.33%.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

49.4% of Antero Midstream Partners shares are held by institutional investors. 7.9% of Antero Midstream Partners shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Antero Midstream Partners beats Copano Energy on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Copano Energy

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.

About Antero Midstream Partners

Antero Midstream Partners LP is a limited partnership formed by Antero Resources Corporation (Antero Resources) to own, operate and develop midstream energy assets to service Antero Resources’ production. The Company’s segments include gathering and compression, and water handling and treatment. The gathering and compression segment includes a network of gathering pipelines, compressor stations, and processing and fractionation plants that collect and process natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs) and oil from Antero Resources’ wells in West Virginia and Ohio. Its water handling and treatment segment includes two independent fresh water distribution systems from sources including the Ohio River, local reservoirs, as well as several regional waterways. The water handling and treatment segment also includes other fluid handling services which includes, high rate transfer, wastewater transportation, disposal and treatment.

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