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

Profitability

This table compares Copano Energy and Oneok 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
Oneok Partners 9.82% 11.31% 7.03%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

41.2% of Oneok Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Copano Energy and Oneok Partners, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Copano Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A
Oneok Partners 0 6 2 0 2.25

Oneok Partners has a consensus target price of $51.17, indicating a potential upside of 0.19%.

Dividends

Oneok Partners pays an annual dividend of $3.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.2%. Copano Energy does not pay a dividend. Oneok Partners pays out 137.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Copano Energy and Oneok Partners’ gross 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
Oneok Partners N/A N/A N/A $2.30 22.20

Copano Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Oneok Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Oneok Partners beats Copano Energy on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Oneok Partners Company Profile

ONEOK Partners, L.P. is engaged in gathering, processing, storage and transportation of natural gas in the United States. In addition, the Company owns natural gas liquids (NGL) systems, connecting NGL supply in the Mid-Continent, Permian and Rocky Mountain regions. It operates through three segments: Natural Gas Gathering and Processing, Natural Gas Liquids, and Natural Gas Pipelines. The Natural Gas Gathering and Processing segment provides midstream services to contracted producers in North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Kansas and Oklahoma. Its Natural Gas Liquids segment owned and operated facilities that gathered, fractionated, treated and distributed NGLs and store NGL products, in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, New Mexico and the Rocky Mountain region where it provided midstream services to producers of NGLs and delivered those products to the two primary market centers, one in the Mid-Continent in Conway, and the other in the Gulf Coast in Mont Belvieu, Texas, as of December 31, 2016.

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