Shell Midstream Partners (SHLX) vs. Columbia Pipeline Group (CPGX) Head-To-Head Contrast

Shell Midstream Partners (NYSE: SHLX) and Columbia Pipeline Group (NYSE:CPGX) are both oil & gas transportation services – nec companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Shell Midstream Partners and Columbia Pipeline Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Shell Midstream Partners 85.14% 3,826.80% 27.98%
Columbia Pipeline Group 23.76% 7.15% 3.45%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Shell Midstream Partners and Columbia Pipeline Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Shell Midstream Partners $291.30 million 16.88 $244.90 million $1.26 20.79
Columbia Pipeline Group N/A N/A N/A $0.72 35.40

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

53.3% of Shell Midstream Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Shell Midstream Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.27 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. Columbia Pipeline Group pays an annual dividend of $0.54 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Shell Midstream Partners pays out 100.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Columbia Pipeline Group pays out 75.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Shell Midstream Partners has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years and Columbia Pipeline Group has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Shell Midstream Partners and Columbia Pipeline Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Shell Midstream Partners 0 3 3 0 2.50
Columbia Pipeline Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Shell Midstream Partners currently has a consensus price target of $32.33, suggesting a potential upside of 23.46%. Given Shell Midstream Partners’ higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Shell Midstream Partners is more favorable than Columbia Pipeline Group.

Summary

Shell Midstream Partners beats Columbia Pipeline Group on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Shell Midstream Partners Company Profile

Shell Midstream Partners, L.P. is a master limited partnership company, which owns, operates, develops and acquires pipelines and other midstream assets. The Company conducts its operations through its subsidiary, Shell Midstream Operating, LLC. Its assets consist of interests in entities that own crude oil and refined products pipelines serving as key infrastructure to transport onshore and offshore crude oil production to Gulf Coast and Midwest refining markets and to deliver refined products from those markets to demand centers. As of December 31, 2016, it owned interests in seven crude oil pipeline systems, three refined products systems, one natural gas gathering pipeline system and a crude tank storage and terminal system. Its pipeline and terminal systems include Zydeco crude oil system, Auger crude oil system, Mars crude oil system, Bengal product system, Poseidon crude oil system, Odyssey crude oil system, Proteus crude oil system and Endymion crude oil system.

Columbia Pipeline Group Company Profile

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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