Head-To-Head Analysis: QEP Midstream Partners (QEPM) & Columbia Pipeline Group (CPGX)

QEP Midstream Partners (NYSE: QEPM) and Columbia Pipeline Group (NYSE:CPGX) are both energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, valuation, earnings and dividends.

Dividends

Columbia Pipeline Group pays an annual dividend of $0.54 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. QEP Midstream Partners does not pay a dividend. 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. QEP Midstream Partners has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for QEP Midstream Partners and Columbia Pipeline Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

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

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares QEP Midstream Partners and Columbia Pipeline Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
QEP Midstream Partners N/A N/A N/A $1.11 14.50
Columbia Pipeline Group N/A N/A N/A $0.72 35.40

QEP 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
QEP Midstream Partners 62.86% 23.46% 13.76%
Columbia Pipeline Group 23.76% 7.15% 3.45%

Summary

QEP Midstream Partners beats Columbia Pipeline Group on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

QEP Midstream Partners Company Profile

QEP Midstream Partners, LP (QEP Midstream) is a master limited partnership formed to own, operate, acquire and develop midstream energy assets. The Company’s primary assets consist of ownership interests in four gathering systems and two Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)-regulated pipelines through which, the Company provides natural gas midstream services, and crude oil gathering and transportation services to producers and users of natural gas and crude oil. The natural gas midstream services include gathering, compression, treating and dehydration, processing, fractionation, natural gas transmission and natural gas liquids (NGL) products transportation. The Company provides crude oil gathering and transportation services in Colorado, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

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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