Columbia Pipeline Group (NYSE:CPGX) vs. Its Competitors Financial Analysis

Columbia Pipeline Group (NYSE: CPGX) is one of 49 publicly-traded companies in the “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Columbia Pipeline Group to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Dividends

Columbia Pipeline Group pays an annual dividend of $0.54 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. 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. As a group, “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 6.0% and pay out 154.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Columbia Pipeline Group has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Columbia Pipeline Group and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Columbia Pipeline Group N/A N/A 35.40
Columbia Pipeline Group Competitors $4.88 billion $288.25 million -30.18

Columbia Pipeline Group’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Columbia Pipeline Group. Columbia Pipeline Group is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Columbia Pipeline Group and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Columbia Pipeline Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Columbia Pipeline Group Competitors 325 1888 2464 88 2.49

As a group, “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies have a potential upside of 10.84%. Given Columbia Pipeline Group’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Columbia Pipeline Group has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares Columbia Pipeline Group and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Columbia Pipeline Group 23.76% 7.15% 3.45%
Columbia Pipeline Group Competitors 17.63% 88.92% 5.70%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

57.4% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 9.3% of shares of all “Oil & Gas Transportation Services” companies are owned by insiders. 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.

Summary

Columbia Pipeline Group rivals beat Columbia Pipeline Group on 7 of the 10 factors compared.

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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