The Columbia Pipeline Partners (NYSE:CPPL) & VTTI Energy Partners (VTTI) Financial Review

The Columbia Pipeline Partners (NYSE:CPPL) & VTTI Energy Partners (VTTI) Financial Review

Insider & Institutional Ownership

Columbia Pipeline Partners (NYSE: CPPL) and VTTI Energy Partners (NYSE:VTTI) are both energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

88.2% of Columbia Pipeline Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.3% of VTTI Energy Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Columbia Pipeline Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.79 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.6%. VTTI Energy Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.34 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.8%. Columbia Pipeline Partners pays out 112.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. VTTI Energy Partners has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years. VTTI Energy Partners is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Profitability

This table compares Columbia Pipeline Partners and VTTI Energy Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Volatility & Risk

Columbia Pipeline Partners has a beta of 0.86, indicating that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, VTTI Energy Partners has a beta of 1.18, indicating that its stock price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Columbia Pipeline Partners and VTTI Energy Partners’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

VTTI Energy Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Columbia Pipeline Partners.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Columbia Pipeline Partners and VTTI Energy Partners, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Columbia Pipeline Partners presently has a consensus target price of $16.69, suggesting a potential downside of 2.70%. VTTI Energy Partners has a consensus target price of $19.50, suggesting a potential downside of 0.76%. Given VTTI Energy Partners’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe VTTI Energy Partners is more favorable than Columbia Pipeline Partners.

Summary

VTTI Energy Partners beats Columbia Pipeline Partners on 10 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Columbia Pipeline Partners Company Profile

Columbia Pipeline Partners LP (the Partnership) is a limited partnership company operating a portfolio of pipelines, storage and related midstream assets. It is engaged in interstate gas transportation and storage services for local distribution companies (LDCs), marketers 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. The Company owns, operates and develops a portfolio of pipelines, storage and related midstream assets. The Company has a general partner interest in CPG OpCo LP (Columbia OpCo), as well as a limited partner interest in Columbia OpCo, a limited partnership that owns the natural gas transmission and storage assets of Columbia Energy Group (CEG).

VTTI Energy Partners Company Profile

VTTI Energy Partners LP provides terminaling services for third party companies engaged in the production, processing, distribution and marketing of refined petroleum products and crude oil. The Company operates through the segment of energy storage terminaling business. Its assets consist of approximately 42.6% interest in VTTI MLP B.V., which owns a portfolio of over six terminals with over 400 tanks and approximately 35.7 million barrels of refined petroleum product and crude oil storage capacity located in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America. Its terminals are located in international supply and demand centers for refined petroleum products and crude oil and provide midstream infrastructure services to its customers at these international market hubs. It provides storage and terminaling services for energy industry participants, including marketing companies, integrated oil companies, national oil companies, distributors, and chemical and petrochemical companies.

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