Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P. (NYSE: BWP) and TC Pipelines, (NASDAQ:TCLP) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitabiliy, dividends and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

98.7% of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P. shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P. and TC Pipelines,, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P. 0 3 1 0 2.25
TC Pipelines, 0 0 0 0 N/A

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P. currently has a consensus price target of $23.67, suggesting a potential upside of 46.18%. Given Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P.’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P. is more favorable than TC Pipelines,.

Dividends

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P. pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. TC Pipelines, does not pay a dividend. Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P. pays out 36.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P. and TC Pipelines,’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P. $1.34 billion 3.02 $829.90 million $1.10 14.72
TC Pipelines, N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P. has higher revenue and earnings than TC Pipelines,.

Profitability

This table compares Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P. and TC Pipelines,’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P. 20.78% 7.14% 3.75%
TC Pipelines, 84.27% 23.48% 9.51%

Summary

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P. beats TC Pipelines, on 5 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners L.P. Company Profile

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP is a limited partnership company. The Company’s business includes integrated natural gas and natural gas liquids, and other hydrocarbons (referred to together as NGLs) pipeline and storage systems. The Company is engaged in the operation of interstate natural gas and NGLs pipeline systems, and integrated storage facilities, including interstate natural gas pipeline systems located in the Gulf Coast region, Oklahoma, Arkansas and the Midwestern states of Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, and its NGLs pipelines and storage facilities in Louisiana and Texas. The Company conducts business through its subsidiary, Boardwalk Pipelines, LP (Boardwalk Pipelines), and its subsidiaries, Gulf South Pipeline Company, LP, Texas Gas Transmission, LLC, Gulf Crossing Pipeline Company LLC, Boardwalk Louisiana Midstream, LLC, Boardwalk Petrochemical Pipeline, LLC and Boardwalk Field Services, LLC.

TC Pipelines, Company Profile

TC PipeLines, LP is a master limited partnership. The Company acquires, owns and participates in the management of energy infrastructure businesses in North America. The Company’s pipeline systems transport natural gas in the United States. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had four pipelines and equity ownership interests in three natural gas interstate pipeline systems that are collectively designed to transport approximately 9.1 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas from producing regions and import facilities to market hubs and consuming markets primarily in the Western, Midwestern and Eastern United States. The Company’s pipeline systems include Gas Transmission Northwest LLC (GTN), Bison Pipeline LLC (Bison), North Baja Pipeline, LLC (North Baja), Tuscarora Gas Transmission Company (Tuscarora), Northern Border Pipeline Company (Northern Border), Portland Natural Gas Transmission System (PNGTS), and Great Lakes Gas Transmission Limited Partnership (Great Lakes).

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