TC PipeLines, (NYSE: TCP) and TC Pipelines, (NASDAQ:TCLP) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares TC PipeLines, and TC Pipelines,’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TC PipeLines, 62.63% 19.77% 7.16%
TC Pipelines, 84.27% 23.48% 9.51%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for TC PipeLines, and TC Pipelines,, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TC PipeLines, 1 3 1 0 2.00
TC Pipelines, 0 0 0 0 N/A

TC PipeLines, presently has a consensus target price of $61.50, suggesting a potential upside of 21.66%. Given TC PipeLines,’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe TC PipeLines, is more favorable than TC Pipelines,.

Dividends

TC PipeLines, pays an annual dividend of $4.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.9%. TC Pipelines, does not pay a dividend. TC PipeLines, pays out 127.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. TC PipeLines, has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares TC PipeLines, and TC Pipelines,’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TC PipeLines, $481.00 million 7.29 $399.00 million $3.13 16.15
TC Pipelines, N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

TC PipeLines, has higher revenue and earnings than TC Pipelines,.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

61.2% of TC PipeLines, shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.1% of TC PipeLines, shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

TC PipeLines, beats TC Pipelines, on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

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).

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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