DCP Midstream Partners (NYSE: DCP) and Copano Energy (NASDAQ:CPNO) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for DCP Midstream Partners and Copano Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DCP Midstream Partners 1 6 4 0 2.27
Copano Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A

DCP Midstream Partners presently has a consensus price target of $38.10, indicating a potential upside of 14.93%.


This table compares DCP Midstream Partners and Copano Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
DCP Midstream Partners 3.74% 4.47% 2.34%
Copano Energy N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

54.9% of DCP Midstream Partners shares are held by institutional investors. 0.0% of DCP Midstream Partners shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares DCP Midstream Partners and Copano Energy’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
DCP Midstream Partners $1.50 billion 3.17 $312.00 million $0.71 46.69
Copano Energy N/A N/A N/A ($2.39) N/A

DCP Midstream Partners has higher revenue and earnings than Copano Energy. Copano Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than DCP Midstream Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


DCP Midstream Partners pays an annual dividend of $3.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.4%. Copano Energy does not pay a dividend. DCP Midstream Partners pays out 439.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.


DCP Midstream Partners beats Copano Energy on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About DCP Midstream Partners

DCP Midstream, LP, formerly DCP Midstream Partners, LP, is a producer and marketer of natural gas liquids (NGLs) in the United States. The Company is engaged in the business of gathering, compressing, treating, processing, transporting, storing and selling natural gas; producing, fractionating, transporting, storing and selling NGLs and recovering, and selling condensate, and transporting, storing and selling propane in wholesale markets. Its segments include Natural Gas Services, NGL Logistics and Wholesale Propane Logistics. The Natural Gas Services segment consists of various assets and ownership interests that provide a range of wellhead to market services for its producer customers. It owns and operates assets for its NGL Logistics business in the states of Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Oklahoma and Texas. DCP Midstream LP operates as a 50/50 joint venture between Phillips 66 and Spectra Energy Corp., which is ultimately owned by Enbridge Inc.

About Copano Energy

Copano Energy, L.L.C. (Copano) is an energy company engaged in the business of providing midstream services to natural gas producers, including gathering, transportation and processing of natural gas, fractionation and transportation of natural gas liquids (NGLs) and other related services. Copano’s assets are located in Texas, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Louisiana, and include approximately 6,800 miles of active natural gas gathering and transmission pipelines, and 10 natural gas processing plants, with over one billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of combined processing capacity. In addition to the natural gas pipelines, it operates 380 miles of NGL pipelines. Copano operates in three segments: Texas, Oklahoma and Rocky Mountains. In May 2013, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP acquired the entire share capital of Copano Energy LLC.

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