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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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


TC PipeLines, pays an annual dividend of $4.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.7%. Copano Energy, L.L.C. does not pay a dividend. TC PipeLines, pays out 129.5% 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.


This table compares TC PipeLines, and Copano Energy, L.L.C.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TC PipeLines, 64.04% 21.46% 7.27%
Copano Energy, L.L.C. N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for TC PipeLines, and Copano Energy, L.L.C., as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TC PipeLines, 1 3 1 0 2.00
Copano Energy, L.L.C. 0 0 0 0 N/A

TC PipeLines, currently has a consensus price target of $61.00, indicating a potential upside of 17.47%.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares TC PipeLines, and Copano Energy, L.L.C.’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TC PipeLines, $357.00 million 10.16 $244.00 million $3.09 16.81
Copano Energy, L.L.C. N/A N/A N/A ($2.39) N/A

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


TC PipeLines, beats Copano Energy, L.L.C. on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About TC PipeLines,

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).

About Copano Energy, L.L.C.

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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