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El Paso Pipeline Partners (NYSE: EPB) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.70%. El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. engages in the ownership and operation of interstate natural gas transportation and terminaling facilities in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.00. The average volume for El Paso Pipeline Partners has been 468,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. El Paso Pipeline Partners has a market cap of $9.3 billion and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 16.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. TheStreet Ratings rates El Paso Pipeline Partners as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Highlights from the ratings report include:
- EPB's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 1.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.5%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
- The stock has not only risen over the past year, it has done so at a faster pace than the S&P 500, reflecting the earnings growth and other positive factors similar to those we have cited here. Looking ahead, unless broad bear market conditions prevail, we still see more upside potential for this stock, despite the fact that it has already risen over the past year.
- The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, EL PASO PIPELINE PARTNERS LP's return on equity exceeds that of the industry average and significantly exceeds that of the S&P 500.
- The gross profit margin for EL PASO PIPELINE PARTNERS LP is currently very high, coming in at 74.90%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 45.64% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
- Net operating cash flow has increased to $193.00 million or 24.51% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, EL PASO PIPELINE PARTNERS LP has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 20.25%.
- You can view the full El Paso Pipeline Partners Ratings Report.
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