Critical Survey: Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (BIP) and The Competition

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (NYSE: BIP) is one of 24 public companies in the “Water transportation” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Brookfield Infrastructure Partners to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and valuation.

Profitability

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This table compares Brookfield Infrastructure Partners and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners 1.95% 1.29% 0.56%
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners Competitors -0.68% 4.01% 1.63%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

37.5% of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.1% of shares of all “Water transportation” companies are owned by institutional investors. 6.0% of shares of all “Water transportation” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners has a beta of 0.96, suggesting that its share price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Brookfield Infrastructure Partners’ peers have a beta of 1.16, suggesting that their average share price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Brookfield Infrastructure Partners and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners 0 2 8 0 2.80
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners Competitors 239 766 1134 37 2.45

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners presently has a consensus target price of $47.23, indicating a potential upside of 13.52%. As a group, “Water transportation” companies have a potential upside of 17.38%. Given Brookfield Infrastructure Partners’ peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Brookfield Infrastructure Partners has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Brookfield Infrastructure Partners and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners $3.54 billion $124.00 million 27.55
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners Competitors $2.48 billion $323.25 million -0.46

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its peers. Brookfield Infrastructure Partners is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.5%. Brookfield Infrastructure Partners pays out 124.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Water transportation” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.1% and pay out 74.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Brookfield Infrastructure Partners has raised its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Summary

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners peers beat Brookfield Infrastructure Partners on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Brookfield Infrastructure Partners

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. engages in utility, transport, energy, and communications infrastructure businesses. The company's Utilities segment operates approximately 2,000 kilometers (km) of natural gas transportation pipelines in the states of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Minas Gerais; approximately 12,000 km of electricity transmission lines in North and South America; approximately 3.3 million electricity and natural gas connections in the United Kingdom and Colombia; and a port facility that exports metallurgical and thermal coal in Australia. Its Transport segment offers transportation, storage, and handling services for freight, bulk commodities, and passengers through a network of 5,500 km of track network in south of Western Australia; approximately 4,800 km of rail in South America; approximately 4,000 km of motorways in Brazil, Chile, Peru, and India; and 37 port terminals in North America, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Europe. The company's Energy segment offers energy transportation, distribution, and storage services through approximately 15,000 km of natural gas transmission pipelines; and 600 billion cubic feet of natural gas storage in the United States and Canada. This segment also provides heating, cooling, and energy solutions; and distributed natural gas, water, and wastewater services to approximately 59,000 commercial and residential customers. Its Communications Infrastructure segment offers services and critical infrastructure to the media broadcasting and telecom sectors. It has approximately 7,000 multi-purpose towers and active rooftop sites; and 5,000 km of fiber backbone located in France. Brookfield Infrastructure Partners Limited serves as the general partner of the company. Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P. was founded in 2007 and is based in Hamilton, Bermuda. The company is a subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management Inc.

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