Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, natural gas transportation and storage company El Paso Pipeline Partners (NYSE: EPB) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at El Paso Pipeline's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

El Paso Pipeline facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Houston, Texas (2007)

Market Cap

$7.03 billion


Oil and gas storage and transportation

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.38 billion


CEO James Yardley (since 2007)

CFO John Sult (since 2007)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$36 million / $3.55 billion

Dividend Yield


Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS. *Management is general partner of the partnership.

On CAPS, 97% of the 155 members who have rated El Paso Pipeline believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include TMFDeej, who is ranked in the top 1% of our community, and DanFPilot.

Earlier this week, TMFDeej tapped El Paso Pipeline as a particularly timely pick: "Adding some MLPs on the recent drop caused by the rumored potential for changes to their tax status which are unlikely to occur."

In fact, El Paso Pipeline now sports a cheapish forward P/E of 14.2. That represents a discount to industry peers like Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE: ETP) (18.3), Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE: EPD) (19.6), and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (NYSE: KMP) (31.1).

CAPS member DanFPilot elaborates on the income opportunity:

Long term outlook looks good. Good yield, growth prospects and a good payout ratio. ... EPB has a good track record of increasing the dividend. Looking forward to the dividend amount increasing faster than inflation over the next several years, as well as the price appreciation that is sure to come with it.

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