8 Largest Canadian Energy Stocks

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Canada is renowned for the abundance of natural resources and the oil sector is definitely one of the primary sectors driving the Canadian economy. As such, there are many options for investors when it comes to energy stocks.

If you look at the TSX 60, 13 of the 60 stocks are energy stocks ( 21.67%) and the largest representation followed by financials and materials with 10 each. Over 50% of the index is concentrated in the 3 primary sectors driving the Canadian economy.

If you invest in Canada, it’s important you understand the energy sector and what the company’s business is. Some of the industries are dependent on others.  See the industry breakdown below followed by the top Canadian energy stocks.

  • Oil & Gas – Drilling
  • Oil & Gas – E&P
  • Oil & Gas – Integrated
  • Oil & Gas – Midstream
  • Oil & Gas – Services
  • Oil & Gas – Refining & Marketing

With that said, don’t forget we may have reached peak oil and the push for electric vehicles will change the landscape over time.

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Largest Energy Stocks

A word of caution that bigger isn’t necessary better.

1. Enbridge

Enbridge Inc. is the largest energy infrastructure company in North America. It is Canada’s largest natural gas distributor engaging in the collection, transportation, processing and storage of oil and gas. Enbridge caters to 3.7 million customers in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and New York.

It owns an extensive network of about 192,000 miles of natural gas and NGL pipelines across North America and the Gulf of Mexico. Its crude oil and liquids transportation systems are huge comprising of more than 17,000 miles of active pipelines.

The company is known for its high quality liquids and natural gas infrastructure assets. In addition, Enbridge has 3.1 Bcf/d of processing capacity and 438 Bcf of net natural gas storage capacity. It also owns interests in nearly 3,000 MW of renewable generation capacity.

Key Investment Data

  • Ticker: TSE:ENB
  • Sector: Energy
  • Industry: Oil & Gas Midstream
  • Market Cap: 112.48B
  • Market Cap Group: Large Cap
  • P/E: 22.99
  • Dividend Yield: 6.19%

2. TC Energy

TC Energy is a leading North American infrastructure company. It supplies more than 25% of natural gas consumed daily across North America. The company has a strong portfolio of diversified assets, storage facilities and power generation plants and operates one of North America’s largest natural gas pipelines networks extending to more than 57,500 miles.

TC Energy operates three complementary energy infrastructure businesses across three major geographies in North America. By generation type, TC’s assets can be divided into nuclear, natural gas and wind. The USA, Canada and Mexico are its core geographies and the company has access to North America’s two most prolific natural gas supply basins.

With more than 65 years of service, TC Energy is known for delivering energy in a safe and sustainable manner. Ownership of low-risk regulated cost-of-service businesses and long-term contracted energy infrastructure assets differentiate TC Energy from its peers.

Key Investment Data

  • Ticker: TSE:TRP
  • Sector: Energy
  • Industry: Oil & Gas Midstream
  • Market Cap: 64.24B
  • Market Cap Group: Large Cap
  • P/E: 20.43
  • Dividend Yield: 5.51%

3. Canadian Natural Resources

Canadian Natural Resources is a diversified and independent energy producer in the world. It is the largest independent natural gas and heavy crude oil producer in Canada.  It operates a balanced mix of natural gas, light crude oil, heavy crude oil, and oil sands. The company holds some of the best oil sand assets in North America, particularly thermal in situ properties, having tremendous growth potential.

The company’s business can be broadly classified into Exploration and Production (North America, North Sea, offshore Africa), Oil Sands Mining and Upgrading, and Midstream and Refining segments. The Exploration and Production segment is Canadian Natural’s core business, while the other two businesses provide a nice diversification.

Canadian Natural has a balanced mix of natural gas, light crude oil, heavy crude oil, bitumen, and SCO. The company also owns midstream assets consisting of two crude oil pipeline systems and cogeneration plants, which enables the transportation of heavy crude oil in international markets.

Key Investment Data

  • Ticker: TSE:CNQ
  • Sector: Energy
  • Industry: Oil & Gas E&P
  • Market Cap: 80.59B
  • Market Cap Group: Large Cap
  • P/E: 7.47
  • Dividend Yield: 4.17%

4. Suncor

Suncor Energy is one of the largest independent energy companies in the world engaging in oil sands operations, offshore oil and gas production, petroleum refining and marketing. It is the largest oil producer in Canada.

The company has operations across the entire value chain, including resource extraction, upgrading, refining and marketing, and midstream logistics. In addition, Suncor is involved in energy trading and operates a renewable energy business. Suncor owns offshore assets in key strategic geographic locations like the U.K. North Sea, Canada’s east coast and Norway.

The company operates four refineries, an ethanol plant, wind farms, and over 1700 retail sites in North America and owns 940 mbpd oil production, 550 mbpd upgrading, and 460 mbpd refining capacities.

Key Investment Data

  • Ticker: TSE:SU
  • Sector: Energy
  • Industry: Oil & Gas Integrated
  • Market Cap: 57.04B
  • Market Cap Group: Large Cap
  • P/E: 6.35
  • Dividend Yield: 4.50%

5. Pembina Pipeline

Pembina Pipeline is a leading midstream and transportation service provider in North America. The company is known for providing safe and cost-effective transportation solutions since the last six decades.

The company offers a wide range of midstream and marketing services to the energy sector. It owns an extensive network of pipelines that transport crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids produced primarily in western Canada.

Pembina owns a large asset base consisting of pipelines and facilities, which is difficult for newcomers to replicate. As a leading energy infrastructure company, Pembina serves multiple basins and markets throughout Canada and the US. Pembina owns and operates an 18,000 km pipelines with a total capacity of 3 million barrels of oil equivalent per day.

Key Investment Data

  • Ticker: TSE:PPL
  • Sector: Energy
  • Industry: Oil & Gas Midstream
  • Market Cap: 26.63B
  • Market Cap Group: Large Cap
  • P/E: 18.54
  • Dividend Yield: 5.25%

6. Imperial Oil

Imperial (TSE:IMO) is Canada's largest refiner of petroleum products. Imperial refines raw hydrocarbons into about 650 petroleum products essential to consumers and businesses: gasoline, diesel, heating oil, natural gas, lubricants, and chemicals used to make plastics.

Like you, Imperial is concerned about the effects of chemicals on health and the environment and we have integrated Responsible Care® into our business practices. Imperial offers products and services to consumers across Canada as well as in export markets.  

In total, we manufacture and sell about a quarter of the petroleum products used every day by Canadians.  We are a leading marketer of fuels, lubricants, asphalts and specialty products.

Key Investment Data

  • Ticker: TSE:IMO
  • Sector: Energy
  • Industry: Oil & Gas Integrated
  • Market Cap: 37.48B
  • Market Cap Group: Large Cap
  • P/E: 7.51
  • Dividend Yield: 2.31%

7. Keyera Corp

Keyera Corp. is one of the largest independent midstream energy companies with extensive interconnected assets across Canada. The company caters to the needs of oil and gas producers in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin, and provides NGL gathering and processing, fractionation, storage, transportation, logistics and marketing services.

Keyera’s core infrastructure is strategically located in key producing areas of Western Canada Sedimentary basin and Edmonton/ Fort Saskatchewan energy hub. The company also markets iso-octane, propane, butane, condensate and crude oil to customers in Canada and the United States.

It operates through Gathering and Processing, Liquids Infrastructure and Marketing segments. Keyera has strong expertise in operating complex energy processing facilities and provides a full range of essential midstream services to its customers.

Key Investment Data

  • Ticker: TSE:KEY
  • Sector: Energy
  • Industry: Oil & Gas Midstream
  • Market Cap: 7.16B
  • Market Cap Group: Mid Cap
  • P/E: 16.04
  • Dividend Yield: 5.92%

8. Inter Pipeline

Inter Pipeline is an integrated energy infrastructure company in Canada that engages in the transportation and storage of petroleum, and natural gas liquids processing. Inter Pipeline operates four business segments namely oil sands transportation, NGL processing, conventional oil pipelines and bulk liquid storage.

The company operates through an extensive network of pipeline systems spanning over 7,800 kilometers and transports over 1.4 million barrels per day. In addition, the company also owns petroleum and petrochemical storage terminals with a combined storage capacity of 37 million barrels across Europe.

It operates one of the largest NGL businesses in Canada. Canada is its principal place of business accounting for 95% of its earnings while the remaining 5% is from Europe. Ownership of world-scale energy infrastructure assets in strategic locations, stable and diversified FFO are strong competitive advantages for Inter Pipeline.

Key Investment Data

  • Ticker: TSE:IPL
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  • Dividend Yield: 0.00%

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