Head to Head Contrast: NewJersey Resources Corporation (NJR) and Its Competitors

NewJersey Resources Corporation (NYSE: NJR) is one of 17 public companies in the “Natural Gas Distribution” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare NewJersey Resources Corporation to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares NewJersey Resources Corporation and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
NewJersey Resources Corporation $1.88 billion $131.67 million 19.64
NewJersey Resources Corporation Competitors $2.04 billion $162.23 million 17.52

NewJersey Resources Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than NewJersey Resources Corporation. NewJersey Resources Corporation 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

NewJersey Resources Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.09 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. NewJersey Resources Corporation pays out 48.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Natural Gas Distribution” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.5% and pay out 62.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. NewJersey Resources Corporation has increased its dividend for 21 consecutive years. NewJersey Resources Corporation is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares NewJersey Resources Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NewJersey Resources Corporation 8.81% 12.77% 4.10%
NewJersey Resources Corporation Competitors 3.66% -9.28% 2.80%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

64.2% of NewJersey Resources Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.7% of shares of all “Natural Gas Distribution” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of NewJersey Resources Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of shares of all “Natural Gas Distribution” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

NewJersey Resources Corporation has a beta of 0.45, indicating that its stock price is 55% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, NewJersey Resources Corporation’s peers have a beta of 0.42, indicating that their average stock price is 58% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for NewJersey Resources Corporation and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NewJersey Resources Corporation 1 1 1 0 2.00
NewJersey Resources Corporation Competitors 59 208 223 5 2.35

NewJersey Resources Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $41.00, suggesting a potential downside of 6.39%. As a group, “Natural Gas Distribution” companies have a potential upside of 0.12%. Given NewJersey Resources Corporation’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe NewJersey Resources Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

NewJersey Resources Corporation peers beat NewJersey Resources Corporation on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

NewJersey Resources Corporation Company Profile

New Jersey Resources Corporation is an energy services holding company. The Company’s business is the distribution of natural gas through a regulated utility, which provides other retail and wholesale energy services to customers and investing in clean energy projects and midstream assets. It operates in four business segments: Natural Gas Distribution, Clean Energy Ventures, Energy Services and Midstream. The Natural Gas Distribution segment consists of regulated natural gas services, off-system sales, capacity and storage management operations. The Energy Services segment consists of unregulated wholesale energy operations. The Clean Energy Ventures segment consists of capital investments in clean energy projects. The Midstream segment consists of investments in the midstream natural gas market, such as natural gas transportation and storage facilities. The Home Services and Other operations consist of heating, cooling and water appliance sales and installations, among others.

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