Southern Company Gas (NYSE: GAS) is one of 14 publicly-traded companies in the “Natural Gas Distribution” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Southern Company Gas to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk, earnings, institutional ownership and profitability.
Risk and Volatility
Southern Company Gas has a beta of -0.08, suggesting that its stock price is 108% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Southern Company Gas’ peers have a beta of 0.47, suggesting that their average stock price is 53% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Southern Company Gas and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||NetIncome||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Southern Company Gas||N/A||N/A||23.23|
|Southern Company Gas Competitors||$2.04 billion||$171.22 million||22.48|
Southern Company Gas’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Southern Company Gas. Southern Company Gas 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.
This table compares Southern Company Gas and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Southern Company Gas||2.65%||0.65%||0.27%|
|Southern Company Gas Competitors||4.59%||-11.07%||3.67%|
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Southern Company Gas and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Southern Company Gas||0||0||0||0||N/A|
|Southern Company Gas Competitors||59||210||227||5||2.36|
As a group, “Natural Gas Distribution” companies have a potential downside of 2.18%. Given Southern Company Gas’ peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Southern Company Gas has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.
Southern Company Gas pays an annual dividend of $2.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Southern Company Gas pays out 74.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Natural Gas Distribution” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.4% and pay out 61.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Southern Company Gas has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
65.4% of shares of all “Natural Gas Distribution” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of shares of all “Natural Gas Distribution” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Southern Company Gas peers beat Southern Company Gas on 8 of the 10 factors compared.
Southern Company Gas Company Profile
Southern Company Gas, formerly AGL Resources Inc, is a natural gas-only distribution company. The Company operates in four operating segments: distribution operations, retail operations, wholesale services and midstream operations. The Company’s distribution operations segment is engaged in providing natural gas to residential, commercial and industrial customers. The retail operations segment is involved in the provision of natural gas commodity and related services. The wholesale services segment is engaged in natural gas storage, gas pipeline arbitrage and provides natural gas asset management and related logistics services for its utilities, as well as for non-affiliated companies. Midstream operations segment consists primarily of natural gas storage facilities and select pipelines, enabling the provision of diverse sources of natural gas supplies to its customers.
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