Head-To-Head Analysis: Atmos Energy (ATO) vs. The Competition

Atmos Energy (NYSE: ATO) is one of 24 public companies in the “UTIL-GAS DISTR” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Atmos Energy to related companies based on the strength of its risk, profitability, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Atmos Energy and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Atmos Energy 1 1 3 0 2.40
Atmos Energy Competitors 161 583 465 17 2.28

Atmos Energy presently has a consensus target price of $83.25, indicating a potential upside of 0.47%. As a group, “UTIL-GAS DISTR” companies have a potential upside of 6.04%. Given Atmos Energy’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Atmos Energy has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.


This table compares Atmos Energy and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Atmos Energy N/A 10.39% 3.93%
Atmos Energy Competitors 5.66% -4.14% 3.79%


Atmos Energy pays an annual dividend of $1.94 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Atmos Energy pays out 35.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “UTIL-GAS DISTR” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.9% and pay out 65.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Atmos Energy has increased its dividend for 35 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

72.9% of Atmos Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.8% of shares of all “UTIL-GAS DISTR” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of Atmos Energy shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.7% of shares of all “UTIL-GAS DISTR” companies are held 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.

Volatility & Risk

Atmos Energy has a beta of 0.33, meaning that its share price is 67% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Atmos Energy’s peers have a beta of 0.64, meaning that their average share price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Atmos Energy and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Atmos Energy $2.76 billion $396.42 million 15.20
Atmos Energy Competitors $4.81 billion $278.67 million -12.31

Atmos Energy’s peers have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Atmos Energy. Atmos Energy 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.


Atmos Energy beats its peers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Atmos Energy Company Profile

Atmos Energy Corporation is a fully-regulated, natural-gas-only distributor engaged primarily in the regulated natural gas distribution and pipeline businesses, as well as other nonregulated natural gas businesses. It operates through three segments: regulated distribution segment, which includes its regulated distribution and related sales operations; regulated pipeline segment, which includes pipeline and storage operations of its Atmos Pipeline-Texas Division, and nonregulated segment, which includes its nonregulated natural gas management, nonregulated natural gas transmission, storage and other services. Its nonregulated businesses provide natural gas management, transportation and storage services to local gas distribution companies, including certain of its natural gas distribution divisions and industrial customers in the Midwest and Southeast. It also manages its natural gas pipeline and storage assets, including its intrastate natural gas pipeline systems in Texas.

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