Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) is one of 85 publicly-traded companies in the “Electric Utilities” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Xcel Energy to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, risk and profitability.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

72.5% of Xcel Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.5% of shares of all “Electric Utilities” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of Xcel Energy shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.9% of shares of all “Electric Utilities” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Xcel Energy pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Xcel Energy pays out 63.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Electric Utilities” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.2% and pay out 103.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Xcel Energy has raised its dividend for 13 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Xcel Energy and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Xcel Energy 0 7 1 0 2.13
Xcel Energy Competitors 705 3264 2461 52 2.29

Xcel Energy presently has a consensus price target of $47.75, suggesting a potential downside of 0.04%. As a group, “Electric Utilities” companies have a potential upside of 6.89%. Given Xcel Energy’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Xcel Energy has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Risk & Volatility

Xcel Energy has a beta of 0.19, suggesting that its stock price is 81% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Xcel Energy’s rivals have a beta of 0.70, suggesting that their average stock price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Xcel Energy and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Xcel Energy $11.43 billion $3.76 billion 21.04
Xcel Energy Competitors $7.19 billion $2.12 billion 30.45

Xcel Energy has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Xcel Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Xcel Energy and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Xcel Energy 10.08% 10.42% 2.80%
Xcel Energy Competitors -10.82% 3.51% 0.54%

Summary

Xcel Energy rivals beat Xcel Energy on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy Inc. is a public utility holding company. The Company’s operations include the activity of four utility subsidiaries that serve electric and natural gas customers in eight states. The Company’s segments include regulated electric utility, regulated natural gas utility and all other. The Company’s utility subsidiaries include NSP-Minnesota, NSP-Wisconsin, Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo) and Southwestern Public Service Co. (SPS), which serve customers in portions of Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin. Along with WYCO Development LLC (WYCO), a joint venture formed with Colorado Interstate Gas Company, LLC (CIG) to develop and lease natural gas pipelines storage and compression facilities, and WestGas InterState, Inc. (WGI), an interstate natural gas pipeline company, these companies comprise the regulated utility operations.

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