UNITIL Corporation (NYSE: UTL) is one of 85 public companies in the “Electric Utilities” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare UNITIL Corporation to related companies based on the strength of its risk, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability and earnings.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

59.4% of UNITIL Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.5% of shares of all “Electric Utilities” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of UNITIL Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.7% of shares of all “Electric Utilities” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for UNITIL Corporation and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
UNITIL Corporation 0 1 0 0 2.00
UNITIL Corporation Competitors 514 2898 2327 41 2.33

UNITIL Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $47.00, suggesting a potential downside of 10.10%. As a group, “Electric Utilities” companies have a potential upside of 6.53%. Given UNITIL Corporation’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe UNITIL Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares UNITIL Corporation and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
UNITIL Corporation $389.90 million $116.50 million 25.01
UNITIL Corporation Competitors $7.19 billion $2.12 billion 30.84

UNITIL Corporation’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than UNITIL Corporation. UNITIL Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility & Risk

UNITIL Corporation has a beta of 0.21, indicating that its share price is 79% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, UNITIL Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 0.70, indicating that their average share price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares UNITIL Corporation and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
UNITIL Corporation 7.52% 9.88% 2.61%
UNITIL Corporation Competitors -10.82% 3.51% 0.54%

Dividends

UNITIL Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. UNITIL Corporation pays out 68.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Electric Utilities” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.1% and pay out 103.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. UNITIL Corporation has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Summary

UNITIL Corporation competitors beat UNITIL Corporation on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

UNITIL Corporation Company Profile

Unitil Corporation is a public utility holding company. The Company’s principal business is the local distribution of electricity in the southeastern seacoast and state capital regions of New Hampshire and the greater Fitchburg area of north central Massachusetts and the local distribution of natural gas in southeastern New Hampshire, portions of southern Maine to the Lewiston-Auburn area and in the greater Fitchburg area of north central Massachusetts. Its segments include utility gas operations, utility electric operations and non-regulated. Its operations include natural gas operations; natural gas distribution utility operations; gas transmission pipeline operations; electric distribution utility operations, and non-regulated and other non-utility operations. As of December 31, 2016, it was engaged in the distribution of electricity and natural gas to approximately 184,200 customers throughout its service territories in the states of New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine.

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