Golar LNG Limited (NASDAQ: GLNG) is one of 15 publicly-traded companies in the “LNG Transportation & Storage” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Golar LNG Limited to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Risk and Volatility

Golar LNG Limited has a beta of 0.91, indicating that its stock price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Golar LNG Limited’s peers have a beta of 1.28, indicating that their average stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Golar LNG Limited and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Golar LNG Limited 0 1 8 0 2.89
Golar LNG Limited Competitors 60 257 513 11 2.56

Golar LNG Limited currently has a consensus target price of $34.67, indicating a potential upside of 49.43%. As a group, “LNG Transportation & Storage” companies have a potential upside of 9.24%. Given Golar LNG Limited’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Golar LNG Limited is more favorable than its peers.

Dividends

Golar LNG Limited pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Golar LNG Limited pays out -12.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “LNG Transportation & Storage” companies pay a dividend yield of 5.7% and pay out 98.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

87.8% of Golar LNG Limited shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 71.1% of shares of all “LNG Transportation & Storage” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.0% of Golar LNG Limited shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.6% of shares of all “LNG Transportation & Storage” 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Golar LNG Limited and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Golar LNG Limited $80.26 million -$186.53 million -14.78
Golar LNG Limited Competitors $302.22 million $55.11 million 54.67

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

Profitability

This table compares Golar LNG Limited and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Golar LNG Limited -179.35% -7.78% -3.28%
Golar LNG Limited Competitors 23.73% 2,817.08% 508.27%

Summary

Golar LNG Limited peers beat Golar LNG Limited on 9 of the 14 factors compared.

Golar LNG Limited Company Profile

Golar LNG Limited is a midstream liquefied natural gas (LNG) company engaged primarily in the transportation, regasification, liquefaction and trading of LNG. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, ownership, operation and chartering of LNG carriers and Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRUs) through its subsidiaries and affiliates, and the development of LNG projects, such as floating LNGs (FLNGs). The Company’s segments include Vessel operations, LNG trading and FLNG. Under the Vessel operations segment, the Company operates and charters out LNG carriers and FSRUs on fixed terms to customers. Through the LNG trading segment, the Company provides physical and financial risk management in LNG and gas markets for customers around the world. The FLNG segment includes the costs associated with the conversion of its LNG carrier, the Hilli, to a FLNG. The Company, along with its affiliate, Golar LNG Partners LP, has a combined fleet of approximately 30 vessels.

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