National Grid Transco, PLC (NYSE: NGG) is one of 18 public companies in the “Multiline Utilities” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare National Grid Transco, PLC to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for National Grid Transco, PLC and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
National Grid Transco, PLC 2 4 7 0 2.38
National Grid Transco, PLC Competitors 338 964 838 6 2.24

National Grid Transco, PLC currently has a consensus target price of $69.00, suggesting a potential upside of 17.07%. As a group, “Multiline Utilities” companies have a potential upside of 8.34%. Given National Grid Transco, PLC’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe National Grid Transco, PLC is more favorable than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares National Grid Transco, PLC and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
National Grid Transco, PLC N/A N/A N/A
National Grid Transco, PLC Competitors 8.84% 9.19% 2.54%

Dividends

National Grid Transco, PLC pays an annual dividend of $2.89 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.9%. National Grid Transco, PLC pays out 92.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Multiline Utilities” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.2% and pay out 77.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

National Grid Transco, PLC has a beta of 0.44, suggesting that its share price is 56% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, National Grid Transco, PLC’s rivals have a beta of 0.63, suggesting that their average share price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares National Grid Transco, PLC and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
National Grid Transco, PLC $18.62 billion $10.19 billion 18.83
National Grid Transco, PLC Competitors $6.18 billion $1.36 billion 479.31

National Grid Transco, PLC has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. National Grid Transco, PLC 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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

5.2% of National Grid Transco, PLC shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.9% of shares of all “Multiline Utilities” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.1% of shares of all “Multiline Utilities” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

National Grid Transco, PLC rivals beat National Grid Transco, PLC on 8 of the 14 factors compared.

National Grid Transco, PLC Company Profile

National Grid plc is an electricity and gas utility company focused on transmission and distribution activities in electricity and gas in both the United Kingdom and the United States. The Company’s segments include UK Electricity Transmission, which is engaged in high voltage electricity transmission networks in Great Britain; UK Gas Transmission, which is the gas transmission network in Great Britain and United Kingdom liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage activities; UK Gas Distribution, which includes approximately four of the eight regional networks of Great Britain’s gas distribution system, and US Regulated, which includes gas distribution networks, electricity distribution networks and high voltage electricity transmission networks in New York, and New England and electricity generation facilities in New York. Its other activities relate to non-regulated businesses and other commercial operations not included within the above segments.

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