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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
National Grid Transco N/A N/A N/A
National Grid Transco Competitors 8.45% 8.66% 2.43%

Dividends

National Grid Transco pays an annual dividend of $1.87 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. As a group, “Multiline Utilities” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.1% and pay out 75.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

5.6% of National Grid Transco shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 67.2% 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 hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for National Grid Transco and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
National Grid Transco 0 6 6 0 2.50
National Grid Transco Competitors 340 978 845 6 2.24

National Grid Transco presently has a consensus target price of $69.00, suggesting a potential upside of 16.32%. As a group, “Multiline Utilities” companies have a potential upside of 11.28%. Given National Grid Transco’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe National Grid Transco is more favorable than its peers.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares National Grid Transco and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
National Grid Transco $18.62 billion $10.19 billion N/A
National Grid Transco Competitors $6.18 billion $1.36 billion 470.40

National Grid Transco has higher revenue and earnings than its peers.

Volatility & Risk

National Grid Transco has a beta of 0.44, meaning that its share price is 56% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, National Grid Transco’s peers have a beta of 0.60, meaning that their average share price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500.

About National Grid Transco

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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