Alliant Energy (NYSE:LNT) and Genie Energy (NYSE:GNE) are both utilities companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Alliant Energy and Genie Energy’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Alliant Energy $3.38 billion 2.93 $467.50 million $1.93 21.74
Genie Energy $264.20 million 0.83 -$6.99 million N/A N/A

Alliant Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Genie Energy.

Volatility and Risk

Alliant Energy has a beta of 0.18, meaning that its share price is 82% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Genie Energy has a beta of 1.27, meaning that its share price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Alliant Energy pays an annual dividend of $1.34 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Genie Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.7%. Alliant Energy pays out 69.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Alliant Energy has raised its dividend for 13 consecutive years and Genie Energy has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Alliant Energy and Genie Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alliant Energy 2 4 1 0 1.86
Genie Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A

Alliant Energy presently has a consensus price target of $46.10, indicating a potential upside of 9.87%. Given Alliant Energy’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Alliant Energy is more favorable than Genie Energy.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

71.1% of Alliant Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 15.8% of Genie Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of Alliant Energy shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 34.4% of Genie Energy shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Alliant Energy and Genie Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alliant Energy 15.09% 11.69% 3.48%
Genie Energy 3.42% 32.68% 13.70%

Summary

Alliant Energy beats Genie Energy on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Alliant Energy Company Profile

Alliant Energy Corporation operates as a utility holding company that provides regulated electricity and natural gas services in the Midwest region of the United States. It operates through three segments: Electric, Gas, and Other. The company, through its subsidiary, Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), primarily generates and distributes electricity, and distributes and transports natural gas to retail customers in Iowa; sells electricity to wholesale customers in Minnesota, Illinois, and Iowa; and generates and distributes steam in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Alliant Energy Corporation, through its subsidiary, Wisconsin Power and Light Company (WPL), generates and distributes electricity, and distributes and transports natural gas to retail customers in Wisconsin; and sells electricity to wholesale customers in Wisconsin. As of December 31, 2017, IPL supplied electricity to 490,000 retail customers and natural gas to 220,000 retail customers; and WPL supplied electricity to 470,000 retail customers and natural gas to 190,000 retail customers. It offers electric utility services to retail customers in the farming, agriculture, industrial manufacturing, chemical, and paper industries. In addition, the company holds investments in various businesses, which provide freight services through a short-line railway between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, Iowa; a barge terminal and hauling services on the Mississippi River; and other transfer and storage services. Further, it owns a non-regulated 347 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired electric generating unit near Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin; and a non-regulated 99 MW Franklin County wind farm located in Franklin County, Iowa. Alliant Energy Corporation was founded in 1917 and is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin.

Genie Energy Company Profile

Genie Energy Ltd., through its subsidiaries, operates as a retail energy provider; and an oil and gas exploration company. The company operates through three segments: Genie Retail Energy; Afek Oil and Gas, Ltd.; and Genie Oil and Gas. It resells electricity and natural gas to residential and small business customers primarily in the Eastern and Midwestern United States; and offers energy brokerage and advisory services. The company also holds an 86.1% interest in the southern portion of the Golan Heights in Northern Israel. Genie Energy Ltd. was incorporated in 2001 and is headquartered in Newark, New Jersey.

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