Genie Energy (NYSE: GNE) is one of 22 public companies in the “Electric & other services combined” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Genie Energy to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Genie Energy and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Genie Energy 8.13% 41.33% 18.64%
Genie Energy Competitors 4.78% 11.17% 3.15%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Genie Energy and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Genie Energy 0 1 0 0 2.00
Genie Energy Competitors 326 1552 1134 9 2.27

As a group, “Electric & other services combined” companies have a potential downside of 4.81%. Given Genie Energy’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Genie Energy has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Dividends

Genie Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Genie Energy pays out 33.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Electric & other services combined” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.1% and pay out 62.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Genie Energy is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Risk & Volatility

Genie Energy has a beta of 1.58, indicating that its share price is 58% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Genie Energy’s competitors have a beta of 0.24, indicating that their average share price is 76% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

16.3% of Genie Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.1% of shares of all “Electric & other services combined” companies are held by institutional investors. 34.4% of Genie Energy shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.3% of shares of all “Electric & other services combined” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Genie Energy and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Genie Energy $280.31 million $22.78 million 9.19
Genie Energy Competitors $9.20 billion $447.87 million 16.85

Genie Energy’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Genie Energy. Genie Energy 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.

Summary

Genie Energy competitors beat Genie Energy on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Genie Energy

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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