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Northwest Natural (NWN) Competitors

$37.68
+0.75 (+2.03%)
(As of 03/4/2024 ET)

NWN vs. NJR, NFG, SR, OGS, KEN, HE, TDS, IDT, SHEN, and MSEX

Should you be buying Northwest Natural stock or one of its competitors? The main competitors of Northwest Natural include New Jersey Resources (NJR), National Fuel Gas (NFG), Spire (SR), ONE Gas (OGS), Kenon (KEN), Hawaiian Electric Industries (HE), Telephone and Data Systems (TDS), IDT (IDT), Shenandoah Telecommunications (SHEN), and Middlesex Water (MSEX). These companies are all part of the "utilities" sector.

Northwest Natural vs.

Northwest Natural (NYSE:NWN) and New Jersey Resources (NYSE:NJR) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, media sentiment, community ranking, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Northwest Natural pays an annual dividend of $1.95 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.2%. New Jersey Resources pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.0%. Northwest Natural pays out 75.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. New Jersey Resources pays out 68.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Northwest Natural presently has a consensus price target of $45.20, suggesting a potential upside of 19.96%. New Jersey Resources has a consensus price target of $45.00, suggesting a potential upside of 6.58%. Given Northwest Natural's higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Northwest Natural is more favorable than New Jersey Resources.

Company Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Northwest Natural
0 Sell rating(s)
4 Hold rating(s)
0 Buy rating(s)
0 Strong Buy rating(s)
2.00
New Jersey Resources
0 Sell rating(s)
3 Hold rating(s)
0 Buy rating(s)
0 Strong Buy rating(s)
2.00

New Jersey Resources received 49 more outperform votes than Northwest Natural when rated by MarketBeat users. Likewise, 57.22% of users gave New Jersey Resources an outperform vote while only 52.41% of users gave Northwest Natural an outperform vote.

CompanyUnderperformOutperform
Northwest NaturalOutperform Votes
272
52.41%
Underperform Votes
247
47.59%
New Jersey ResourcesOutperform Votes
321
57.22%
Underperform Votes
240
42.78%

73.9% of Northwest Natural shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.1% of New Jersey Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.8% of Northwest Natural shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.8% of New Jersey Resources shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Northwest Natural has a beta of 0.57, suggesting that its share price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, New Jersey Resources has a beta of 0.63, suggesting that its share price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500.

In the previous week, Northwest Natural had 4 more articles in the media than New Jersey Resources. MarketBeat recorded 9 mentions for Northwest Natural and 5 mentions for New Jersey Resources. New Jersey Resources' average media sentiment score of 1.06 beat Northwest Natural's score of 1.04 indicating that New Jersey Resources is being referred to more favorably in the news media.

Company Very Positive Positive Neutral Negative Very Negative Overall Sentiment
Northwest Natural
7 Very Positive mention(s)
0 Positive mention(s)
0 Neutral mention(s)
0 Negative mention(s)
0 Very Negative mention(s)
Positive
New Jersey Resources
4 Very Positive mention(s)
0 Positive mention(s)
0 Neutral mention(s)
0 Negative mention(s)
0 Very Negative mention(s)
Positive

New Jersey Resources has a net margin of 13.96% compared to Northwest Natural's net margin of 7.84%. New Jersey Resources' return on equity of 11.13% beat Northwest Natural's return on equity.

Company Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Northwest Natural7.84% 7.52% 2.01%
New Jersey Resources 13.96%11.13%3.46%

New Jersey Resources has higher revenue and earnings than Northwest Natural. Northwest Natural is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than New Jersey Resources, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

CompanyGross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Northwest Natural$1.20B1.19$93.87M$2.6014.49
New Jersey Resources$1.96B2.11$264.72M$2.4417.30

Summary

New Jersey Resources beats Northwest Natural on 12 of the 18 factors compared between the two stocks.


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Media Sentiment Over Time

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NWN vs. The Competition

MetricNorthwest NaturalNatural gas distribution IndustryUtilities SectorNYSE Exchange
Market Cap$1.39B$7.78B$11.15B$17.56B
Dividend Yield5.28%4.01%4.26%3.55%
P/E Ratio14.499.4882.9621.52
Price / Sales1.192.2227.086.89
Price / Cash6.107.6623.8015.39
Price / Book1.082.551.895.46
Net Income$93.87M$1.17B$510.42M$981.71M
7 Day Performance3.06%1.19%0.74%0.72%
1 Month Performance5.13%0.97%-0.23%4.22%
1 Year Performance-21.94%-5.08%1.25%94.28%

Northwest Natural Competitors List

CompanyMarketRankShare PriceAnalysts' Price Target1Y Price PerformanceMarket CapRevenueP/E RatioEmployee CountIndicator(s)
NJR
New Jersey Resources
2.2156 of 5 stars
$41.37
+1.2%
$45.00
+8.8%
-17.8%$4.07B$1.96B16.951,350Short Interest ↑
Positive News
NFG
National Fuel Gas
4.412 of 5 stars
$49.00
+1.0%
$60.25
+23.0%
-14.8%$4.51B$2.17B10.272,240Positive News
SR
Spire
3.4429 of 5 stars
$59.07
+0.9%
$61.43
+4.0%
-13.0%$3.25B$2.67B15.923,589Short Interest ↓
Analyst Revision
OGS
ONE Gas
3.8918 of 5 stars
$59.01
+1.2%
$64.57
+9.4%
-25.1%$3.34B$2.37B14.253,900
KEN
Kenon
1.624 of 5 stars
$25.20
+0.6%
N/A-4.6%$1.36B$573.96M-1.25288
HE
Hawaiian Electric Industries
1.7552 of 5 stars
$12.57
+2.6%
$11.50
-8.5%
-71.4%$1.38B$3.68B6.943,756Short Interest ↓
TDS
Telephone and Data Systems
4.1463 of 5 stars
$14.77
+1.5%
$26.33
+78.3%
+30.1%$1.67B$5.16B-2.928,800Positive News
IDT
IDT
1.1411 of 5 stars
$37.41
+2.1%
N/A+20.7%$941.24M$1.24B25.801,890Short Interest ↑
SHEN
Shenandoah Telecommunications
2.4887 of 5 stars
$18.64
-0.4%
$22.00
+18.0%
-3.9%$937.03M$287.38M116.51842Analyst Upgrade
MSEX
Middlesex Water
3.567 of 5 stars
$50.92
+0.6%
$85.00
+66.9%
-32.3%$906.89M$162.43M27.67350Earnings Report

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This page (NYSE:NWN) was last updated on 3/5/2024 by MarketBeat.com Staff