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Southwest Gas (SWX) Competitors

$77.77
+0.09 (+0.12%)
(As of 05/20/2024 ET)

SWX vs. CPK, NFG, UGI, MDU, IDA, POR, BIPC, AQN, ENIC, and NJR

Should you be buying Southwest Gas stock or one of its competitors? The main competitors of Southwest Gas include Chesapeake Utilities (CPK), National Fuel Gas (NFG), UGI (UGI), MDU Resources Group (MDU), IDACORP (IDA), Portland General Electric (POR), Brookfield Infrastructure (BIPC), Algonquin Power & Utilities (AQN), Enel Chile (ENIC), and New Jersey Resources (NJR). These companies are all part of the "utilities" sector.

Southwest Gas vs.

Chesapeake Utilities (NYSE:CPK) and Southwest Gas (NYSE:SWX) are both mid-cap utilities companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, media sentiment, community ranking, risk, valuation, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Southwest Gas has higher revenue and earnings than Chesapeake Utilities. Chesapeake Utilities is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Southwest Gas, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

CompanyGross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Chesapeake Utilities$670.60M3.75$87.21M$4.7623.74
Southwest Gas$5.43B1.02$150.89M$2.6729.05

83.1% of Chesapeake Utilities shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.8% of Southwest Gas shares are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of Chesapeake Utilities shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.4% of Southwest Gas shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

In the previous week, Southwest Gas had 5 more articles in the media than Chesapeake Utilities. MarketBeat recorded 7 mentions for Southwest Gas and 2 mentions for Chesapeake Utilities. Southwest Gas' average media sentiment score of 1.09 beat Chesapeake Utilities' score of 0.46 indicating that Chesapeake Utilities is being referred to more favorably in the media.

Company Very Positive Positive Neutral Negative Very Negative Overall Sentiment
Chesapeake Utilities
1 Very Positive mention(s)
0 Positive mention(s)
1 Neutral mention(s)
0 Negative mention(s)
0 Very Negative mention(s)
Positive
Southwest Gas
3 Very Positive mention(s)
2 Positive mention(s)
1 Neutral mention(s)
0 Negative mention(s)
0 Very Negative mention(s)
Neutral

Chesapeake Utilities received 60 more outperform votes than Southwest Gas when rated by MarketBeat users. Likewise, 60.87% of users gave Chesapeake Utilities an outperform vote while only 51.49% of users gave Southwest Gas an outperform vote.

CompanyUnderperformOutperform
Chesapeake UtilitiesOutperform Votes
336
60.87%
Underperform Votes
216
39.13%
Southwest GasOutperform Votes
276
51.49%
Underperform Votes
260
48.51%

Chesapeake Utilities has a net margin of 13.90% compared to Chesapeake Utilities' net margin of 3.56%. Southwest Gas' return on equity of 10.17% beat Chesapeake Utilities' return on equity.

Company Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Chesapeake Utilities13.90% 10.17% 3.91%
Southwest Gas 3.56%6.71%1.86%

Chesapeake Utilities presently has a consensus price target of $109.50, suggesting a potential downside of 3.09%. Southwest Gas has a consensus price target of $75.00, suggesting a potential downside of 3.55%. Given Southwest Gas' stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Chesapeake Utilities is more favorable than Southwest Gas.

Company Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Chesapeake Utilities
0 Sell rating(s)
1 Hold rating(s)
2 Buy rating(s)
0 Strong Buy rating(s)
2.67
Southwest Gas
0 Sell rating(s)
2 Hold rating(s)
0 Buy rating(s)
0 Strong Buy rating(s)
2.00

Chesapeake Utilities has a beta of 0.6, meaning that its stock price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Southwest Gas has a beta of 0.36, meaning that its stock price is 64% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Chesapeake Utilities pays an annual dividend of $2.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Southwest Gas pays an annual dividend of $2.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Chesapeake Utilities pays out 49.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Southwest Gas pays out 92.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Chesapeake Utilities has increased its dividend for 20 consecutive years and Southwest Gas has increased its dividend for 17 consecutive years.

Summary

Chesapeake Utilities beats Southwest Gas on 15 of the 21 factors compared between the two stocks.

New MarketBeat Followers Over Time

This chart shows the number of new MarketBeat users adding SWX and its top 5 competitors to their watchlist. Each company is represented with a line over a 90 day period.
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Media Sentiment Over Time

This chart shows the average media sentiment of NYSE and its competitors over the past 90 days as caculated by MarketBeat. The averaged score is equivalent to the following: Very Negative Sentiment <= -1.5, Negative Sentiment > -1.5 and <= -0.5, Neutral Sentiment > -0.5 and < 0.5, Positive Sentiment >= 0.5 and < 1.5, and Very Positive Sentiment >= 1.5.
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SWX vs. The Competition

MetricSouthwest GasGas transmission & distribution IndustryUtilities SectorNYSE Exchange
Market Cap$5.56B$11.66B$11.46B$17.99B
Dividend Yield3.19%3.04%4.10%3.43%
P/E Ratio29.0512.5780.9422.99
Price / Sales1.022.0827.3810.86
Price / Cash8.1810.5254.4115.96
Price / Book1.682.121.965.05
Net Income$150.89M$530.11M$572.47M$973.44M
7 Day Performance2.23%4.82%1.44%2.89%
1 Month Performance5.57%11.78%6.56%7.79%
1 Year Performance35.05%12.33%3.99%25.27%

Southwest Gas Competitors List

CompanyMarketRankShare PriceAnalysts' Price Target1Y Price PerformanceMarket CapRevenueP/E RatioEmployee CountIndicator(s)
CPK
Chesapeake Utilities
4.0389 of 5 stars
$110.72
+0.3%
$109.50
-1.1%
-9.8%$2.47B$79.18B23.261,281Positive News
NFG
National Fuel Gas
4.6045 of 5 stars
$56.48
+0.6%
$62.00
+9.8%
+9.3%$5.19B$2.17B11.212,240Positive News
UGI
UGI
3.8127 of 5 stars
$24.73
+0.3%
$27.00
+9.2%
-11.6%$5.18B$8.93B-60.305,160
MDU
MDU Resources Group
3.2443 of 5 stars
$25.05
-0.9%
N/A-13.1%$5.11B$4.44B10.709,145Dividend Announcement
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IDA
IDACORP
4.0068 of 5 stars
$97.67
-0.5%
$94.60
-3.1%
-7.2%$4.95B$1.77B19.612,112Positive News
High Trading Volume
POR
Portland General Electric
1.7604 of 5 stars
$44.27
-1.1%
$43.57
-1.6%
-8.9%$4.56B$2.92B16.962,842
BIPC
Brookfield Infrastructure
2.1531 of 5 stars
$33.98
-1.1%
$42.00
+23.6%
-24.1%$4.48B$2.91B23.601,700Positive News
AQN
Algonquin Power & Utilities
3.82 of 5 stars
$6.49
-0.6%
$7.44
+14.8%
-21.4%$4.47B$2.70B-13.233,500
ENIC
Enel Chile
0.9304 of 5 stars
$3.16
+2.3%
N/A+11.0%$4.37B$4.12T6.082,077
NJR
New Jersey Resources
2.6414 of 5 stars
$43.97
-0.3%
$45.00
+2.3%
-10.6%$4.35B$1.96B17.381,350Positive News

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This page (NYSE:SWX) was last updated on 5/20/2024 by MarketBeat.com Staff

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