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Unitil (UTL) Competitors

$50.56
+0.29 (+0.58%)
(As of 02/23/2024 ET)

UTL vs. GNE, AVA, NWE, EDN, IDT, CLNE, MSEX, SHEN, YORW, and CNSL

Should you be buying Unitil stock or one of its competitors? The main competitors of Unitil include Genie Energy (GNE), Avista (AVA), NorthWestern Energy Group (NWE), Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora Norte Sociedad Anónima (EDN), IDT (IDT), Clean Energy Fuels (CLNE), Middlesex Water (MSEX), Shenandoah Telecommunications (SHEN), York Water (YORW), and Consolidated Communications (CNSL). These companies are all part of the "utilities" sector.

Unitil vs.

Genie Energy (NYSE:GNE) and Unitil (NYSE:UTL) are both small-cap utilities companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, community ranking, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, media sentiment, institutional ownership, earnings and risk.

In the previous week, Unitil had 2 more articles in the media than Genie Energy. MarketBeat recorded 2 mentions for Unitil and 0 mentions for Genie Energy. Genie Energy's average media sentiment score of 2.37 beat Unitil's score of 0.00 indicating that Unitil is being referred to more favorably in the news media.

Company Overall Sentiment
Genie Energy Neutral
Unitil Very Positive

Genie Energy has a net margin of 14.98% compared to Genie Energy's net margin of 8.11%. Unitil's return on equity of 26.88% beat Genie Energy's return on equity.

Company Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Genie Energy14.98% 26.88% 17.13%
Unitil 8.11%9.32%2.78%

Unitil has a consensus target price of $51.00, indicating a potential upside of 0.87%. Given Genie Energy's higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Unitil is more favorable than Genie Energy.

Company Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Genie Energy
0 Sell rating(s)
0 Hold rating(s)
0 Buy rating(s)
0 Strong Buy rating(s)
N/A
Unitil
0 Sell rating(s)
2 Hold rating(s)
0 Buy rating(s)
0 Strong Buy rating(s)
2.00

Genie Energy has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Unitil. Genie Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Unitil, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

CompanyGross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Genie Energy$315.54M1.54$87.81M$2.257.86
Unitil$557.10M1.47$45.20M$2.8217.93

Genie Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Unitil pays an annual dividend of $1.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. Genie Energy pays out 13.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Unitil pays out 60.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Unitil has increased its dividend for 10 consecutive years. Unitil is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Genie Energy has a beta of 0.21, indicating that its share price is 79% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Unitil has a beta of 0.57, indicating that its share price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Unitil received 153 more outperform votes than Genie Energy when rated by MarketBeat users. Likewise, 61.79% of users gave Unitil an outperform vote while only 57.10% of users gave Genie Energy an outperform vote.

CompanyUnderperformOutperform
Genie EnergyOutperform Votes
185
57.10%
Underperform Votes
139
42.90%
UnitilOutperform Votes
338
61.79%
Underperform Votes
209
38.21%

41.6% of Genie Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.1% of Unitil shares are owned by institutional investors. 18.9% of Genie Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.9% of Unitil shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Unitil beats Genie Energy on 12 of the 19 factors compared between the two stocks.


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Media Sentiment Over Time

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UTL vs. The Competition

MetricUnitilElectric & other services combined IndustryUtilities SectorNYSE Exchange
Market Cap$817.20M$15.80B$11.80B$17.56B
Dividend Yield3.36%4.01%4.24%3.57%
P/E Ratio17.9311.7379.5221.27
Price / Sales1.471.9420.247.29
Price / Cash7.237.5418.5117.54
Price / Book1.671.591.836.10
Net Income$45.20M$846.09M$489.34M$870.05M
7 Day Performance-0.37%-1.02%0.50%-0.34%
1 Month Performance4.08%-1.54%-1.74%1.85%
1 Year Performance-8.74%-12.87%0.05%89.27%

Unitil Competitors List

CompanyMarketRankShare PriceAnalysts' Price Target1Y Price PerformanceMarket CapRevenueP/E RatioEmployee CountIndicator(s)
GNE
Genie Energy
1.3328 of 5 stars
$17.78
-2.9%
N/A+49.4%$487.49M$405.18M7.90172
AVA
Avista
3.9239 of 5 stars
$33.95
+1.1%
$33.50
-1.3%
-18.3%$2.63B$1.71B15.431,767Earnings Report
Analyst Upgrade
News Coverage
NWE
NorthWestern Energy Group
2.2672 of 5 stars
$48.92
+0.2%
$53.38
+9.1%
-14.9%$3.00B$1.42B15.191,530News Coverage
EDN
Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora Norte Sociedad Anónima
0 of 5 stars
$19.21
+3.1%
N/A+106.0%$870.60M$1.58B4.665,756News Coverage
Gap Up
IDT
IDT
1.9885 of 5 stars
$35.39
-0.8%
N/A+16.3%$890.41M$1.24B24.411,890
CLNE
Clean Energy Fuels
3.5746 of 5 stars
$3.11
-2.2%
$9.25
+197.4%
-47.1%$693.59M$420.16M-7.40496Upcoming Earnings
MSEX
Middlesex Water
4.7676 of 5 stars
$55.33
-1.3%
$85.00
+53.6%
-37.7%$985.43M$162.43M30.07350Upcoming Earnings
News Coverage
Positive News
SHEN
Shenandoah Telecommunications
1.3465 of 5 stars
$19.42
-1.2%
$22.00
+13.3%
-5.6%$988.19M$284.88M277.43842Earnings Report
Analyst Revision
Gap Down
YORW
York Water
4.336 of 5 stars
$36.62
-0.1%
N/A-20.9%$524.40M$60.06M23.03116News Coverage
CNSL
Consolidated Communications
0.4306 of 5 stars
$4.34
-0.2%
$3.50
-19.4%
+9.9%$505.57M$1.19B-1.743,200

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This page (NYSE:UTL) was last updated on 2/25/2024 by MarketBeat.com Staff