South Jersey Industries (NYSE: SJI) is one of 14 publicly-traded companies in the “Natural Gas Distribution” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare South Jersey Industries to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, risk, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.
South Jersey Industries pays an annual dividend of $1.09 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. South Jersey Industries pays out 227.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Natural Gas Distribution” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.4% and pay out 61.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.
South Jersey Industries has a beta of 0.72, indicating that its share price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, South Jersey Industries’ peers have a beta of 0.48, indicating that their average share price is 52% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares South Jersey Industries and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||NetIncome||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|South Jersey Industries||$1.04 billion||$118.81 million||67.56|
|South Jersey Industries Competitors||$2.04 billion||$171.22 million||22.36|
South Jersey Industries’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than South Jersey Industries. South Jersey Industries is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.
This table compares South Jersey Industries and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|South Jersey Industries||3.13%||7.16%||2.44%|
|South Jersey Industries Competitors||4.59%||-11.07%||3.67%|
Institutional and Insider Ownership
69.9% of South Jersey Industries shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.4% of shares of all “Natural Gas Distribution” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of South Jersey Industries shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of shares of all “Natural Gas Distribution” companies are owned by 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.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for South Jersey Industries and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|South Jersey Industries||0||4||3||0||2.43|
|South Jersey Industries Competitors||59||208||227||5||2.36|
South Jersey Industries currently has a consensus price target of $38.00, indicating a potential upside of 17.18%. As a group, “Natural Gas Distribution” companies have a potential downside of 3.57%. Given South Jersey Industries’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe South Jersey Industries is more favorable than its peers.
South Jersey Industries peers beat South Jersey Industries on 8 of the 15 factors compared.
About South Jersey Industries
South Jersey Industries, Inc. (SJI) is an energy services holding company. The Company provides a range of energy-related products and services, primarily through its subsidiaries. Its subsidiaries include South Jersey Gas Company (SJG), South Jersey Energy Company (SJE), South Jersey Resources Group, LLC (SJRG), South Jersey Exploration, LLC (SJEX), Marina Energy, LLC (Marina), South Jersey Energy Service Plus, LLC (SJESP) and SJI Midstream, LLC (Midstream). Its segments include Gas utility operations (SJG), which consist primarily of natural gas distribution; Wholesale energy operations, which include the activities of SJRG and SJEX; SJE, which is involved in both retail gas and retail electric activities; On-Site energy production, which consists of Marina’s thermal energy facility; Appliance service operations, which include SJESP, and Corporate and Services segment, which includes the activities of Midstream.
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