Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE: PEG) is one of 85 public companies in the “Electric Utilities” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Public Service Enterprise Group to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation and dividends.

Dividends

Public Service Enterprise Group pays an annual dividend of $1.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. Public Service Enterprise Group pays out 167.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Electric Utilities” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.2% and pay out 100.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Public Service Enterprise Group has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Public Service Enterprise Group and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Public Service Enterprise Group 0 5 9 0 2.64
Public Service Enterprise Group Competitors 545 2997 2405 41 2.32

Public Service Enterprise Group presently has a consensus target price of $50.23, suggesting a potential downside of 0.30%. As a group, “Electric Utilities” companies have a potential upside of 6.97%. Given Public Service Enterprise Group’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Public Service Enterprise Group has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Public Service Enterprise Group and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Public Service Enterprise Group 5.73% 11.33% 3.66%
Public Service Enterprise Group Competitors -10.61% 3.69% 0.60%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

65.0% of Public Service Enterprise Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.5% of shares of all “Electric Utilities” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of Public Service Enterprise Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.7% of shares of all “Electric Utilities” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Public Service Enterprise Group and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Public Service Enterprise Group $9.06 billion $887.00 million 48.91
Public Service Enterprise Group Competitors $7.66 billion $831.80 million 49.20

Public Service Enterprise Group has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Public Service Enterprise Group 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.

Risk & Volatility

Public Service Enterprise Group has a beta of 0.39, suggesting that its stock price is 61% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Public Service Enterprise Group’s competitors have a beta of 0.65, suggesting that their average stock price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Public Service Enterprise Group beats its competitors on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Public Service Enterprise Group

Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) is a holding company. The Company is an energy company with operations located primarily in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States. The Company’s segments include Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), PSEG Power LLC (Power) and Other. PSEG is engaged in the transmission of electricity and distribution of electricity and natural gas in certain areas of New Jersey. PSE&G is also the provider of last resort for gas and electric commodity service for end users in its service territory. Power is a multi-regional energy supply company that integrates the operations of its merchant nuclear and fossil generating assets with its power marketing businesses through energy sales in energy markets and fuel supply functions primarily in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic United States through its principal subsidiaries. In addition, Power owns and operates solar generation in various states.

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