National Grid Transco (NYSE: NGG) is one of 19 publicly-traded companies in the “Multiline Utilities” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare National Grid Transco to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for National Grid Transco and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
National Grid Transco 1 5 6 0 2.42
National Grid Transco Competitors 340 994 852 6 2.24

National Grid Transco currently has a consensus target price of $69.00, indicating a potential upside of 15.10%. As a group, “Multiline Utilities” companies have a potential upside of 10.54%. Given National Grid Transco’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe National Grid Transco is more favorable than its rivals.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

5.6% of National Grid Transco shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 67.2% of shares of all “Multiline Utilities” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.1% of shares of all “Multiline Utilities” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

National Grid Transco has a beta of 0.44, suggesting that its stock price is 56% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, National Grid Transco’s rivals have a beta of 0.60, suggesting that their average stock price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares National Grid Transco and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
National Grid Transco $18.62 billion $10.19 billion N/A
National Grid Transco Competitors $6.18 billion $1.36 billion 447.86

National Grid Transco has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals.

Dividends

National Grid Transco pays an annual dividend of $1.87 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. As a group, “Multiline Utilities” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.0% and pay out 75.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares National Grid Transco and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
National Grid Transco N/A N/A N/A
National Grid Transco Competitors 8.61% 9.08% 2.56%

National Grid Transco Company Profile

National Grid plc is an electricity and gas utility company focused on transmission and distribution activities in electricity and gas in both the United Kingdom and the United States. The Company’s segments include UK Electricity Transmission, which is engaged in high voltage electricity transmission networks in Great Britain; UK Gas Transmission, which is the gas transmission network in Great Britain and United Kingdom liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage activities; UK Gas Distribution, which includes approximately four of the eight regional networks of Great Britain’s gas distribution system, and US Regulated, which includes gas distribution networks, electricity distribution networks and high voltage electricity transmission networks in New York, and New England and electricity generation facilities in New York. Its other activities relate to non-regulated businesses and other commercial operations not included within the above segments.

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