NewJersey Resources Corporation (NYSE: NJR) and UGI Corporation (NYSE:UGI) are both mid-cap utilities companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for NewJersey Resources Corporation and UGI Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NewJersey Resources Corporation 1 1 2 0 2.25
UGI Corporation 1 1 1 0 2.00

NewJersey Resources Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $39.75, indicating a potential downside of 8.93%. UGI Corporation has a consensus price target of $46.00, indicating a potential downside of 6.90%. Given UGI Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe UGI Corporation is more favorable than NewJersey Resources Corporation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares NewJersey Resources Corporation and UGI Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NewJersey Resources Corporation $2.20 billion 1.72 $321.77 million $2.23 19.57
UGI Corporation $5.98 billion 1.43 $1.35 billion $2.18 22.67

UGI Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than NewJersey Resources Corporation. NewJersey Resources Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than UGI Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

NewJersey Resources Corporation has a beta of 0.47, suggesting that its share price is 53% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, UGI Corporation has a beta of 0.67, suggesting that its share price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

64.0% of NewJersey Resources Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.8% of UGI Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of NewJersey Resources Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of UGI Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

NewJersey Resources Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.02 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. UGI Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. NewJersey Resources Corporation pays out 45.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. UGI Corporation pays out 45.9% 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. NewJersey Resources Corporation has increased its dividend for 31 consecutive years and UGI Corporation has increased its dividend for 21 consecutive years. NewJersey Resources Corporation is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Profitability

This table compares NewJersey Resources Corporation and UGI Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NewJersey Resources Corporation 8.81% 12.77% 4.10%
UGI Corporation 6.48% 10.44% 3.54%

Summary

NewJersey Resources Corporation beats UGI Corporation on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About NewJersey Resources Corporation

New Jersey Resources Corporation is an energy services holding company. The Company’s business is the distribution of natural gas through a regulated utility, which provides other retail and wholesale energy services to customers and investing in clean energy projects and midstream assets. It operates in four business segments: Natural Gas Distribution, Clean Energy Ventures, Energy Services and Midstream. The Natural Gas Distribution segment consists of regulated natural gas services, off-system sales, capacity and storage management operations. The Energy Services segment consists of unregulated wholesale energy operations. The Clean Energy Ventures segment consists of capital investments in clean energy projects. The Midstream segment consists of investments in the midstream natural gas market, such as natural gas transportation and storage facilities. The Home Services and Other operations consist of heating, cooling and water appliance sales and installations, among others.

About UGI Corporation

UGI Corporation is a holding company. The Company distributes, stores, transports and markets energy products and related services. It operates through six segments. The AmeriGas Propane segment consists of the propane distribution business of AmeriGas Partners, L.P. The UGI France segment consists of the French LPG distribution business of its subsidiaries, Antargaz, Finagaz and its liquefied petroleum gases (LPG) distribution businesses. The Flaga & Other segment consists of the LPG distribution businesses of Flaga GmbH, AvantiGas Limited and ChinaGas Partners, L.P. The Energy Services segment consists of energy-related businesses conducted by its subsidiary, UGI Energy Services, LLC (Energy Services). The Electric Generation segment consists of electric generation facilities conducted by Energy Services’ subsidiary. The Gas Utility segment consists of the regulated natural gas distribution businesses of its subsidiary, UGI Utilities, Inc.

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