Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is one of 84 publicly-traded companies in the “Electric Utilities” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Portland General Electric to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, valuation and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

93.2% of Portland General Electric shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.5% of shares of all “Electric Utilities” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of Portland General Electric shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.9% 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 company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Portland General Electric and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Portland General Electric 10.06% 8.48% 2.64%
Portland General Electric Competitors -10.78% 3.54% 0.55%

Dividends

Portland General Electric pays an annual dividend of $1.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Portland General Electric pays out 60.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Electric Utilities” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.2% and pay out 103.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Portland General Electric has raised its dividend for 11 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Portland General Electric and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Portland General Electric 4 3 0 0 1.43
Portland General Electric Competitors 700 3256 2451 52 2.29

Portland General Electric presently has a consensus price target of $42.00, indicating a potential downside of 7.98%. As a group, “Electric Utilities” companies have a potential upside of 6.93%. Given Portland General Electric’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Portland General Electric has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Risk and Volatility

Portland General Electric has a beta of 0.29, indicating that its share price is 71% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Portland General Electric’s competitors have a beta of 0.70, indicating that their average share price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Portland General Electric and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Portland General Electric $1.99 billion $687.00 million 20.38
Portland General Electric Competitors $7.19 billion $2.12 billion 30.23

Portland General Electric’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Portland General Electric. Portland General Electric 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.

Summary

Portland General Electric competitors beat Portland General Electric on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Portland General Electric Company Profile

Portland General Electric Company is an electric utility that is engaged in the wholesale purchase, transmission, distribution and retail sale of electricity in the State of Oregon. Its service area allocation of approximately 4,000 square miles is located entirely within Oregon and includes approximately 51 incorporated cities, of which Portland and Salem. It has five natural gas-fired generating facilities, which include Port Westward Unit 1 (PW1), Port Westward Unit 2 (PW2), Beaver natural gas-fired generating plant (Beaver), Coyote Springs Unit 1 (Coyote Springs) and Carty natural gas-fired generating plant (Carty). As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated two wind farms, Biglow Canyon Wind Farm (Biglow Canyon) and Tucannon River Wind Farm (Tucannon River). The Company’s hydroelectric projects consist of Pelton/Round Butte on the Deschutes River near Madras, Oregon, four plants on the Clackamas River, and one on the Willamette River.

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