UIL (NYSE: UIL) is one of 79 public companies in the “Electric Utilities” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare UIL to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares UIL and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
UIL 4.73% 4.50% 1.21%
UIL Competitors -15.37% 9.35% 2.52%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

65.1% of shares of all “Electric Utilities” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.7% of shares of all “Electric Utilities” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for UIL and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
UIL 0 0 0 0 N/A
UIL Competitors 578 2972 2340 42 2.31

As a group, “Electric Utilities” companies have a potential upside of 13.82%. Given UIL’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe UIL has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares UIL and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
UIL N/A N/A 23.63
UIL Competitors $7.82 billion $862.09 million 65.44

UIL’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than UIL. UIL is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

UIL peers beat UIL on 7 of the 8 factors compared.

UIL Company Profile

UIL Holdings Corporation (UIL Holdings) is engaged in the ownership of its operating regulated utility businesses. The utility businesses consist of the electric distribution and transmission operations of The United Illuminating Company (UI) and the natural gas transportation, distribution and sales operations of The Southern Connecticut Gas Company (SCG), Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation (CNG) and The Berkshire Gas Company. The Company operates in two segments: Electric Distribution and Transmission, which is engaged in purchase, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity for residential, commercial and industrial purposes, and Gas Distribution, which is engaged in natural gas transportation, distribution and sales operations.

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