Public Service Enterprise Group (PEG) versus Its Competitors Critical Comparison

Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE: PEG) is one of 80 public companies in the “Electric Utilities” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Public Service Enterprise Group to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Public Service Enterprise Group and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Public Service Enterprise Group $9.06 billion $887.00 million 49.18
Public Service Enterprise Group Competitors $7.66 billion $831.80 million 50.52

Public Service Enterprise Group has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Public Service Enterprise Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Public Service Enterprise Group and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

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 529 2921 2363 42 2.33

Public Service Enterprise Group presently has a consensus target price of $50.23, suggesting a potential downside of 0.85%. As a group, “Electric Utilities” companies have a potential upside of 6.87%. Given Public Service Enterprise Group’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Public Service Enterprise Group has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

65.0% of Public Service Enterprise Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.4% 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 will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and 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 rivals have a beta of 0.67, suggesting that their average stock price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Public Service Enterprise Group and its rivals’ 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 -6.73% 8.03% 2.55%

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 103.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Public Service Enterprise Group has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Summary

Public Service Enterprise Group beats its rivals 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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