Critical Review: RGC Resources (RGCO) versus Its Peers

RGC Resources (NASDAQ: RGCO) is one of 14 publicly-traded companies in the “Natural Gas Distribution” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare RGC Resources to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, earnings and profitability.

Volatility & Risk

RGC Resources has a beta of -0.02, suggesting that its share price is 102% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, RGC Resources’ rivals have a beta of 0.38, suggesting that their average share price is 62% less volatile than the S&P 500.


RGC Resources pays an annual dividend of $0.62 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. RGC Resources pays out 74.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Natural Gas Distribution” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.7% and pay out 59.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. RGC Resources lags its rivals as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.


This table compares RGC Resources and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
RGC Resources 1.57% 1.07% 0.35%
RGC Resources Competitors 4.11% -12.76% 3.68%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares RGC Resources and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
RGC Resources $62.30 million $6.23 million 29.24
RGC Resources Competitors $2.09 billion $171.32 million 19.33

RGC Resources’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than RGC Resources. RGC Resources is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for RGC Resources and its rivals, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
RGC Resources 0 0 1 0 3.00
RGC Resources Competitors 66 227 244 7 2.35

RGC Resources presently has a consensus target price of $27.00, indicating a potential upside of 11.25%. As a group, “Natural Gas Distribution” companies have a potential upside of 14.69%. Given RGC Resources’ rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe RGC Resources has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

66.0% of shares of all “Natural Gas Distribution” companies are held by institutional investors. 8.9% of RGC Resources shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of shares of all “Natural Gas Distribution” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


RGC Resources rivals beat RGC Resources on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

RGC Resources Company Profile

RGC Resources, Inc. (Resources) is an energy services company. The Company is engaged in the regulated sale and distribution of natural gas to residential, commercial and industrial customers in Roanoke, Virginia, and the surrounding localities, through its Roanoke Gas Company (Roanoke Gas) subsidiary. Roanoke Gas also provides certain non-regulated services. It maintains an integrated natural gas distribution system to deliver natural gas purchased from suppliers to residential, commercial and industrial users in its service territory. As of September 30, 2016, Resources had approximately 1,132 miles of transmission and distribution pipeline. As of September 30, 2016, Roanoke Gas owned and operated eight metering stations. It also owns a liquefied natural gas storage facility located in Botetourt County that has the capacity to store up to 220,000 dekatherm (DTH) of natural gas. The Company’s subsidiaries also include Diversified Energy Company and RGC Midstream, LLC.

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