Reviewing Genie Energy (GNE) and The Competition

Genie Energy (NYSE: GNE) is one of 22 publicly-traded companies in the “Electric & other services combined” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Genie Energy to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Risk and Volatility

Genie Energy has a beta of 1.58, meaning that its share price is 58% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Genie Energy’s competitors have a beta of 0.24, meaning that their average share price is 76% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

16.4% of Genie Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.1% of shares of all “Electric & other services combined” companies are owned by institutional investors. 34.4% of Genie Energy shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.2% of shares of all “Electric & other services combined” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Genie Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.5%. Genie Energy pays out 33.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Electric & other services combined” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.1% and pay out 62.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Genie Energy is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares Genie Energy and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Genie Energy 8.13% 41.33% 18.64%
Genie Energy Competitors 4.78% 11.17% 3.15%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Genie Energy and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Genie Energy 0 1 0 0 2.00
Genie Energy Competitors 329 1556 1137 10 2.27

As a group, “Electric & other services combined” companies have a potential downside of 2.86%. Given Genie Energy’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Genie Energy has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Genie Energy and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Genie Energy $280.31 million $22.78 million 9.42
Genie Energy Competitors $9.20 billion $447.87 million 16.52

Genie Energy’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Genie Energy. Genie Energy 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

Genie Energy competitors beat Genie Energy on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Genie Energy Company Profile

Genie Energy Ltd., through its subsidiaries, operates as a retail energy provider; and an oil and gas exploration company. The company operates through three segments: Genie Retail Energy; Afek Oil and Gas, Ltd.; and Genie Oil and Gas. It resells electricity and natural gas to residential and small business customers primarily in the Eastern and Midwestern United States; and offers energy brokerage and advisory services. The company also holds an 86.1% interest in the southern portion of the Golan Heights in Northern Israel. Genie Energy Ltd. was incorporated in 2001 and is headquartered in Newark, New Jersey.

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