Contrasting Avista Corporation (AVA) & Its Rivals

Avista Corporation (NYSE: AVA) is one of 21 public companies in the “Multiline Utilities” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Avista Corporation to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Avista Corporation and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Avista Corporation $1.46 billion $471.76 million 24.36
Avista Corporation Competitors $8.13 billion $2.16 billion 21.01

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

Risk and Volatility

Avista Corporation has a beta of 0.45, meaning that its share price is 55% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Avista Corporation’s peers have a beta of 0.61, meaning that their average share price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Avista Corporation 9.35% 8.19% 2.57%
Avista Corporation Competitors 8.68% 8.64% 1.99%

Dividends

Avista Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.43 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Avista Corporation pays out 67.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Multiline Utilities” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.0% and pay out 71.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Avista Corporation has increased its dividend for 14 consecutive years.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

69.7% of Avista Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.3% of shares of all “Multiline Utilities” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of Avista Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.1% of shares of all “Multiline Utilities” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Avista Corporation and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Avista Corporation 1 3 0 0 1.75
Avista Corporation Competitors 360 1059 828 9 2.22

Avista Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $44.00, suggesting a potential downside of 14.38%. As a group, “Multiline Utilities” companies have a potential upside of 5.75%. Given Avista Corporation’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Avista Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

Avista Corporation peers beat Avista Corporation on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Avista Corporation Company Profile

Avista Corporation is an electric and natural gas utility company. The Company operates through two segments: Avista Utilities, and Alaska Electric Light and Power Company (AEL&P). The Company’s regional services include government and higher education, medical services, retail trade and finance. The Company’s businesses also include sheet metal fabrication, venture fund investments, real estate investments, a company that explores markets that could be served with liquefied natural gas (LNG), as well as certain other investments of Avista Capital, which is a subsidiary of the Company. Avista Utilities is an operating division of the Company, which consists of its regulated utility operations in the Pacific Northwest. Avista Utilities division generates, transmits and distributes electricity, and distributes natural gas. As of December 31, 2016, AEL&P operated five hydroelectric generation facilities with 102.7 megawatts (MW) of hydroelectric generation capacity.

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