Contrasting WGL (WGL) and The Competition

WGL (NYSE: WGL) is one of 24 publicly-traded companies in the “UTIL-GAS DISTR” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare WGL to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, profitability, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and risk.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
WGL 11.40% 12.67% 2.96%
WGL Competitors 5.66% -4.14% 3.79%

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
WGL $2.35 billion $193.94 million 15.50
WGL Competitors $4.81 billion $275.75 million -11.39

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

72.7% of WGL shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.5% of shares of all “UTIL-GAS DISTR” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of WGL shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 4.7% of shares of all “UTIL-GAS DISTR” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

WGL has a beta of 0.56, indicating that its stock price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, WGL’s competitors have a beta of 0.64, indicating that their average stock price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for WGL and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
WGL 0 1 0 0 2.00
WGL Competitors 161 588 470 17 2.28

As a group, “UTIL-GAS DISTR” companies have a potential upside of 9.10%. Given WGL’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe WGL has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Dividends

WGL pays an annual dividend of $2.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. WGL pays out 38.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “UTIL-GAS DISTR” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.1% and pay out 66.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. WGL has raised its dividend for 41 consecutive years.

Summary

WGL competitors beat WGL on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

WGL Company Profile

WGL Holdings, Inc. (WGL) is a holding company. The Company operates through four segments. The Regulated Utility segment consists of Washington Gas Light Company, which provides regulated gas distribution services to end use customers and natural gas transportation services to an unaffiliated natural gas distribution company and Hampshire Gas Company, which provides regulated interstate natural gas storage services. The Retail Energy-Marketing segment consists of the operations of WGL Energy Services, Inc., which sells natural gas and electricity directly to retail customers. The Commercial Energy Systems segment consists of the operations of WGL Energy Systems, Inc., WGSW, Inc. and the results of operations of affiliate-owned commercial distributed energy projects. The Midstream Energy Services segment consists of the operations of WGL Midstream, Inc., which engages in acquiring, investing in, managing and optimizing natural gas storage and transportation assets.

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