Genie Energy (GNE) and Its Peers Critical Comparison

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Genie Energy and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Genie Energy 0 1 0 0 2.00
Genie Energy Competitors 333 1566 1140 10 2.27

As a group, “Electric & other services combined” companies have a potential downside of 3.81%. Given Genie Energy’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Genie Energy has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Volatility and Risk

Genie Energy has a beta of 1.55, suggesting that its share price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Genie Energy’s rivals have a beta of 0.24, suggesting that their average share price is 76% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Genie Energy and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Genie Energy $280.31 million $22.78 million 10.32
Genie Energy Competitors $9.20 billion $447.87 million 17.17

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

Institutional and Insider Ownership

16.5% of Genie Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.0% of shares of all “Electric & other services combined” companies are held by institutional investors. 29.6% of Genie Energy shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.9% of shares of all “Electric & other services combined” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Genie Energy and its rivals’ 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 5.15% 11.18% 3.14%

Dividends

Genie Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. 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 3.2% and pay out 68.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Genie Energy rivals beat Genie Energy on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Genie Energy

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; Genie Energy Services; and Genie Oil and Gas, Inc. It resells electricity and natural gas to residential and small business customers primarily in the Eastern and Midwestern United States, as well as in the United Kingdom, Japan, and Finland. The company also engages in the provision of energy brokerage and advisory services; and solar panel manufacturing, and solar installation design and project management activities. In addition, it holds an 86.1% interest in the southern portion of the Golan Heights in Northern Israel, as well as owns an interest in a contracted drilling services. Genie Energy Ltd. was incorporated in 2001 and is headquartered in Newark, New Jersey.

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