South Jersey Industries (NYSE: SJI) is one of 17 publicly-traded companies in the “Natural Gas Distribution” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare South Jersey Industries to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares South Jersey Industries and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
South Jersey Industries $1.04 billion $118.81 million 30.20
South Jersey Industries Competitors $1.99 billion $162.23 million 22.72

South Jersey Industries’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than South Jersey Industries. South Jersey Industries 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.

Profitability

This table compares South Jersey Industries and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
South Jersey Industries 3.13% 7.06% 2.44%
South Jersey Industries Competitors 3.72% -3.57% 2.67%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for South Jersey Industries and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
South Jersey Industries 0 4 3 0 2.43
South Jersey Industries Competitors 57 205 220 5 2.36

South Jersey Industries currently has a consensus price target of $38.00, suggesting a potential upside of 16.49%. As a group, “Natural Gas Distribution” companies have a potential downside of 2.46%. Given South Jersey Industries’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe South Jersey Industries is more favorable than its rivals.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

69.9% of South Jersey Industries shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.7% of shares of all “Natural Gas Distribution” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of South Jersey Industries shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of shares of all “Natural Gas Distribution” companies are held by 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.

Risk & Volatility

South Jersey Industries has a beta of 0.72, suggesting that its stock price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, South Jersey Industries’ rivals have a beta of 0.44, suggesting that their average stock price is 56% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

South Jersey Industries pays an annual dividend of $1.09 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. South Jersey Industries pays out 100.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Natural Gas Distribution” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.3% and pay out 60.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

South Jersey Industries rivals beat South Jersey Industries on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About South Jersey Industries

South Jersey Industries, Inc. (SJI) is an energy services holding company. The Company provides a range of energy-related products and services, primarily through its subsidiaries. Its subsidiaries include South Jersey Gas Company (SJG), South Jersey Energy Company (SJE), South Jersey Resources Group, LLC (SJRG), South Jersey Exploration, LLC (SJEX), Marina Energy, LLC (Marina), South Jersey Energy Service Plus, LLC (SJESP) and SJI Midstream, LLC (Midstream). Its segments include Gas utility operations (SJG), which consist primarily of natural gas distribution; Wholesale energy operations, which include the activities of SJRG and SJEX; SJE, which is involved in both retail gas and retail electric activities; On-Site energy production, which consists of Marina’s thermal energy facility; Appliance service operations, which include SJESP, and Corporate and Services segment, which includes the activities of Midstream.

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