Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) and UGI (NYSE:UGI) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership and dividends.
Volatility & Risk
Sempra Energy has a beta of 0.49, indicating that its stock price is 51% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, UGI has a beta of 0.56, indicating that its stock price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Sempra Energy and UGI’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Institutional & Insider Ownership
82.4% of Sempra Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.2% of UGI shares are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of Sempra Energy shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.4% of UGI shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Sempra Energy pays an annual dividend of $3.58 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. UGI pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Sempra Energy pays out 66.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. UGI pays out 43.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Sempra Energy has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years and UGI has raised its dividend for 32 consecutive years.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Sempra Energy and UGI’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
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UGI has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Sempra Energy. UGI is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Sempra Energy, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Sempra Energy and UGI, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
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Sempra Energy currently has a consensus price target of $119.80, indicating a potential upside of 7.35%. UGI has a consensus price target of $47.00, indicating a potential upside of 2.73%. Given Sempra Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Sempra Energy is more favorable than UGI.
Sempra Energy beats UGI on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.
Sempra Energy Company Profile
Sempra Energy, together with its subsidiaries, invests in, develops, and operates energy infrastructure, as well as provides electric and gas services in the United States and internationally. The company's San Diego Gas & Electric Company segment engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity. This segment also sells, distributes, and transports natural gas. Its Southern California Gas Company segment owns and operates a natural gas distribution, transmission, and storage system that supplies natural gas. The company's Sempra South American Utilities segment develops, owns, operates, or holds interests in electric transmission, distribution, and generation infrastructure facilities. Its Sempra Mexico segment owns, develops, and operates natural gas transmission pipelines; liquid petroleum gas and ethane systems; electric generation facilities; a natural gas distribution utility; and liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminals, as well as associated storage terminals. The company's Sempra Renewables segment develops, owns, operates, or holds interests in wind and solar power generation facilities. Its Sempra LNG & Midstream segment develops, owns, operates, or holds interests in LNG, and natural gas midstream assets and operations in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. The company primarily serves residential, commercial, and industrial customers. Sempra Energy was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in San Diego, California.
UGI Company Profile
UGI Corporation distributes, stores, transports, and markets energy products and related services in the United States and internationally. It distributes propane to approximately 1.9 million residential, commercial/industrial, motor fuel, agricultural, and wholesale customers in 50 states through 1,900 propane distribution locations; and sells, installs, and services propane appliances, including heating systems. The company also distributes liquid petroleum gas (LPG) to residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, resale, and automobile fuel customers for heating, cooking, motor fuel, leisure, construction work, manufacturing, crop drying, power generation, aerosol propellant, and irrigation activities; and provides logistic, storage, and other services to third-party LPG distributors. In addition, it engages in the retail sale of natural gas, liquid fuels, and electricity to approximately 14,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers at approximately 37,000 locations. Further, the company distributes natural gas to approximately 635,000 customers in the portions of 44 eastern and central Pennsylvania counties through its distribution system of 12,300 miles of gas mains; and supplies electricity to approximately 62,000 customers in northeastern Pennsylvania through 2,200 miles of lines and 13 substations. Additionally, it operates electric generation facilities, which include coal-fired, landfill gas-fueled, solar-powered, and natural gas-fueled facilities; a natural gas liquefaction, storage, and vaporization facility; propane storage and propane-air mixing stations; and rail transshipment terminals. It also manages natural gas pipeline and storage contracts; develops, owns, and operates pipelines, gathering infrastructure, and gas storage facilities; and offers heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, mechanical, and electrical contracting services. UGI Corporation was founded in 1882 and is based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
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