Just Energy Group (NYSE: JE) and Engie (OTCMKTS:ENGIY) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends and earnings.
This table compares Just Energy Group and Engie’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Risk & Volatility
Just Energy Group has a beta of 0.8, suggesting that its stock price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Engie has a beta of 0.96, suggesting that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of current recommendations for Just Energy Group and Engie, as reported by MarketBeat.
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Just Energy Group currently has a consensus target price of $6.84, suggesting a potential upside of 83.87%. Given Just Energy Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Just Energy Group is more favorable than Engie.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Just Energy Group and Engie’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
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Engie has higher revenue and earnings than Just Energy Group.
Just Energy Group pays an annual dividend of $0.39 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.5%. Engie pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.3%. Just Energy Group pays out 33.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Just Energy Group has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years. Just Energy Group is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
27.2% of Just Energy Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.2% of Engie shares are owned by institutional investors. 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.
Just Energy Group beats Engie on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Just Energy Group
Just Energy Group Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides electricity, natural gas, and renewable energy solutions in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, and Japan. It operates through Consumer Energy and Commercial Energy segments. The company offers various home and business energy solutions, including long-term fixed-price, variable-price, and flat-bill solutions to residential and commercial customers. It also provides solar energy solutions; carbon emissions solutions, such as carbon offsets and renewable energy credits; and smart thermostats. As of May 17, 2017, the company served two million residential and commercial customers. It markets its products through various sales channels comprising door-to-door marketing, brokers, online marketing, and others. The company was founded in 1997 and is based in Mississauga, Canada.
ENGIE SA engages in power, natural gas, and energy services businesses. The company operates through North America, Latin America, Africa/Asia, Benelux, France, Europe excluding France & Benelux, Infrastructures Europe, GEM & LNG, and Other segments. It engages in the generation and sale of power through nuclear, thermal, and biomass resources; and seawater desalination activities, as well as offers engineering services in the areas of energy, hydraulics, and infrastructure. The company also provides energy sales and services for buildings and industry, cities and regions, and major infrastructures, as well as to individual and professional customers; and operates natural gas transportation, storage, and distribution networks and facilities, and LNG terminals primarily in France and Germany, as well as sells access rights to these infrastructures to third parties. In addition, it is involved in the development, construction, financing, operation, and maintenance of various renewable power generation assets, including hydraulic, wind, and photovoltaic; design, financing, building, and operation of decentralized energy production and distribution facilities; and design of cryogenic membrane confinement systems for sea transportation and storage of LNG on land and at sea. The company was formerly known as GDF SUEZ S.A. and changed its name to ENGIE SA in April 2015. ENGIE SA was founded in 1880 and is headquartered in Courbevoie, France.
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