Comparing Evergy (NYSE:EVRG) and PG&E (NYSE:PCG)

Evergy (NYSE:EVRG) and PG&E (NYSE:PCG) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

86.4% of Evergy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.8% of PG&E shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of Evergy shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.1% of PG&E shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Evergy and PG&E’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Evergy 11.97% 6.96% 2.48%
PG&E -66.15% 18.81% 2.60%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Evergy and PG&E, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Evergy 1 2 2 0 2.20
PG&E 0 9 1 0 2.10

Evergy currently has a consensus target price of $67.20, indicating a potential downside of 0.41%. PG&E has a consensus target price of $14.48, indicating a potential upside of 11.38%. Given PG&E’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe PG&E is more favorable than Evergy.

Volatility & Risk

Evergy has a beta of 0.13, meaning that its share price is 87% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PG&E has a beta of 0.55, meaning that its share price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Evergy and PG&E’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Evergy $4.28 billion 3.60 $535.80 million $2.67 25.26
PG&E $16.76 billion 0.42 -$6.84 billion $4.00 3.30

Evergy has higher earnings, but lower revenue than PG&E. PG&E is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Evergy, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

About Evergy

Westar Energy, Inc. engages in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in Kansas. It provides electricity to residential, commercial, and industrial customers in the cities of Topeka, Lawrence, Manhattan, Salina, and Hutchinson. The company was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in Topeka, KS.

About PG&E

PG&E Corporation, through its subsidiary, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, engages in the sale and delivery of electricity and natural gas to residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural customers in northern and central California, the United States. The company's electricity distribution network consists of approximately 107,000 circuit miles of distribution lines, 50 transmission switching substations, and 769 distribution substations; and electricity transmission network comprises approximately 18,000 circuit miles of interconnected transmission lines and 84 electric transmission substations. Its natural gas system consists of approximately 43,100 miles of distribution pipelines, approximately 6,400 miles of backbone and local transmission pipelines, and various storage facilities. The company also owns and operates nuclear, hydroelectric, fossil fuel-fired, and solar electricity generation facilities. PG&E Corporation was incorporated in 1995 and is based in San Francisco, California. On January 29, 2019, PG&E Corporation Inc. filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California.

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