Genie Energy (NYSE:GNE) and Via Renewables (NASDAQ:VIA) Financial Contrast

Genie Energy (NYSE:GNEGet Rating) and Via Renewables (NASDAQ:VIAGet Rating) are both small-cap utilities companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Genie Energy and Via Renewables’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Genie Energy $363.73 million 0.47 $29.21 million $1.12 5.82
Via Renewables $393.48 million 0.72 $5.20 million ($0.22) -35.91

Genie Energy has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Via Renewables. Via Renewables is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Genie Energy, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

23.1% of Genie Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 17.8% of Via Renewables shares are owned by institutional investors. 16.6% of Genie Energy shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.4% of Via Renewables shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Genie Energy has a beta of 0.41, suggesting that its stock price is 59% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Via Renewables has a beta of 1, suggesting that its stock price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Genie Energy and Via Renewables’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Genie Energy 7.03% 5.62% 2.00%
Via Renewables 1.32% 7.95% 1.40%

Dividends

Genie Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.6%. Via Renewables pays an annual dividend of $0.73 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.2%. Genie Energy pays out 26.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Via Renewables pays out -331.8% 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. Via Renewables is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Genie Energy and Via Renewables, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Genie Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A
Via Renewables 0 0 0 0 N/A

Summary

Genie Energy beats Via Renewables on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Genie Energy Company Profile (Get Rating)

Genie Energy Ltd., through its subsidiaries, supplies electricity and natural gas to residential and small business customers in the United States, Finland, Sweden, Japan, and internationally. It operates in three segments: Genie Retail Energy (GRE); GRE International; and Genie Renewables. The company also engages in the provision of energy advisory and brokerage services; solar panel manufacturing and distribution; solar installation design; and project management activities. Genie Energy Ltd. was incorporated in 2011 and is headquartered in Newark, New Jersey.

Via Renewables Company Profile (Get Rating)

Via Renewables, Inc. is an independent retail energy services company. It operates through the following segments: Retail Natural Gas and Retail Electricity. The Retail Natural Gas segment purchases natural gas through physical and financial transactions with market counterparts. The Retail Electricity segment obtains electricity through independent system operators and supply to residential and commercial consumers. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Houston, TX.

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