NorthWestern Energy Group (NYSE:NWE – Get Free Report) and Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE:PEG – Get Free Report) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, risk, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.
Risk & Volatility
NorthWestern Energy Group has a beta of 0.46, meaning that its share price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Public Service Enterprise Group has a beta of 0.6, meaning that its share price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares NorthWestern Energy Group and Public Service Enterprise Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|NorthWestern Energy Group||$1.48 billion||2.12||$183.01 million||$3.01||16.99|
|Public Service Enterprise Group||$11.77 billion||2.69||$1.03 billion||$5.61||11.31|
Insider & Institutional Ownership
96.1% of NorthWestern Energy Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 72.3% of Public Service Enterprise Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of NorthWestern Energy Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.6% of Public Service Enterprise Group shares are owned by insiders. 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.
NorthWestern Energy Group pays an annual dividend of $2.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.0%. Public Service Enterprise Group pays an annual dividend of $2.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. NorthWestern Energy Group pays out 85.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Public Service Enterprise Group pays out 40.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. NorthWestern Energy Group has raised its dividend for 19 consecutive years and Public Service Enterprise Group has raised its dividend for 12 consecutive years. NorthWestern Energy Group is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for NorthWestern Energy Group and Public Service Enterprise Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|NorthWestern Energy Group||2||3||3||0||2.13|
|Public Service Enterprise Group||0||4||6||0||2.60|
NorthWestern Energy Group presently has a consensus price target of $52.50, indicating a potential upside of 2.64%. Public Service Enterprise Group has a consensus price target of $64.05, indicating a potential upside of 0.93%. Given NorthWestern Energy Group’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe NorthWestern Energy Group is more favorable than Public Service Enterprise Group.
This table compares NorthWestern Energy Group and Public Service Enterprise Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|NorthWestern Energy Group||11.91%||6.62%||2.43%|
|Public Service Enterprise Group||23.83%||12.20%||3.63%|
Public Service Enterprise Group beats NorthWestern Energy Group on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.
About NorthWestern Energy Group
NorthWestern Energy Group, Inc. provides electricity and natural gas to residential, commercial, and various industrial customers. It generates, purchases, transmits, and distributes electricity; and produces, purchases, stores, transmits, and distributes natural gas, as well as owns municipal franchises to provide natural gas service in the communities. The company operates 6,597 miles of electric transmission and 18,534 miles of electric distribution lines with approximately 121 transmission and distribution substations; and 2,235 miles of natural gas transmission and 5,099 miles of natural gas distribution lines with approximately 135 city gate stations in Montana. It also operates 1,308 miles of electric transmission and 2,342 miles of electric distribution lines in South Dakota with approximately 121 transmission and distribution substations; and 55 miles of natural gas transmission and 2,545 miles of natural gas distribution lines in South Dakota and Nebraska. The company provides electricity and/or natural gas to approximately 764,200 customers in Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Yellowstone National Park. NorthWestern Energy Group, Inc. was founded in 1923 and is based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
About Public Service Enterprise Group
Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, operates as an energy company primarily in Mid-Atlantic United States. The company operates through PSE&G and PSEG Power. The PSE&G segment transmits electricity; distributes electricity and gas to residential, commercial, and industrial customers, as well as invests in solar generation projects, and energy efficiency and related programs; and offers appliance services and repairs. As of December 31, 2022, it had electric transmission and distribution system of 25,000 circuit miles and 864,000 poles; 55 switching stations with an installed capacity of 39,653 megavolt-amperes (MVA), and 235 substations with an installed capacity of 9,735 MVA; four electric distribution headquarters and five electric sub-headquarters; and 18,000 miles of gas mains, 12 gas distribution headquarters, two sub-headquarters, and one meter shop, as well as 56 natural gas metering and regulating stations. Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated was incorporated in 1985 and is based in Newark, New Jersey.
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