Westar Energy (NYSE:WR) and Genie Energy (NYSE:GNE) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends and risk.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
75.1% of Westar Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 16.5% of Genie Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of Westar Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 34.4% of Genie Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Westar Energy and Genie Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Westar Energy presently has a consensus target price of $56.00, suggesting a potential upside of 3.70%. Given Westar Energy’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Westar Energy is more favorable than Genie Energy.
Westar Energy pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Genie Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.4%. Westar Energy has raised its dividend for 12 consecutive years and Genie Energy has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Westar Energy and Genie Energy’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Genie Energy||$264.20 million||0.68||-$6.99 million||N/A||N/A|
Westar Energy has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Genie Energy.
This table compares Westar Energy and Genie Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Genie Energy beats Westar Energy on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Westar Energy
Westar Energy, Inc., an electric utility company, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Kansas. It has 6,602 megawatts of electric generation capacity, which generates electricity through coal, nuclear fuels, natural gas/diesel, and renewable sources. The company also owns approximately 6,400 miles of transmission lines, 24,200 miles of overhead distribution lines, and 5,100 miles of underground distribution lines. It retails electricity to residential, commercial, and industrial customers, as well as for lighting public streets and highways; and engages in the electricity wholesale to electric cooperatives, municipalities, other electric utilities, and regional transmission organizations. The company provides its services in central and northeastern Kansas, including the cities of Topeka, Lawrence, Manhattan, Salina, and Hutchinson, as well as in south-central and southeastern Kansas, such as the city of Wichita. It serves approximately 708,000 customers. Westar Energy, Inc. was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in Topeka, Kansas.
About Genie Energy
Genie Energy Ltd., through its subsidiaries, operates as a retail energy provider; and an oil and gas exploration company. The company operates through three segments: Genie Retail Energy; Afek Oil and Gas, Ltd.; and Genie Oil and Gas. It resells electricity and natural gas to residential and small business customers primarily in the Eastern and Midwestern United States; and offers energy brokerage and advisory services. The company also holds an 86.1% interest in the southern portion of the Golan Heights in Northern Israel. Genie Energy Ltd. was incorporated in 2001 and is headquartered in Newark, New Jersey.
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