Reviewing United Utilities Group (UUGRY) & Its Peers

United Utilities Group (OTCMKTS: UUGRY) is one of 23 publicly-traded companies in the “Electric & other services combined” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare United Utilities Group to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

United Utilities Group has a beta of 0.51, meaning that its share price is 49% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, United Utilities Group’s competitors have a beta of 0.28, meaning that their average share price is 72% less volatile than the S&P 500.



Earnings & Valuation

This table compares United Utilities Group and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
United Utilities Group $2.30 billion $470.44 million 16.43
United Utilities Group Competitors $8.41 billion $397.75 million 16.75

United Utilities Group’s competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than United Utilities Group. United Utilities Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares United Utilities Group and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
United Utilities Group N/A N/A N/A
United Utilities Group Competitors 5.41% 10.48% 2.96%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.3% of United Utilities Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.4% of shares of all “Electric & other services combined” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.9% of shares of all “Electric & other services combined” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

United Utilities Group pays an annual dividend of $1.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.9%. United Utilities Group pays out 97.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Electric & other services combined” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.2% and pay out 63.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for United Utilities Group and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
United Utilities Group 0 2 1 0 2.33
United Utilities Group Competitors 346 1604 1156 10 2.27

As a group, “Electric & other services combined” companies have a potential downside of 0.63%. Given United Utilities Group’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe United Utilities Group has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

United Utilities Group competitors beat United Utilities Group on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

About United Utilities Group

United Utilities Group PLC provides water and wastewater services in the United Kingdom. It is also involved in renewable energy generation, corporate trustee, financing, and property management activities; and the provision of consulting and project management services. The company operates 42,000 kilometers (km) of water pipes; 77,000 km of wastewater pipes; 568 wastewater treatment works; and 88 water treatment works. It serves 3 million households and 200,000 business customers. United Utilities Group PLC was incorporated in 2008 and is based in Warrington, the United Kingdom.

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