Head-To-Head Review: UIL (UIL) and Its Peers

UIL (NYSE: UIL) is one of 79 publicly-traded companies in the “Electric Utilities” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare UIL to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and earnings.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares UIL and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
UIL N/A N/A 23.63
UIL Competitors $8.06 billion $880.90 million 60.91

UIL’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than UIL. UIL is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares UIL and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
UIL 4.73% 4.50% 1.21%
UIL Competitors -15.34% 8.88% 2.47%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for UIL and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
UIL 0 0 0 0 N/A
UIL Competitors 578 3006 2393 43 2.32

As a group, “Electric Utilities” companies have a potential upside of 13.72%. Given UIL’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe UIL has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

66.4% of shares of all “Electric Utilities” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of shares of all “Electric Utilities” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

UIL peers beat UIL on 7 of the 8 factors compared.

UIL Company Profile

UIL Holdings Corporation (UIL Holdings) is engaged in the ownership of its operating regulated utility businesses. The utility businesses consist of the electric distribution and transmission operations of The United Illuminating Company (UI) and the natural gas transportation, distribution and sales operations of The Southern Connecticut Gas Company (SCG), Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation (CNG) and The Berkshire Gas Company. The Company operates in two segments: Electric Distribution and Transmission, which is engaged in purchase, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity for residential, commercial and industrial purposes, and Gas Distribution, which is engaged in natural gas transportation, distribution and sales operations.

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