UGI (NYSE:UGI) and HL Acquisition (NASDAQ:HCCH) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.
This table compares UGI and HL Acquisition’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Volatility & Risk
UGI has a beta of 0.91, meaning that its share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, HL Acquisition has a beta of -0.03, meaning that its share price is 103% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for UGI and HL Acquisition, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
UGI presently has a consensus price target of $39.00, indicating a potential upside of 21.95%. Given UGI’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe UGI is more favorable than HL Acquisition.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
75.8% of UGI shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 31.5% of HL Acquisition shares are held by institutional investors. 0.7% of UGI shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 18.7% of HL Acquisition shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares UGI and HL Acquisition’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|UGI||$7.32 billion||0.91||$256.20 million||$2.28||14.03|
UGI has higher revenue and earnings than HL Acquisition.
UGI beats HL Acquisition on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.
UGI Company Profile
UGI Corporation distributes, stores, transports, and markets energy products and related services in the United States and internationally. The company operates through four segments: AmeriGas Propane, UGI International, Midstream & Marketing, and UGI Utilities. It distributes propane to approximately 1.7 million residential, commercial/industrial, motor fuel, agricultural, and wholesale customers through 1,900 propane distribution locations; and sells, installs, and services propane appliances, including heating systems and propane-powered generators. The company also distributes liquefied petroleum gases (LPG) to residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, wholesale and automobile fuel customers; and provides logistics, storage, and other services to third-party LPG distributors. In addition, it engages in the retail sale of natural gas, liquid fuels, and electricity to approximately 12,500 residential, commercial, and industrial customers at approximately 35,500 locations. Further, the company distributes natural gas to approximately 642,000 customers in the portions of 44 eastern and central Pennsylvania counties through its distribution system of 12,300 miles of gas mains; and supplies electricity to approximately 62,000 customers in northeastern Pennsylvania through 2,200 miles of lines and 13 substations. Additionally, it operates electric generation facilities, which include coal-fired, landfill gas-fueled, solar-powered, and natural gas-fueled facilities; a natural gas liquefaction, storage, and vaporization facility; propane storage and propane-air mixing stations; and rail transshipment terminals. It also manages natural gas pipeline and storage contracts; develops, owns, and operates pipelines, gathering infrastructure, and gas storage facilities; and offers heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, mechanical, and electrical contracting services. UGI Corporation was founded in 1882 and is based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
HL Acquisition Company Profile
HL Acquisition Corp. does not have significant operations. It intends to acquire, engage in a share exchange, share reconstruction and amalgamation with, purchase all or substantially all of the assets of, enter into contractual arrangements with, or engage in any other similar business combination with one or more businesses or entities. The company was founded in 2018 and is based in New York, New York.
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