Head-To-Head Comparison: Just Energy Group (JE) versus ONE Gas (NYSE:OGS)

Just Energy Group (NYSE: JE) and ONE Gas (NYSE:OGS) are both utilities companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Just Energy Group and ONE Gas’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Just Energy Group 2.18% -117.41% 18.57%
ONE Gas 10.12% 7.98% 3.14%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Just Energy Group and ONE Gas, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Just Energy Group 0 2 3 0 2.60
ONE Gas 2 2 0 0 1.50

Just Energy Group presently has a consensus target price of $8.80, suggesting a potential upside of 52.51%. ONE Gas has a consensus target price of $64.00, suggesting a potential downside of 15.02%. Given Just Energy Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Just Energy Group is more favorable than ONE Gas.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

29.2% of Just Energy Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.2% of ONE Gas shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of ONE Gas shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Just Energy Group and ONE Gas’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Just Energy Group $2.96 billion 0.29 $167.04 million $0.05 115.40
ONE Gas $1.50 billion 2.62 $427.06 million $2.87 26.24

ONE Gas has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Just Energy Group. ONE Gas is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Just Energy Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Just Energy Group pays an annual dividend of $0.37 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.4%. ONE Gas pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Just Energy Group pays out 740.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. ONE Gas pays out 58.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

Just Energy Group has a beta of 1.04, meaning that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ONE Gas has a beta of 0.11, meaning that its stock price is 89% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

ONE Gas beats Just Energy Group on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Just Energy Group Company Profile

Just Energy Group Inc. (Just Energy) is an energy management solutions provider engaged in electricity, natural gas, solar and green energy. The Company’s segments include Consumer Energy and Commercial Energy. The Company operates in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, offering a range of energy products, including long-term fixed-price, variable rate and flat bill programs; home energy management services, including smart thermostats and tools to manage energy use at the appliance level, and residential solar panel installations. It markets under the brands, such as Just Energy, Hudson Energy, Amigo Energy, GreenStar Energy, Just Solar, Tara Energy and TerraPass. Just Energy’s commercial business is operated primarily through Hudson Energy. Hudson Energy offers fixed and variable rate natural gas and electricity contracts, as well as customized products. Just Energy also offers green products through its JustGreen Electricity and Natural Gas and TerraPass programs.

ONE Gas Company Profile

ONE Gas, Inc. is a regulated natural gas distribution utility in the United States. The Company provides natural gas distribution services. The Company distributes natural gas in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. The Company serves residential, commercial and industrial, transportation and wholesale and public authority customers. The Company’s natural gas distribution markets in terms of customers are Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma; Kansas City, Wichita and Topeka, Kansas, and Austin and El Paso, Texas. As of December 31, 2016, its three divisions, Oklahoma Natural Gas, Kansas Gas Service and Texas Gas Service, distribute natural gas to approximately 88%, 72% and 13% of the natural gas distribution customers in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas, respectively. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had 50.4 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas storage capacity under lease with remaining terms ranging from 1 to 10 years and maximum allowable daily withdrawal capacity of approximately 1.3 Bcf.

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