Just Energy Group (NYSE: JE) and Regency Energy Partners (NASDAQ:RGNC) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, earnings and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Just Energy Group and Regency Energy Partners, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Just Energy Group 0 2 3 0 2.60
Regency Energy Partners 0 0 0 0 N/A

Just Energy Group presently has a consensus target price of $8.80, indicating a potential upside of 51.46%. Given Just Energy Group’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Just Energy Group is more favorable than Regency Energy Partners.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Just Energy Group and Regency Energy Partners’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Just Energy Group $2.92 billion 0.29 $164.84 million $0.05 116.20
Regency Energy Partners N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Just Energy Group has higher revenue and earnings than Regency Energy Partners.


Just Energy Group pays an annual dividend of $0.37 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.4%. Regency Energy Partners does not pay a dividend. 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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

29.2% of Just Energy Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Just Energy Group and Regency Energy Partners’ 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%
Regency Energy Partners -0.30% -0.47% -0.07%


Just Energy Group beats Regency Energy Partners on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Just Energy Group

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.

About Regency Energy Partners

Regency Energy Partners LP gathers and processes, compress, treats and transports natural gas; transports, fractionates and stores natural gas liquids (NGLs); gathers, transports and terminals oil received from producers; gathers and disposes salt water, and manages coal and natural resource properties in the United States. The Company has six business segments: Gathering and Processing, Natural Gas Transportation, NGL Services, Contract Services, Natural Resources and Corporate. The Gathering and Processing segment provides wellhead-to-market services to producers of natural gas. The Natural Gas Transportation segment owns a 49.99% general partner interest in RIGS Haynesville Partnership Co. The NGL Services segment owns a 30% membership interest in Lone Star NGL LLC. The Contract Services segment owns and operates a fleet of compressors. The Natural Resources segment manages coal and natural resources properties. The Corporate segment includes its corporate assets.

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