Cheniere Energy (NYSE: LNG) is one of 15 public companies in the “LNG Transportation & Storage” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Cheniere Energy to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Cheniere Energy and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cheniere Energy 0 1 7 0 2.88
Cheniere Energy Competitors 58 254 513 10 2.57

Cheniere Energy currently has a consensus price target of $52.19, indicating a potential upside of 6.60%. As a group, “LNG Transportation & Storage” companies have a potential upside of 18.79%. Given Cheniere Energy’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Cheniere Energy has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

70.7% of shares of all “LNG Transportation & Storage” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.6% of shares of all “LNG Transportation & Storage” companies are held 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.

Risk & Volatility

Cheniere Energy has a beta of 1.81, suggesting that its stock price is 81% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cheniere Energy’s peers have a beta of 1.28, suggesting that their average stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cheniere Energy 1.69% N/A 0.32%
Cheniere Energy Competitors 23.73% 2,817.09% 508.28%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cheniere Energy and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Cheniere Energy N/A N/A -51.54
Cheniere Energy Competitors $302.22 million $55.11 million 53.63

Cheniere Energy’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Cheniere Energy. Cheniere Energy 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.

Summary

Cheniere Energy peers beat Cheniere Energy on 8 of the 11 factors compared.

About Cheniere Energy

Cheniere Energy, Inc. (Cheniere) is an energy company primarily engaged in liquefied natural gas (LNG)-related businesses. The Company operates through two segments: LNG terminal business, and LNG and natural gas marketing business. Its LNG terminal segment consists of the Sabine Pass and Corpus Christi LNG terminals. Its LNG and natural gas marketing segment consists of LNG and natural gas marketing activities by Cheniere Marketing. Cheniere Marketing is developing a portfolio of long- and medium-term SPAs with professional staff based in the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Chile. The Company conducts its business through its subsidiaries, including the development, construction and operation of its LNG terminal business and the development and operation of its LNG and natural gas marketing business. The Company owns and operates the Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Louisiana through its ownership interest in and management agreements with Cheniere Partners.

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