RGC Resources (RGCO) and Its Peers Financial Survey

RGC Resources (NASDAQ: RGCO) is one of 14 publicly-traded companies in the “Natural Gas Distribution” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare RGC Resources to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, risk and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for RGC Resources and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
RGC Resources 0 0 1 0 3.00
RGC Resources Competitors 66 226 244 6 2.35

RGC Resources presently has a consensus target price of $27.00, suggesting a potential upside of 15.04%. As a group, “Natural Gas Distribution” companies have a potential upside of 16.55%. Given RGC Resources’ competitors higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe RGC Resources has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares RGC Resources and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
RGC Resources 9.73% 9.64% 3.16%
RGC Resources Competitors 4.79% -12.04% 3.92%

Volatility and Risk

RGC Resources has a beta of -0.02, indicating that its share price is 102% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, RGC Resources’ competitors have a beta of 0.38, indicating that their average share price is 63% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares RGC Resources and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
RGC Resources $62.30 million $6.23 million 28.28
RGC Resources Competitors $2.09 billion $171.32 million 19.08

RGC Resources’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than RGC Resources. RGC Resources is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

RGC Resources pays an annual dividend of $0.62 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. RGC Resources pays out 74.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Natural Gas Distribution” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.8% and pay out 59.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. RGC Resources lags its competitors as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

65.6% of shares of all “Natural Gas Distribution” companies are held by institutional investors. 8.9% of RGC Resources shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of shares of all “Natural Gas Distribution” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

RGC Resources competitors beat RGC Resources on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

RGC Resources Company Profile

RGC Resources, Inc. (Resources) is an energy services company. The Company is engaged in the regulated sale and distribution of natural gas to residential, commercial and industrial customers in Roanoke, Virginia, and the surrounding localities, through its Roanoke Gas Company (Roanoke Gas) subsidiary. Roanoke Gas also provides certain non-regulated services. It maintains an integrated natural gas distribution system to deliver natural gas purchased from suppliers to residential, commercial and industrial users in its service territory. As of September 30, 2016, Resources had approximately 1,132 miles of transmission and distribution pipeline. As of September 30, 2016, Roanoke Gas owned and operated eight metering stations. It also owns a liquefied natural gas storage facility located in Botetourt County that has the capacity to store up to 220,000 dekatherm (DTH) of natural gas. The Company’s subsidiaries also include Diversified Energy Company and RGC Midstream, LLC.

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