Comparing Algonquin Power & Utilities (NYSE:AQN) and Commerce Energy Group (OTCMKTS:CMNR)

Algonquin Power & Utilities (NYSE:AQN) and Commerce Energy Group (OTCMKTS:CMNR) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, earnings, risk and valuation.

Risk & Volatility

Algonquin Power & Utilities has a beta of 0.39, meaning that its share price is 61% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Commerce Energy Group has a beta of -10.96, meaning that its share price is 1,196% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Algonquin Power & Utilities and Commerce Energy Group’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Algonquin Power & Utilities $1.62 billion 6.05 $530.88 million $0.63 26.13
Commerce Energy Group N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Algonquin Power & Utilities has higher revenue and earnings than Commerce Energy Group.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Algonquin Power & Utilities and Commerce Energy Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Algonquin Power & Utilities 1 4 4 0 2.33
Commerce Energy Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

Algonquin Power & Utilities presently has a consensus price target of $16.53, suggesting a potential upside of 0.41%. Given Algonquin Power & Utilities’ higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Algonquin Power & Utilities is more favorable than Commerce Energy Group.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

45.9% of Algonquin Power & Utilities shares are held by institutional investors. 0.9% of Commerce Energy Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Algonquin Power & Utilities and Commerce Energy Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Algonquin Power & Utilities 27.73% 7.87% 3.10%
Commerce Energy Group N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Algonquin Power & Utilities beats Commerce Energy Group on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Algonquin Power & Utilities

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp., through its subsidiaries, owns and operates a portfolio of regulated and non-regulated generation, distribution, and transmission utility assets in Canada and the United States. It generates and sells electrical energy through non-regulated renewable and clean energy power generation facilities. The company also owns and operates hydroelectric, wind, solar, and thermal facilities with generating capacity of approximately gigawatt; and regulated electric, natural gas, water distribution, and wastewater collection utility systems. It serves approximately 267,000 electric connections; 369,000 natural gas connections; and 168,000 regulated water distribution and wastewater collection utility systems in the states of California, New Hampshire, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, New York, Arizona, Texas, and the Province of New Brunswick. The company was incorporated in 1988 and is headquartered in Oakville, Canada.

About Commerce Energy Group

Commerce Energy Group Inc. through its subsidiaries provides electric power and natural gas to residential, commercial, industrial and institutional customers in California, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Maryland, New Jersey, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, and Ohio. The company was founded in 1997 and is based in Costa Mesa, California.

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