Which utility stock is a better buy?


Brookfield Infrastructure Corporation, based in New York (BIPC) owns and operates regulated natural gas transmission networks in Brazil. The company is also engaged in the regulated distribution of gas and electricity in the United Kingdom. In comparison, Archaea Energy Inc. (LFG), headquartered at Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, is a producer of renewable natural gas in the United States. The company develops, builds and operates RNG facilities to capture waste emissions and convert them into low-carbon fuel.

The utilities sector was negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic last year, as demand for utilities from industrial and commercial establishments declined due to trade restrictions, operational shutdowns and imposed lockdowns by the government. However, increased investment in renewable energy generation capacities and rapid digital transformation are expected to drive the growth of the utility market. Also, within the $ 1,000 billion bipartisan infrastructure bill, $ 550 billion is intended to stimulate the growth of the utility sector in the years to come. According to a Research and Markets report, the global utility market is expected to grow at a 7% CAGR by 2025. Therefore, we believe BIPC and LFG should benefit.

LFG shares have gained 80.3% over the past nine months, while BIPC has generated negative returns. Additionally, BIPC’s 15.4% gains over the past month compare to LFG’s negative returns. Additionally, BIPC is the clear winner with gains of 16.9% over LFG’s negative returns over the past three months.

But which of these two titles is the best buy now? Let’s find out.

Latest developments

On November 3, Sam Pollock, CEO of BIPC, said: “The successful acquisition of Inter Pipeline marked a significant milestone for Brookfield Infrastructure, and the third quarter results were supported by its initial contribution, as well as a strong organic growth within our core business. . Looking ahead, we are confident in our ability to capitalize on new large-scale investment opportunities in our target sectors and geographies. “

On November 15, 2021, LFG announced that its subsidiary Archaea Holdings, LLC had entered into a long-term GNR purchase and sale agreement with Northwest Natural Gas Company, a subsidiary of NW Natural Holdings (NWN). Nick Stork, Co-Founder and CEO of LFG, said: “This agreement, our first with a U.S. utility, demonstrates the strength of our business offerings and demonstrates our ability to help utilities deliver options to low carbon emissions to their customers and achieve their goals. sustainability goals.

Recent financial results

BIPC’s revenue increased 18.6% year-on-year to $ 414 million for its fiscal third quarter ended September 30, 2021. EBITDA rose 18.3% year-on-year to $ 149 million, while its net profit was $ 213 million, from a loss of $ 222 million in the previous year quarter.

LFG’s total revenue and other income increased 529.5% year-on-year to $ 11.99 million for its fiscal third quarter, ended September 30, 2021. However, its operating loss increased by 1 499.8% year-on-year to $ 9.42 million, while its net loss amounted to $ 21.34 million, representing an increase of 3,445% year-over-year .

POWR odds

BIPC has an overall rating of B, which is equivalent to a purchase in our property POWR odds system. In comparison, LFG has an overall F rating, which translates into a strong sale. POWR scores are calculated by considering 118 separate factors, each factor being weighted to an optimal degree.

BIPC has a B rating for growth. In contrast, LFG has a C rating for growth. Additionally, BIPC has a quality B rating, while LFG has an F quality rating.

Out of 58 actions in the Utilities – Domestic industry, the BIPC is ranked first. In comparison, LFG is ranked last.

Beyond what I stated above, we also rated stocks for value, momentum, stability, and sentiment. Click here to see all BIPC ratings. Also get all LFG odds here.

The winner

The utility industry is expected to grow steadily with increasing government investment and technological advancements. While BIPC and LFG both stand to benefit, we believe it is best to bet on BIPC now due to its superior financial position.

Our research shows that the chances of success increase when investing in stocks with an overall strong buy or buy rating. See all other top rated stocks in utilities – domestic industry here.

BIPC shares were trading at $ 67.38 per share on Wednesday morning, down $ 0.43 (-0.63%). Year-to-date, BIPC is down -3.09%, compared to a 29.31% increase in the benchmark S&P 500 over the same period.

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