Why South Jersey Industries Is Poised to Outperform

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, natural gas utility South Jersey Industries (NYSE: SJI  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at South Jersey and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

South Jersey facts

Headquarters (founded)

Folsom, N.J. (1910)

Market Cap

$1.7 billion

Industry

Gas utilities

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$707.3 million

Management

Chairman/CEO Edward Graham

CFO David Kindlick

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

13.9%

Cash/Debt

$4.2 million / $943.2 million

Dividend Yield

3.2%

Competitors

Consolidated Edison

New Jersey Resources

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 88% of the 67 members who have rated South Jersey believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, All-Star TeenStockPicker, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:

South Jersey Industries acquires, markets, and distributes natural gas and electricity. Analysts see earnings growing a hearty 9% annually over the next three years, and South Jersey's dividend looks solid as ever. Their recent proposition to implement an Accelerated Infrastructure Replacement Program has recently been approved, and with natural gas costs continuing to plummet this cost will be easily offset. South Jersey has other energy-related projects such as thermal facilities and solar projects, but natural gas is their main endeavor.

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