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Mario Gabelli Comments on Southwest Gas Holdings Inc.

- By Holly LaFon

Southwest Gas Holdings Inc. (NYSE:SWX) (3.6%) (SWX - $76.50 - NYSE) is a natural gas distribution utility serving 1.9 million customers in geographically diverse portions of Arizona (~1.0 million, or 53%), Nevada (~700,000, or 37%), and California (~185,000, or 10%). SWX serves one of the faster growing service areas with above average long term customer growth potential. SWX also owns Centuri Construction Group, a full service underground piping contractor that provides trenching and installation, replacement, and maintenance services for energy distribution systems. The pipeline construction business is growing strongly, given the industry's focus on safety related pipeline replacement programs. We consider SWX to be a high quality gas utility with a focused, low risk strategy and solid earnings outlook, driven by recent and future rate increases, expanded infrastructure tracking mechanisms, customer growth, and cost controls.

From Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio)'s Gabelli Utilities Fund fourth-quarter 2018 commentary .
This article first appeared on GuruFocus.