Black Hills (NYSE:BKH) and Kenon (NYSE:KEN) are both utilities companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability and earnings.


This table compares Black Hills and Kenon’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Black Hills 13.90% 10.40% 2.94%
Kenon N/A 41.51% 13.85%

Risk & Volatility

Black Hills has a beta of 0.36, meaning that its share price is 64% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kenon has a beta of 1.53, meaning that its share price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Black Hills and Kenon, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Black Hills 1 4 2 0 2.14
Kenon 0 0 0 0 N/A

Black Hills presently has a consensus target price of $60.43, suggesting a potential upside of 1.44%. Given Black Hills’ higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Black Hills is more favorable than Kenon.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

99.7% of Black Hills shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.6% of Kenon shares are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of Black Hills 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.


Black Hills pays an annual dividend of $1.90 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Kenon does not pay a dividend. Black Hills pays out 56.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Black Hills has raised its dividend for 48 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Black Hills and Kenon’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Black Hills $1.68 billion 1.90 $177.03 million $3.36 17.73
Kenon $366.00 million 2.42 $236.59 million N/A N/A

Kenon has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Black Hills.


Black Hills beats Kenon on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Black Hills

Black Hills Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as a vertically-integrated utility company in the United States. The company's Electric Utilities segment generates, transmits, and distributes electricity to approximately 210,000 electric customers in South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, and Montana. This segment owns 941 megawatts of generation capacity and 8,839 miles of electric transmission and distribution lines. Its Gas Utilities segment distributes natural gas to approximately 1,042,000 natural gas utility customers in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Wyoming. This segment owns 4,656 miles of intrastate gas transmission pipelines and 40,455 miles of gas distribution mains and service lines; 7 natural gas storage sites; and approximately 45,000 horsepower of compression and 600 miles of gathering lines. The company's Power Generation segment produces electric power and sells the electric capacity and energy primarily to its utilities under long-term contracts. Its Mining segment produces coal at its coal mine located near Gillette, Wyoming and sells the coal to electric generation facilities. The company also provides appliance repair services to approximately 63,000 residential customers; and constructs and maintains gas infrastructure facilities and electrical systems for gas transportation and electric utilities customers. Black Hills Corporation was founded in 1941 and is headquartered in Rapid City, South Dakota.

About Kenon

Kenon Holdings Ltd., through its subsidiaries, owns, develops, and operates power generation facilities in Israel. It operates through OPC, Qoros, and Other segments. The company's power generation plants operate on natural gas and diesel. It also designs, manufactures, sells, and services passenger vehicles, parts, and accessories through a network of independent authorized retail dealers in China. As of December 31, 2017, the company's Qoros' dealerships included 113 point of sales facilities. In addition, Kenon Holdings Ltd., through its 32% equity interest in ZIM Integrated Shipping Services, Ltd., owned and chartered vessels with a total container capacity of 385,974 TEUs. Further, it develops and owns a proprietary natural gas-to-liquid technology process. The company was incorporated in 2014 and is based in Singapore.

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