Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt (NYSE:EDN) and PPL (NYSE:PPL) are both utilities companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

7.6% of Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 72.9% of PPL shares are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of PPL shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt and PPL’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt $1.99 billion 0.44 $152.56 million $3.43 5.69
PPL $7.79 billion 2.79 $1.83 billion $2.40 12.53

PPL has higher revenue and earnings than Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt. Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than PPL, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt and PPL, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt 2 0 0 0 1.00
PPL 1 9 2 0 2.08

PPL has a consensus price target of $34.11, indicating a potential upside of 13.48%. Given PPL’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe PPL is more favorable than Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt.

Profitability

This table compares Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt and PPL’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt 4.39% 15.51% 4.27%
PPL 23.79% 14.52% 3.91%

Risk and Volatility

Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt has a beta of 0.47, meaning that its stock price is 53% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PPL has a beta of 0.54, meaning that its stock price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

PPL pays an annual dividend of $1.65 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.5%. Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt does not pay a dividend. PPL pays out 68.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. PPL has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Summary

PPL beats Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt on 13 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt

Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora Norte Sociedad Anónima, a public service company, engages in the distribution and sale of electricity in Argentina. It serves approximately 8.5 million people in the northwestern part of the greater Buenos Aires metropolitan area and the northern part of the City of Buenos Aires through the concession of 4,637 square kilometers. The company was formerly known as Empresa Distribuidora Norte Sociedad Anónima and changed its name to Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora Norte Sociedad Anónima in June 1996. The company was founded in 1992 and is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora Norte Sociedad Anónima is a subsidiary of Electricidad Argentina S.A.

About PPL

PPL Corporation, a utility holding company, delivers electricity and natural gas in the United States and the United Kingdom. The company operates through three segments: U.K. Regulated, Kentucky Regulated, and Pennsylvania Regulated. It serves approximately 414,000 electric and 328,000 natural gas customers in Louisville and adjacent areas in Kentucky; 527,000 electric customers in central, southeastern, and western Kentucky; and 28,000 electric customers in 5 counties in southwestern Virginia. The company also provides electric delivery services to approximately 1.4 million customers in Pennsylvania; operates electricity distribution networks in the United Kingdom; generates electricity from coal, gas, hydro, and solar sources in Kentucky; and sells wholesale electricity to 10 municipalities in Kentucky. PPL Corporation was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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