Comparing Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) (EDN) and Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (NYSE:EOCC)

Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (NYSE: EOCC) and Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) (NYSE:EDN) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Empresa Nacional de Electricidad and Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor), as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Empresa Nacional de Electricidad 2 0 0 0 1.00
Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) 0 1 0 0 2.00

Empresa Nacional de Electricidad presently has a consensus price target of $24.20, suggesting a potential downside of 6.56%. Given Empresa Nacional de Electricidad’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Empresa Nacional de Electricidad is more favorable than Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor).

Institutional & Insider Ownership

2.7% of Empresa Nacional de Electricidad shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 7.7% of Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Empresa Nacional de Electricidad pays an annual dividend of $1.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.4%. Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) does not pay a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

Empresa Nacional de Electricidad has a beta of 0.8, indicating that its share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) has a beta of 1.87, indicating that its share price is 87% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Empresa Nacional de Electricidad and Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor)’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Empresa Nacional de Electricidad N/A N/A N/A
Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) 2.21% 103.81% 2.09%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Empresa Nacional de Electricidad and Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor)’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Empresa Nacional de Electricidad $2.46 billion 2.88 $614.32 million N/A N/A
Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) $888.56 million 2.12 -$80.47 million N/A N/A

Empresa Nacional de Electricidad has higher revenue and earnings than Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor).

Summary

Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) beats Empresa Nacional de Electricidad on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Empresa Nacional de Electricidad Company Profile

Enel Generacion Chile SA, formerly Empresa Nacional De Electricidad SA, is a Chile-based company engaged in the business of electricity generation. The Company operates in Chile. The Company owns and operates a total of approximately 111-generation units in Chile both directly and through its subsidiaries, Pehuenche, Celta and GasAtacama. Of these generation units, approximately 38 are hydroelectric, with a total installed capacity of over 3,470 megawatts. There are approximately 22 thermal generation units that operate with gas, coal or oil with a total installed capacity of over 2,808 megawatts. There are over 51 wind powered generation units with an aggregate installed capacity of approximately 78 megawatts. The Company’s subsidiaries include Compania Electrica San Isidro S.A. (San Isidro), Compania Electrica Tarapaca S.A. (Celta), Empresa Electrica Pehuenche S.A. (Pehuenche) and GasAtacama S.A (GasAtacama). It is controlled by Enel Chile SA.

Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) Company Profile

Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora Norte S.A. is a public service company. The Company is engaged in electricity distribution in Argentina. It holds a concession to distribute electricity to the northwestern part of the greater Buenos Aires metropolitan area and in the northern part of the City of Buenos Aires. The Company’s concession area of approximately 4,637 square kilometers is divided into three operating territories: Region I, which consists of over 251 square kilometers; Region II, which consists of approximately 1,761 square kilometers, and Region III, which consists of over 2,625 square kilometers. Region I includes Ciudad de Buenos Aires, San Isidro, Vicente Lopez, San Martin and Tres de Febrero districts. Region II includes La Matanza, Moron, Hurlingham, Ituzaingo, Merlo, Marcos Paz and Gral. Las Heras districts. Region III includes Pilar, Escobar, Tigre, San Fernando, San Miguel, Malvinas Argentinas, Jose C. Paz, Moreno and Gral. Rodriguez districts.

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