Enel Americas (NYSE: ENIA) and SCANA (NYSE:SCG) are both mid-cap utilities companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.
Volatility & Risk
Enel Americas has a beta of 0.72, meaning that its stock price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SCANA has a beta of 0.2, meaning that its stock price is 80% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Enel Americas and SCANA’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
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SCANA has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Enel Americas. SCANA is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Enel Americas, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Enel Americas pays an annual dividend of $0.21 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. SCANA pays an annual dividend of $2.45 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.8%. Enel Americas pays out 58.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. SCANA pays out 77.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Enel Americas has increased its dividend for 18 consecutive years.
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Enel Americas and SCANA, as reported by MarketBeat.
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SCANA has a consensus price target of $56.69, suggesting a potential upside of 33.98%. Given SCANA’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe SCANA is more favorable than Enel Americas.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
8.4% of Enel Americas shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.5% of SCANA shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.0% of Enel Americas shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.4% of SCANA shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Enel Americas and SCANA’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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SCANA beats Enel Americas on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
Enel Americas Company Profile
Enel Americas S.A., formerly Enersis Americas S.A., through its subsidiaries and jointly controlled entities, is engaged in the electricity generation, transmission and distribution businesses in Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Argentina. The Company operates through two segments: Generation and Transmission, and Distribution. The Company’s Generation and Transmission segment operates through companies, including Central Comercializadora de Energia S.A. (Cemsa); Central Dock Sud S.A. (Dock Sud); Central Costanera S.A. (Costanera), and Hidroelectrica El Chocon S.A. (El Chocon). The Company’s Distribution segment operates through companies, including Empresa Distribuidora Sur S.A. (Edesur); Ampla Energia e Servicos S.A. (Ampla), and Companhia Energetica do Ceara S.A. (Coelce). The Company is engaged in non-electricity business through its subsidiary, Servicios Informaticos e Inmobiliarios Ltda. (SIEI). It holds interest in Yacylec S.A., which is an electricity transmission company.
SCANA Company Profile
SCANA Corporation is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity in South Carolina. The Company operates through segments, including Electric Operations, Gas Distribution, Gas Marketing and All Other. The Company is engaged in the purchase, transmission and sale of natural gas in North Carolina and South Carolina. The Electric Operations segment generates, transmits and distributes electricity. The Company’s regulated businesses include subsidiaries, such as South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G), South Carolina Fuel Company, Inc. (Fuel Company), South Carolina Generating Company, Inc. (GENCO) and Public Service Company of North Carolina, Incorporated (PSNC Energy). The Company’s nonregulated businesses include subsidiaries, such as SCANA Energy Marketing, Inc. (SCANA Energy), ServiceCare, Inc., SCANA Services, Inc. and SCANA Corporate Security Services, Inc.
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