SCANA (NYSE: SCG) and Exelon (NYSE:EXC) are both mid-cap utilities companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, profitability and analyst recommendations.
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for SCANA and Exelon, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
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SCANA presently has a consensus price target of $56.69, indicating a potential upside of 33.48%. Exelon has a consensus price target of $40.75, indicating a potential upside of 5.60%. Given SCANA’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe SCANA is more favorable than Exelon.
This table compares SCANA and Exelon’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Valuation and Earnings
This table compares SCANA and Exelon’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
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Exelon has higher revenue and earnings than SCANA. SCANA is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Exelon, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
SCANA pays an annual dividend of $2.45 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.8%. Exelon pays an annual dividend of $1.31 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. SCANA pays out 77.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Exelon pays out 58.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. SCANA has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years and Exelon has increased its dividend for 18 consecutive years.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
66.5% of SCANA shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.3% of Exelon shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of SCANA shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.7% of Exelon shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Volatility and Risk
SCANA has a beta of 0.2, indicating that its stock price is 80% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Exelon has a beta of 0.3, indicating that its stock price is 70% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Exelon beats SCANA on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.
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.
Exelon Company Profile
Exelon Corporation is a utility services holding company. The Company, through its subsidiary, Exelon Generation Company, LLC (Generation), is engaged in the energy generation business. The Company, through its subsidiaries, Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd), PECO Energy Company (PECO), Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), Pepco Holdings LLC (PHI), Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco), Delmarva Power & Light Company (DPL) and Atlantic City Electric Company (ACE), is engaged in the energy delivery businesses. It operates through 12 segments: Generation’s six segments: Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, New England, New York, ERCOT and Other Power Regions; ComEd; PECO; BGE, and PHI’s three utility segments: Pepco, DPL and ACE. Generation’s integrated business consists of the generation, physical delivery and marketing of power across geographical regions through its customer-facing business, Constellation, which sells electricity and natural gas to both wholesale and retail customers.
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