Financial Contrast: Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt (EDN) versus Companhia Paranaense de Energia (ELP)

Companhia Paranaense de Energia (NYSE: ELP) and Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt (NYSE:EDN) are both mid-cap utilities companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Dividends

Companhia Paranaense de Energia pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.2%. Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt does not pay a dividend. Companhia Paranaense de Energia pays out 52.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

Companhia Paranaense de Energia has a beta of 1.5, indicating that its share price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt has a beta of 1.63, indicating that its share price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Companhia Paranaense de Energia and Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Companhia Paranaense de Energia 0 0 1 0 3.00
Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt 0 2 0 0 2.00

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Companhia Paranaense de Energia $3.78 billion 0.52 $274.84 million $0.99 7.28
Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt $888.56 million 2.77 -$80.47 million N/A N/A

Companhia Paranaense de Energia has higher revenue and earnings than Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

2.0% of Companhia Paranaense de Energia shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 6.4% of Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Companhia Paranaense de Energia and Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Companhia Paranaense de Energia 6.46% 5.70% 2.78%
Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt 6.46% 192.95% 6.88%

Summary

Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt beats Companhia Paranaense de Energia on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Companhia Paranaense de Energia Company Profile

Companhia Paranaense de Energia is engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity in the Brazilian State of Parana. The Company also provides telecommunications and other services. Its segments are Power generation and transmission (GET), Power distribution and sales (DIS), Telecommunications (TEL), GAS and Holding Company (HOL). The GET segment includes the generation of electric energy from hydraulic, wind and thermal projects; the transport and transformation of the power generated by the Company, and the construction, operation and maintenance of all power transmission substations and lines. The DIS segment includes the distribution and sale of electric energy, and the operation and maintenance of the distribution infrastructure. The TEL segment includes telecommunications and general communications services. The GAS segment includes the public service of piped natural gas distribution. The HOL segment includes participation in other companies.

Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt 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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