Head to Head Contrast: Great Plains Energy (GXP) versus Kenon (KEN)

Great Plains Energy (NYSE:GXP) and Kenon (NYSE:KEN) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, earnings and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Great Plains Energy and Kenon’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Great Plains Energy -2.26% 5.52% 2.02%
Kenon N/A 41.51% 13.85%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.0% of Great Plains Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.6% of Kenon shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of Great Plains Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Great Plains Energy has a beta of 0.22, suggesting that its share price is 78% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kenon has a beta of 1.53, suggesting that its share price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Great Plains Energy and Kenon, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Great Plains Energy 0 1 4 0 2.80
Kenon 0 0 0 0 N/A

Great Plains Energy currently has a consensus target price of $31.40, indicating a potential upside of ∞. Given Great Plains Energy’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Great Plains Energy is more favorable than Kenon.

Dividends

Great Plains Energy pays an annual dividend of $1.10 per share. Kenon does not pay a dividend. Great Plains Energy pays out 63.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Great Plains Energy has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Great Plains Energy and Kenon’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Great Plains Energy $2.71 billion 0.00 -$106.20 million $1.74 N/A
Kenon $366.00 million 2.39 $236.59 million N/A N/A

Kenon has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Great Plains Energy.

Summary

Kenon beats Great Plains Energy on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Great Plains Energy

Great Plains Energy Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, generates, transmits, distributes, and sells electricity. It also provides regulated steam services in St. Joseph, Missouri. The company generates electricity using coal, nuclear, natural gas, oil, wind, solar, landfill gas, and hydroelectric resources. It has approximately 6,500 megawatts of generating capacity. The company sells electricity to approximately 867,100 customers in western Missouri and eastern Kansas, including approximately 764,200 residences and 100,400 commercial firms, as well as 2,500 industrials, municipalities, and other electric utilities. Great Plains Energy Incorporated was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.

About Kenon

Kenon Holdings Ltd., through its subsidiaries, owns, develops, and operates power generation facilities in Israel. It operates through OPC, Qoros, and Other segments. The company's power generation plants operate on natural gas and diesel. It also designs, manufactures, sells, and services passenger vehicles, parts, and accessories through a network of independent authorized retail dealers in China. As of December 31, 2017, the company's Qoros' dealerships included 113 point of sales facilities. In addition, Kenon Holdings Ltd., through its 32% equity interest in ZIM Integrated Shipping Services, Ltd., owned and chartered vessels with a total container capacity of 385,974 TEUs. Further, it develops and owns a proprietary natural gas-to-liquid technology process. The company was incorporated in 2014 and is based in Singapore.

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