Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt (NYSE:EDN) and Korea Electric Power (NYSE:KEP) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings and profitability.
Volatility and Risk
Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt has a beta of 0.88, suggesting that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Korea Electric Power has a beta of 0.52, suggesting that its stock price is 48% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt and Korea Electric Power, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt||0||0||0||0||N/A|
|Korea Electric Power||2||4||1||0||1.86|
Institutional and Insider Ownership
2.3% of Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 4.2% of Korea Electric Power shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Korea Electric Power shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt and Korea Electric Power’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt||14.14%||22.93%||10.75%|
|Korea Electric Power||-3.92%||-3.36%||-1.21%|
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt and Korea Electric Power’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt||$1.52 billion||0.10||$693.07 million||$4.67||0.71|
|Korea Electric Power||$47.34 billion||0.21||-$1.88 billion||($1.46)||-5.36|
Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Korea Electric Power. Korea Electric Power is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt beats Korea Electric Power on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt
Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora Norte Sociedad Anónima, a public service company, engages in the distribution and sale of electricity in Argentina. It serves approximately 8.5 million people in the northwestern part of the greater Buenos Aires metropolitan area and the northern part of the City of Buenos Aires through the concession of 4,637 square kilometers. The company was formerly known as Empresa Distribuidora Norte Sociedad Anónima and changed its name to Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora Norte Sociedad Anónima in June 1996. The company was founded in 1992 and is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora Norte Sociedad Anónima is a subsidiary of Electricidad Argentina S.A.
About Korea Electric Power
Korea Electric Power Corporation, an integrated electric utility company, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Korea and internationally. The company operates through Transmission and Distribution, Electric Power Generation (Nuclear), Electric Power Generation (Non-nuclear), Plant Maintenance & Engineering Service, and Others segments. It generates power from nuclear, coal, oil, liquefied natural gas, internal combustion, combined-cycle, integrated gasification combined cycle, hydro, wind, solar, fuel cell, biogas, and other sources. As of December 31, 2017, the company had a total of 679 generation units, including nuclear, thermal, hydroelectric, and internal combustion units with an installed generation capacity of 82,132 megawatts. Its transmission system consisted of 33,955 circuit kilometers of lines of 765 kilovolts and others, including high-voltage direct current lines, as well as 839 substations with an installed transformer capacity of 311,869 megavolt-amperes; and distribution system included 115,945 megavolt-amperes of transformer capacity and 9,287,199 units of support with a total line length of 483,467 circuit kilometers. The company provides electricity to residential, commercial, educational, industrial, agricultural, street lighting, and overnight power usage. It also offers utility plant maintenance and architectural engineering, information, communication line leasing, resources development, and fly ashes recycling services, as well as sells nuclear fuel. Korea Electric Power Corporation was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Naju, South Korea.
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