Atlantica Yield (NASDAQ: AY) is one of 82 publicly-traded companies in the “Electric Utilities” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Atlantica Yield to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Atlantica Yield and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Atlantica Yield 0 1 3 0 2.75
Atlantica Yield Competitors 544 2998 2412 43 2.33

Atlantica Yield presently has a consensus price target of $23.75, indicating a potential upside of 13.10%. As a group, “Electric Utilities” companies have a potential upside of 11.90%. Given Atlantica Yield’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Atlantica Yield is more favorable than its rivals.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

51.0% of Atlantica Yield shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.5% of shares of all “Electric Utilities” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.7% of shares of all “Electric Utilities” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Atlantica Yield has a beta of 1.15, indicating that its stock price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Atlantica Yield’s rivals have a beta of 0.64, indicating that their average stock price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Atlantica Yield and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Atlantica Yield $971.80 million -$4.85 million 77.78
Atlantica Yield Competitors $7.66 billion $831.80 million 56.74

Atlantica Yield’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Atlantica Yield. Atlantica Yield is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.


Atlantica Yield pays an annual dividend of $1.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.5%. Atlantica Yield pays out 429.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Electric Utilities” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.3% and pay out 103.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Atlantica Yield and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Atlantica Yield 2.85% 1.41% 0.27%
Atlantica Yield Competitors -14.48% 9.14% 2.51%


Atlantica Yield rivals beat Atlantica Yield on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Atlantica Yield Company Profile

Atlantica Yield plc, formerly Abengoa Yield plc, is a total return company. The Company owns, manages, and acquires renewable energy, conventional power, electric transmission lines and water assets, focused on North America (the United States and Mexico), South America (Peru, Chile, Brazil and Uruguay) and Europe, Middle East and Africa (Spain, Algeria and South Africa). Its segments include North America, South America and EMEA. It operates in business sectors, including renewable energy, conventional power, electric transmission lines and water. As of December 31, 2016, it owned or had interests in 21 assets, comprising 1,442 megawatt (MW) of renewable energy generation, 300 MW of conventional power generation, 1,099 miles of electric transmission lines, as well as an exchangeable preferred equity investment in Abengoa Concessoes Brasil Holding S.A., (ACBH). The renewable energy sector includes its activities related to the production electricity from solar power and wind plants.

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