Dominion Energy (NYSE: D) and Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (NYSE:EOCC) are both mid-cap utilities companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and earnings.

Dividends

Dominion Energy pays an annual dividend of $3.02 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Empresa Nacional de Electricidad pays an annual dividend of $1.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.0%. Dominion Energy pays out 87.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Empresa Nacional de Electricidad has increased its dividend for 8 consecutive years. Empresa Nacional de Electricidad is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Profitability

This table compares Dominion Energy and Empresa Nacional de Electricidad’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Dominion Energy 17.48% 14.04% 3.29%
Empresa Nacional de Electricidad N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

64.8% of Dominion Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 3.3% of Empresa Nacional de Electricidad shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Dominion Energy shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Dominion Energy has a beta of 0.28, meaning that its share price is 72% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Empresa Nacional de Electricidad has a beta of 0.78, meaning that its share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Dominion Energy and Empresa Nacional de Electricidad’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Dominion Energy $12.42 billion 4.02 $6.23 billion $3.46 22.45
Empresa Nacional de Electricidad $2.38 billion 2.60 $838.74 million N/A N/A

Dominion Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Empresa Nacional de Electricidad.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Dominion Energy and Empresa Nacional de Electricidad, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Dominion Energy 0 6 2 0 2.25
Empresa Nacional de Electricidad 1 0 0 0 1.00

Dominion Energy presently has a consensus target price of $79.83, suggesting a potential upside of 2.77%. Given Dominion Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Dominion Energy is more favorable than Empresa Nacional de Electricidad.

Summary

Dominion Energy beats Empresa Nacional de Electricidad on 12 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Dominion Energy Company Profile

Dominion Energy, Inc., formerly Dominion Resources, Inc., is a producer and transporter of energy. Dominion is focused on its investment in regulated electric generation, transmission and distribution and regulated natural gas transmission and distribution infrastructure. It operates through three segments: Dominion Virginia Power operating segment (DVP), Dominion Generation, Dominion Energy, and Corporate and Other. The DVP segment includes regulated electric distribution and regulated electric transmission. The Dominion Generation segment includes regulated electric fleet and merchant electric fleet. The Dominion Energy segment includes gas transmission and storage, gas gathering and processing, liquefied natural gas import and storage, and nonregulated retail energy marketing. As of December 31, 2016, Dominion served utility and retail energy customers, and operated an underground natural gas storage system with approximately one trillion cubic feet of storage capacity.

Empresa Nacional de Electricidad Company Profile

Enel Generacion Chile SA, formerly Empresa Nacional De Electricidad SA, is a Chile-based company engaged in the business of electricity generation. The Company operates in Chile. The Company owns and operates a total of approximately 111-generation units in Chile both directly and through its subsidiaries, Pehuenche, Celta and GasAtacama. Of these generation units, approximately 38 are hydroelectric, with a total installed capacity of over 3,470 megawatts. There are approximately 22 thermal generation units that operate with gas, coal or oil with a total installed capacity of over 2,808 megawatts. There are over 51 wind powered generation units with an aggregate installed capacity of approximately 78 megawatts. The Company’s subsidiaries include Compania Electrica San Isidro S.A. (San Isidro), Compania Electrica Tarapaca S.A. (Celta), Empresa Electrica Pehuenche S.A. (Pehuenche) and GasAtacama S.A (GasAtacama). It is controlled by Enel Chile SA.

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