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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Atlantica Yield and its competitors, as reported 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 2997 2411 43 2.33

Atlantica Yield currently has a consensus target price of $23.75, indicating a potential upside of 13.10%. As a group, “Electric Utilities” companies have a potential upside of 12.11%. Given Atlantica Yield’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Atlantica Yield is more favorable than its competitors.

Risk & Volatility

Atlantica Yield has a beta of 1.15, suggesting that its share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Atlantica Yield’s competitors have a beta of 0.63, suggesting that their average share price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Atlantica Yield and its competitors 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 56.49

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

Dividends

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 100.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Atlantica Yield and its competitors’ 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 -14.19% 10.15% 2.56%

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 company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

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

About Atlantica Yield

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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