ITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE: ITC) and Portland General Electric (NYSE:POR) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares ITC Holdings Corp. and Portland General Electric’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ITC Holdings Corp. 26.73% 16.53% 3.82%
Portland General Electric 10.06% 8.48% 2.64%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares ITC Holdings Corp. and Portland General Electric’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ITC Holdings Corp. N/A N/A N/A $1.54 29.55
Portland General Electric $1.99 billion 2.04 $687.00 million $2.24 20.35

Portland General Electric has higher revenue and earnings than ITC Holdings Corp.. Portland General Electric is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ITC Holdings Corp., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for ITC Holdings Corp. and Portland General Electric, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ITC Holdings Corp. 0 1 0 0 2.00
Portland General Electric 4 3 0 0 1.43

Portland General Electric has a consensus price target of $42.00, suggesting a potential downside of 7.85%. Given Portland General Electric’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Portland General Electric is more favorable than ITC Holdings Corp..

Institutional & Insider Ownership

84.2% of ITC Holdings Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.2% of Portland General Electric shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.2% of ITC Holdings Corp. shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.6% of Portland General Electric shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

ITC Holdings Corp. pays an annual dividend of $0.86 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Portland General Electric pays an annual dividend of $1.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. ITC Holdings Corp. pays out 55.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Portland General Electric pays out 60.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. ITC Holdings Corp. has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years and Portland General Electric has increased its dividend for 11 consecutive years. Portland General Electric is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

ITC Holdings Corp. Company Profile

ITC Holdings Corp. (ITC Holdings) is a holding company. The Company is engaged in owning, operating, maintaining and investing in transmission infrastructure. The Company’s business consists primarily of the electric transmission operations of its Regulated Operating Subsidiaries. Its Regulated Operating Subsidiaries include International Transmission Company (ITCTransmission), Michigan Electric Transmission Company, LLC (METC), ITC Midwest LLC (ITC Midwest). The operations performed by its Regulated Operating Subsidiaries fall into the various categories, such as asset planning; engineering, design and construction; maintenance, and real time operations. Its customers include investor-owned utilities, municipalities, cooperatives, power marketers and alternative energy suppliers. It owns and operates high-voltage systems in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and portions of Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.

Portland General Electric Company Profile

Portland General Electric Company is an electric utility that is engaged in the wholesale purchase, transmission, distribution and retail sale of electricity in the State of Oregon. Its service area allocation of approximately 4,000 square miles is located entirely within Oregon and includes approximately 51 incorporated cities, of which Portland and Salem. It has five natural gas-fired generating facilities, which include Port Westward Unit 1 (PW1), Port Westward Unit 2 (PW2), Beaver natural gas-fired generating plant (Beaver), Coyote Springs Unit 1 (Coyote Springs) and Carty natural gas-fired generating plant (Carty). As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated two wind farms, Biglow Canyon Wind Farm (Biglow Canyon) and Tucannon River Wind Farm (Tucannon River). The Company’s hydroelectric projects consist of Pelton/Round Butte on the Deschutes River near Madras, Oregon, four plants on the Clackamas River, and one on the Willamette River.

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