Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) is one of 85 publicly-traded companies in the “Electric Utilities” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Exelon Corporation to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, risk, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Risk & Volatility

Exelon Corporation has a beta of 0.29, meaning that its share price is 71% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Exelon Corporation’s peers have a beta of 0.70, meaning that their average share price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Exelon Corporation and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Exelon Corporation 0 4 8 0 2.67
Exelon Corporation Competitors 500 2851 2300 39 2.33

Exelon Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $40.45, indicating a potential upside of 6.03%. As a group, “Electric Utilities” companies have a potential upside of 7.02%. Given Exelon Corporation’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Exelon Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Exelon Corporation and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Exelon Corporation $33.26 billion $9.49 billion 19.97
Exelon Corporation Competitors $7.19 billion $2.12 billion 30.54

Exelon Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Exelon Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

76.8% of Exelon Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.5% of shares of all “Electric Utilities” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.7% of Exelon Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.9% of shares of all “Electric Utilities” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Exelon Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Exelon Corporation 5.41% 8.47% 2.06%
Exelon Corporation Competitors -10.73% 3.56% 0.55%

Dividends

Exelon Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.31 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. Exelon Corporation pays out 68.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Electric Utilities” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.2% and pay out 103.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Exelon Corporation is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Summary

Exelon Corporation beats its peers on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Exelon Corporation

Exelon Corporation is a utility services holding company. The Company, through its subsidiary, Exelon Generation Company, LLC (Generation), is engaged in the energy generation business. The Company, through its subsidiaries, Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd), PECO Energy Company (PECO), Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), Pepco Holdings LLC (PHI), Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco), Delmarva Power & Light Company (DPL) and Atlantic City Electric Company (ACE), is engaged in the energy delivery businesses. It operates through 12 segments: Generation’s six segments: Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, New England, New York, ERCOT and Other Power Regions; ComEd; PECO; BGE, and PHI’s three utility segments: Pepco, DPL and ACE. Generation’s integrated business consists of the generation, physical delivery and marketing of power across geographical regions through its customer-facing business, Constellation, which sells electricity and natural gas to both wholesale and retail customers.

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