Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) (NYSE: EDN) and WEC Energy Group (NYSE:WEC) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) and WEC Energy Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) 0 1 0 0 2.00
WEC Energy Group 1 6 0 0 1.86

WEC Energy Group has a consensus price target of $63.17, indicating a potential downside of 7.58%. Given WEC Energy Group’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe WEC Energy Group is more favorable than Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor).

Insider and Institutional Ownership

7.7% of Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.3% of WEC Energy Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of WEC Energy Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) has a beta of 1.87, suggesting that its share price is 87% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, WEC Energy Group has a beta of 0.15, suggesting that its share price is 85% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

WEC Energy Group pays an annual dividend of $2.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) does not pay a dividend. WEC Energy Group pays out 68.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) and WEC Energy Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) 2.21% 103.81% 2.09%
WEC Energy Group 12.79% 10.62% 3.18%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) and WEC Energy Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) $888.56 million 2.12 -$80.47 million N/A N/A
WEC Energy Group $7.47 billion 2.89 $940.20 million $3.04 22.48

WEC Energy Group has higher revenue and earnings than Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor).

Summary

WEC Energy Group beats Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor)

Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora Norte S.A. is a public service company. The Company is engaged in electricity distribution in Argentina. It holds a concession to distribute electricity to the northwestern part of the greater Buenos Aires metropolitan area and in the northern part of the City of Buenos Aires. The Company’s concession area of approximately 4,637 square kilometers is divided into three operating territories: Region I, which consists of over 251 square kilometers; Region II, which consists of approximately 1,761 square kilometers, and Region III, which consists of over 2,625 square kilometers. Region I includes Ciudad de Buenos Aires, San Isidro, Vicente Lopez, San Martin and Tres de Febrero districts. Region II includes La Matanza, Moron, Hurlingham, Ituzaingo, Merlo, Marcos Paz and Gral. Las Heras districts. Region III includes Pilar, Escobar, Tigre, San Fernando, San Miguel, Malvinas Argentinas, Jose C. Paz, Moreno and Gral. Rodriguez districts.

About WEC Energy Group

WEC Energy Group, Inc. was a diversified holding company with natural gas and electric utility operations, an approximately 60% equity ownership interest in American Transmission Company LLC, and non-utility electric operations through its We Power business, as of December 31, 2016. Its segments include Wisconsin; Illinois; Other States; Electric Transmission; We Power, and Corporate and Other. Wisconsin includes the electric and natural gas utility operations of Wisconsin Electric Power Company, Wisconsin Gas LLC, and Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, including WE’s and WPS’s electric and natural gas operations in the state of Michigan. Illinois includes the natural gas utility and non-utility operations of The Peoples Gas Light and Coke Company and North Shore Gas Company. Other states includes the natural gas utility and non-utility operations of Minnesota Energy Resources Corporation and Michigan Gas Utilities Corporation.

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