SCANA (NYSE: SCG) and Enel Americas (NYSE:ENIA) are both mid-cap utilities companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for SCANA and Enel Americas, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SCANA 2 7 2 0 2.00
Enel Americas 0 0 2 0 3.00

SCANA currently has a consensus price target of $56.69, suggesting a potential upside of 33.98%. Given SCANA’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe SCANA is more favorable than Enel Americas.

Volatility & Risk

SCANA has a beta of 0.2, suggesting that its stock price is 80% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Enel Americas has a beta of 0.72, suggesting that its stock price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares SCANA and Enel Americas’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SCANA 10.45% 10.05% 3.05%
Enel Americas N/A N/A N/A

Institutional and Insider Ownership

66.5% of SCANA shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 8.4% of Enel Americas shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of SCANA shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.0% of Enel Americas shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

SCANA pays an annual dividend of $2.45 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.8%. Enel Americas pays an annual dividend of $0.21 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. SCANA pays out 77.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Enel Americas pays out 58.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. SCANA has increased its dividend for 18 consecutive years. SCANA is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares SCANA and Enel Americas’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SCANA $4.23 billion 1.43 $595.00 million $3.16 13.39
Enel Americas $7.76 billion 1.67 $497.97 million $0.36 31.39

SCANA has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Enel Americas. SCANA is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Enel Americas, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

SCANA beats Enel Americas on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

SCANA Company Profile

SCANA Corporation is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity in South Carolina. The Company operates through segments, including Electric Operations, Gas Distribution, Gas Marketing and All Other. The Company is engaged in the purchase, transmission and sale of natural gas in North Carolina and South Carolina. The Electric Operations segment generates, transmits and distributes electricity. The Company’s regulated businesses include subsidiaries, such as South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G), South Carolina Fuel Company, Inc. (Fuel Company), South Carolina Generating Company, Inc. (GENCO) and Public Service Company of North Carolina, Incorporated (PSNC Energy). The Company’s nonregulated businesses include subsidiaries, such as SCANA Energy Marketing, Inc. (SCANA Energy), ServiceCare, Inc., SCANA Services, Inc. and SCANA Corporate Security Services, Inc.

Enel Americas Company Profile

Enel Americas S.A., formerly Enersis Americas S.A., through its subsidiaries and jointly controlled entities, is engaged in the electricity generation, transmission and distribution businesses in Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Argentina. The Company operates through two segments: Generation and Transmission, and Distribution. The Company’s Generation and Transmission segment operates through companies, including Central Comercializadora de Energia S.A. (Cemsa); Central Dock Sud S.A. (Dock Sud); Central Costanera S.A. (Costanera), and Hidroelectrica El Chocon S.A. (El Chocon). The Company’s Distribution segment operates through companies, including Empresa Distribuidora Sur S.A. (Edesur); Ampla Energia e Servicos S.A. (Ampla), and Companhia Energetica do Ceara S.A. (Coelce). The Company is engaged in non-electricity business through its subsidiary, Servicios Informaticos e Inmobiliarios Ltda. (SIEI). It holds interest in Yacylec S.A., which is an electricity transmission company.

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