SSE PLC/S (OTCMKTS:SSEZY) and EDP-Energias de Portugal, S.A (OTCMKTS:EDPFY) are both large-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.1% of SSE PLC/S shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of EDP-Energias de Portugal, S.A shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares SSE PLC/S and EDP-Energias de Portugal, S.A’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
EDP-Energias de Portugal, S.A 2.29% 5.45% 1.69%


SSE PLC/S pays an annual dividend of $1.69 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.7%. EDP-Energias de Portugal, S.A pays an annual dividend of $1.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. SSE PLC/S pays out 194.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Risk and Volatility

SSE PLC/S has a beta of 0.74, meaning that its share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EDP-Energias de Portugal, S.A has a beta of 0.5, meaning that its share price is 50% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares SSE PLC/S and EDP-Energias de Portugal, S.A’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SSE PLC/S $9.55 billion 1.42 $1.85 billion $0.87 15.32
EDP-Energias de Portugal, S.A $18.04 billion 0.75 $613.16 million N/A N/A

SSE PLC/S has higher earnings, but lower revenue than EDP-Energias de Portugal, S.A.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for SSE PLC/S and EDP-Energias de Portugal, S.A, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SSE PLC/S 0 2 3 0 2.60
EDP-Energias de Portugal, S.A 0 0 0 0 N/A


SSE PLC/S beats EDP-Energias de Portugal, S.A on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.


SSE plc engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and supply of electricity. The company operates through three segments: Wholesale, Networks, and Retail. It generates electricity from gas, oil, coal, water, and wind. The company transmits and distributes electricity to approximately 3.7 million homes and businesses across the north of the central belt of Scotland and also central southern England; owns and maintains 132 kilovolts (KV), 275kV, and 400kV electricity transmission network; and manages 130,000 kilometers of overhead lines and underground cables, 106,000 substations, and approximately 100 subsea cables. It also produces, stores, distributes, and supplies gas; and offers other energy-related services. In addition, it engages in electricity and utility contracting, telecommunications, energy trading, insurance, and property holding businesses, as well as provision of corporate and maintenance services. The company was formerly known as Scottish and Southern Energy plc and changed its name to SSE plc in September 2011. SSE plc was incorporated in 1989 and is based in Perth, the United Kingdom.

About EDP-Energias de Portugal, S.A

EDP – Energias de Portugal, S.A. generates, distributes, and supplies electricity in Portugal, Spain, France, Poland, Romania, Brazil, and the United States. It operates through Generation and Supply in Iberia, Regulated Networks in Iberia, EDP Renov├íveis, and EDP Brasil segments. The company primarily generates electricity through hydro, CCGT, coal, mini-hydro, wind, solar, nuclear, and cogeneration sources. It also distributes and supplies gas. The company has an installed capacity of 27 GW; and serves 9,848,384 electricity customers and 1,595,347 gas customers. It also operates 285,121 kilometers of distribution overhead lines; and 54,056 kilometers of distribution underground lines. In addition, the company offers engineering, laboratory tests, professional training, energy, and property management services. EDP – Energias de Portugal, S.A. was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Lisbon, Portugal.

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