Pepco Holdings (NYSE: POM) and UNITIL Corporation (NYSE:UTL) are both utilities companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitabiliy and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Pepco Holdings and UNITIL Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pepco Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A
UNITIL Corporation 0 1 0 0 2.00

UNITIL Corporation has a consensus price target of $44.00, indicating a potential downside of 13.13%. Given UNITIL Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe UNITIL Corporation is more favorable than Pepco Holdings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

58.9% of UNITIL Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of UNITIL Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Pepco Holdings and UNITIL Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pepco Holdings 10.52% 11.08% 2.95%
UNITIL Corporation 7.52% 9.88% 2.61%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Pepco Holdings and UNITIL Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Pepco Holdings N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
UNITIL Corporation $389.90 million 1.83 $116.50 million $2.09 24.23

UNITIL Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Pepco Holdings.

Dividends

UNITIL Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Pepco Holdings does not pay a dividend. UNITIL Corporation pays out 68.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Pepco Holdings has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Summary

UNITIL Corporation beats Pepco Holdings on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Pepco Holdings

Pepco Holdings LLC, formerly Pepco Holdings, Inc., is a holding company. The Company, through its utility subsidiaries, is engaged in the transmission, distribution and default supply of electricity, and the distribution and supply of natural gas. The Company’s segments include Power Delivery, Pepco Energy Services, and Corporate and Other. The Company’s subsidiaries include Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco), Delmarva Power & Light Company (DPL) and Atlantic City Electric Company (ACE). Pepco is engaged in the transmission, distribution and default supply of electricity. DPL is involved in the transmission, distribution and default supply of electricity, and distribution and supply of natural gas. ACE is engaged in the transmission, distribution and default supply of electricity. The Company’s subsidiaries own and operate a network of wires, substations and other equipment that are classified as transmission facilities, distribution facilities or common facilities.

About UNITIL Corporation

Unitil Corporation is a public utility holding company. The Company’s principal business is the local distribution of electricity in the southeastern seacoast and state capital regions of New Hampshire and the greater Fitchburg area of north central Massachusetts and the local distribution of natural gas in southeastern New Hampshire, portions of southern Maine to the Lewiston-Auburn area and in the greater Fitchburg area of north central Massachusetts. Its segments include utility gas operations, utility electric operations and non-regulated. Its operations include natural gas operations; natural gas distribution utility operations; gas transmission pipeline operations; electric distribution utility operations, and non-regulated and other non-utility operations. As of December 31, 2016, it was engaged in the distribution of electricity and natural gas to approximately 184,200 customers throughout its service territories in the states of New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine.

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