Atlantica Yield PLC (NASDAQ: ABY) and Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) (NYSE:EDN) are both utilities companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Atlantica Yield PLC and Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor)’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Atlantica Yield PLC $1.00 billion 2.12 $697.25 million $0.30 70.40
Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) $879.30 million 1.55 $18.86 million N/A N/A

Atlantica Yield PLC has higher revenue and earnings than Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor).

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Atlantica Yield PLC and Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor), as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Atlantica Yield PLC 0 1 2 1 3.00
Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) 0 1 1 0 2.50

Atlantica Yield PLC presently has a consensus target price of $22.33, suggesting a potential upside of 5.74%. Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) has a consensus target price of $26.50, suggesting a potential downside of 12.83%. Given Atlantica Yield PLC’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Atlantica Yield PLC is more favorable than Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor).

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Atlantica Yield PLC 3.15% 1.58% 0.30%
Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) -4.40% -228.16% -3.73%

Dividends

Atlantica Yield PLC pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.7%. Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) does not pay a dividend. Atlantica Yield PLC pays out 333.3% 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 & Volatility

Atlantica Yield PLC has a beta of 1.12, meaning that its share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) has a beta of 1.87, meaning that its share price is 87% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

56.9% of Atlantica Yield PLC shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 7.3% of Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Atlantica Yield PLC beats Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Atlantica Yield PLC

Atlantica Yield plc, formerly Abengoa Yield plc, is a total return company. The Company owns, manages, and acquires renewable energy, conventional power, electric transmission lines and water assets, focused on North America (the United States and Mexico), South America (Peru, Chile, Brazil and Uruguay) and Europe, Middle East and Africa (Spain, Algeria and South Africa). Its segments include North America, South America and EMEA. It operates in business sectors, including renewable energy, conventional power, electric transmission lines and water. As of December 31, 2016, it owned or had interests in 21 assets, comprising 1,442 megawatt (MW) of renewable energy generation, 300 MW of conventional power generation, 1,099 miles of electric transmission lines, as well as an exchangeable preferred equity investment in Abengoa Concessoes Brasil Holding S.A., (ACBH). The renewable energy sector includes its activities related to the production electricity from solar power and wind plants.

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.

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