Korea Electric Power Corporation (NYSE: KEP) and Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (NYSE:EOCC) are both mid-cap utilities companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Korea Electric Power Corporation and Empresa Nacional de Electricidad, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Korea Electric Power Corporation 0 2 4 0 2.67
Empresa Nacional de Electricidad 0 1 0 0 2.00

Empresa Nacional de Electricidad has a consensus target price of $24.20, suggesting a potential downside of 5.02%. Given Empresa Nacional de Electricidad’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Empresa Nacional de Electricidad is more favorable than Korea Electric Power Corporation.

Dividends

Empresa Nacional de Electricidad pays an annual dividend of $1.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.5%. Korea Electric Power Corporation does not pay a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

4.5% of Korea Electric Power Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.7% of Empresa Nacional de Electricidad shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Korea Electric Power Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Korea Electric Power Corporation and Empresa Nacional de Electricidad’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Korea Electric Power Corporation $51.52 billion 0.45 $15.50 billion $3.91 4.63
Empresa Nacional de Electricidad $2.41 billion 2.89 $849.70 million N/A N/A

Korea Electric Power Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Empresa Nacional de Electricidad.

Profitability

This table compares Korea Electric Power Corporation and Empresa Nacional de Electricidad’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Korea Electric Power Corporation 9.69% 7.76% 3.16%
Empresa Nacional de Electricidad N/A N/A N/A

Risk and Volatility

Korea Electric Power Corporation has a beta of 0.55, suggesting that its stock price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Empresa Nacional de Electricidad has a beta of 0.76, suggesting that its stock price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Korea Electric Power Corporation beats Empresa Nacional de Electricidad on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Korea Electric Power Corporation Company Profile

Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) is an integrated electric utility company engaged in the transmission and distribution of electricity in the Republic of Korea. Its segments include transmission and distribution, nuclear power generation and thermal power generation and all others . The transmission and distribution segment, which is operated by KEPCO, comprise operations related to the transmission, distribution and sale to end-users of electricity. The nuclear power generation segment, which is engaged in the nuclear, hydro, pumping-up power generation. The thermal power generation segment, which is engaged in bituminous coal, anthracite, liquefied natural gas (LNG) power generation. And the Other Segment comprises operations related to the plant design, power generation equipment assembly, nuclear raw materials supplement, electricity IT service, renewable source power generation and financial investment on overseas businesses.

Empresa Nacional de Electricidad Company Profile

Enel Generacion Chile SA, formerly Empresa Nacional De Electricidad SA, is a Chile-based company engaged in the business of electricity generation. The Company operates in Chile. The Company owns and operates a total of approximately 111-generation units in Chile both directly and through its subsidiaries, Pehuenche, Celta and GasAtacama. Of these generation units, approximately 38 are hydroelectric, with a total installed capacity of over 3,470 megawatts. There are approximately 22 thermal generation units that operate with gas, coal or oil with a total installed capacity of over 2,808 megawatts. There are over 51 wind powered generation units with an aggregate installed capacity of approximately 78 megawatts. The Company’s subsidiaries include Compania Electrica San Isidro S.A. (San Isidro), Compania Electrica Tarapaca S.A. (Celta), Empresa Electrica Pehuenche S.A. (Pehuenche) and GasAtacama S.A (GasAtacama). It is controlled by Enel Chile SA.

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