Edison International (NYSE: EIX) 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 institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, risk and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Edison International pays an annual dividend of $2.17 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) does not pay a dividend. Edison International pays out 50.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Edison International has increased its dividend for 12 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Edison International 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
Edison International $12.08 billion 2.10 $4.10 billion $4.27 18.19
Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) $1.07 billion 1.78 $120.00 million N/A N/A

Edison International has higher revenue and earnings than Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor).

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Edison International and Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor), as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Edison International 0 6 5 0 2.45
Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) 0 1 1 0 2.50

Edison International currently has a consensus price target of $85.20, suggesting a potential upside of 9.68%. Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) has a consensus price target of $26.50, suggesting a potential downside of 37.47%. Given Edison International’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Edison International is more favorable than Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor).

Institutional and Insider Ownership

81.5% of Edison International shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 7.6% of Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of Edison International shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Edison International 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
Edison International 12.64% 10.58% 2.92%
Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) 2.21% 103.81% 2.09%

Volatility & Risk

Edison International has a beta of 0.22, suggesting that its share price is 78% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) has a beta of 1.96, suggesting that its share price is 96% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Edison International beats Empresa Distribuidora Y Comercializadora Norte S.A. (Edenor) on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Edison International

Edison International is the holding company of Southern California Edison Company (SCE). As of December 31, 2016, SCE, a public utility, was primarily engaged in the business of supplying and delivering electricity to an approximately 50,000 square mile area of southern California. The Company is also the parent company of Edison Energy Group, Inc. (Edison Energy Group), a holding company for subsidiaries engaged in pursuing competitive business opportunities across energy services and distributed solar to commercial and industrial customers. SCE’s projects include West of Devers, Mesa Substation, Alberhill System, Riverside Transmission Reliability, Eldorado-Lugo-Mohave Upgrade, Tehachapi and Coolwater-Lugo. As of December 31, 2016, the West of Devers Project consisted of upgrading and reconfiguring approximately 48 miles of existing 220 kilovolt (kV) transmission lines between the Devers, El Casco, Vista and San Bernardino substations.

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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