DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) and Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt (NYSE:EDN) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and earnings.

Volatility and Risk

DTE Energy has a beta of 0.23, suggesting that its stock price is 77% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt has a beta of 1.84, suggesting that its stock price is 84% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for DTE Energy and Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
DTE Energy 1 3 3 0 2.29
Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt 0 1 0 0 2.00

DTE Energy presently has a consensus price target of $112.43, indicating a potential downside of 2.24%. Given DTE Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe DTE Energy is more favorable than Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt.

Dividends

DTE Energy pays an annual dividend of $3.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt does not pay a dividend. DTE Energy pays out 60.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

68.4% of DTE Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 6.4% of Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of DTE Energy shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares DTE Energy and Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
DTE Energy $10.63 billion 1.94 $868.00 million $5.47 21.02
Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt $888.56 million 2.28 -$80.47 million N/A N/A

DTE Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt.

Profitability

This table compares DTE Energy and Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
DTE Energy 8.01% 9.56% 2.84%
Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt 6.46% 192.95% 6.88%

Summary

DTE Energy beats Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

DTE Energy Company Profile

DTE Energy Company is an energy company. Its segments include Electric, which consists of DTE Electric Company, which is engaged in the generation, purchase, distribution and sale of electricity to residential, commercial and industrial customers in southeastern Michigan; Gas, which consists of DTE Gas Company, which is engaged in the purchase, storage, transportation, distribution and sale of natural gas to residential, commercial and industrial customers throughout Michigan; Gas Storage and Pipelines, which consists of natural gas pipeline, gathering and storage businesses; Power and Industrial Projects, which consists of projects that deliver energy and utility-type products and services to industrial, commercial and institutional customers, and sell electricity from renewable energy projects; Energy Trading, which consists of energy marketing and trading operations, and Corporate and Other, which includes various holding company activities and holds certain non-utility debt.

Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt Company Profile

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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