IDACORP (NYSE: IDA) and NV Energy (NYSE:NVE) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for IDACORP and NV Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IDACORP 0 1 0 0 2.00
NV Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A

Dividends

IDACORP pays an annual dividend of $2.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. NV Energy does not pay a dividend. IDACORP pays out 57.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. IDACORP has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

75.5% of IDACORP shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of IDACORP shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares IDACORP and NV Energy’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
IDACORP $1.26 billion 3.53 $198.28 million $4.10 21.54
NV Energy N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

IDACORP has higher revenue and earnings than NV Energy.

Profitability

This table compares IDACORP and NV Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
IDACORP 15.46% 9.44% 3.29%
NV Energy N/A N/A N/A

Summary

IDACORP beats NV Energy on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About IDACORP

IDACORP, Inc. is a holding company. The Company’s principal operating subsidiary is Idaho Power Company (Idaho Power). The Company’s segment is utility operations. The utility operations segment’s primary source of revenue is the regulated operations of Idaho Power. Idaho Power is an electric utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution, sale and purchase of electric energy and capacity. Idaho Power is the parent of Idaho Energy Resources Co. (IERCo), a joint venturer in Bridger Coal Company, which mines and supplies coal to the Jim Bridger generating plant owned in part by Idaho Power. Its subsidiaries also include IDACORP Financial Services, Inc., an investor in affordable housing and other real estate investments, and Ida-West Energy Company, an operator of small hydroelectric generation projects. As of December 31, 2016, Idaho Power provided electric utility service to approximately 535,000 general business customers in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon.

About NV Energy

NV Energy, Inc. (NVE) is an investor-owned holding company. NVE has four primary, wholly owned subsidiaries: Nevada Power Company (NPC), doing business as NV Energy, Sierra Pacific Power Company (SPPC) doing business as NV Energy, NVE Insurance Company, Inc. and Lands of Sierra. The NPC and SPPC (Utilities) operate three business segments: NPC electric; SPPC electric, and SPPC natural gas. Electric service is provided by NPC to Las Vegas and surrounding Clark County, and by SPPC to northern Nevada. Natural gas service is provided by SPPC in the Reno-Sparks area of Nevada. Nevada Electrical Investment Company (NEICO) is a wholly owned subsidiary of NPC. On December 19, 2013, MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company (MidAmerican) completed the merger of NV Energy, Inc. (NVE) and Silver Merger Sub, Inc., a subsidiary of MidAmerican, and following the completion of the merger (the NVE Merger) NVE became an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of MidAmerican.

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