Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) and Endesa (OTCMKTS:ELEZF) are both large-cap utilities companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations and earnings.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Xcel Energy and Endesa’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Xcel Energy||$11.40 billion||2.01||$1.15 billion||N/A||N/A|
This table compares Xcel Energy and Endesa’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Xcel Energy and Endesa, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Xcel Energy currently has a consensus price target of $46.78, suggesting a potential upside of 3.61%. Given Xcel Energy’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Xcel Energy is more favorable than Endesa.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
74.0% of Xcel Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of Xcel Energy shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Xcel Energy pays an annual dividend of $1.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. Endesa does not pay a dividend. Xcel Energy has increased its dividend for 14 consecutive years.
Xcel Energy beats Endesa on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Xcel Energy
Xcel Energy Inc. is a public utility holding company. The Company’s operations include the activity of four utility subsidiaries that serve electric and natural gas customers in eight states. The Company’s segments include regulated electric utility, regulated natural gas utility and all other. The Company’s utility subsidiaries include NSP-Minnesota, NSP-Wisconsin, Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo) and Southwestern Public Service Co. (SPS), which serve customers in portions of Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin. Along with WYCO Development LLC (WYCO), a joint venture formed with Colorado Interstate Gas Company, LLC (CIG) to develop and lease natural gas pipelines storage and compression facilities, and WestGas InterState, Inc. (WGI), an interstate natural gas pipeline company, these companies comprise the regulated utility operations.
Endesa, S.A. generates, transmits, distributes, and supplies electricity primarily in Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Holland, and internationally. The company operates through Generation and Supply, Distribution, and Structure segments. Endesa, S.A. generates electricity using hydroelectric, thermal, nuclear, wind, solar, and biomass sources. It is also involved in the distribution of natural gas; development and construction of solar PV installations; management, operation, and administration of nuclear plants; coal exploitation operations; issuance of debt instruments; marketing of energy products; provision of consultancy and civil engineering services; and real estate asset management and development. The company was formerly known as Empresa Nacional de Electricidad, S.A. and changed its name to Endesa, S.A. in June 1997. The company was founded in 1944 and is headquartered in Madrid, Spain. Endesa, S.A. operates as a subsidiary of Enel Iberoamérica, S.R.L.
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