Head to Head Review: Enel Generaci?n Chile (EOCC) & NiSource (NI)

Enel Generaci?n Chile (NYSE: EOCC) and NiSource (NYSE:NI) are both mid-cap utilities companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Enel Generaci?n Chile and NiSource, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Enel Generaci?n Chile 2 0 0 0 1.00
NiSource 0 4 9 0 2.69

Enel Generaci?n Chile currently has a consensus price target of $24.20, suggesting a potential downside of 9.40%. NiSource has a consensus price target of $27.00, suggesting a potential upside of 17.09%. Given NiSource’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe NiSource is more favorable than Enel Generaci?n Chile.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

2.5% of Enel Generaci?n Chile shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.0% of NiSource shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of NiSource shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Enel Generaci?n Chile and NiSource’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Enel Generaci?n Chile $2.45 billion 2.98 $627.68 million N/A N/A
NiSource $4.87 billion 1.60 $128.50 million $0.39 59.13

Enel Generaci?n Chile has higher earnings, but lower revenue than NiSource.

Risk & Volatility

Enel Generaci?n Chile has a beta of 0.76, suggesting that its stock price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, NiSource has a beta of 0.3, suggesting that its stock price is 70% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Enel Generaci?n Chile pays an annual dividend of $1.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.0%. NiSource pays an annual dividend of $0.78 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. NiSource pays out 200.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Profitability

This table compares Enel Generaci?n Chile and NiSource’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Enel Generaci?n Chile 25.83% 32.97% 18.60%
NiSource 2.64% 8.90% 1.97%

Summary

Enel Generaci?n Chile beats NiSource on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Enel Generaci?n Chile 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.

NiSource Company Profile

NiSource Inc. is an energy holding company. The Company is engaged in the distribution of natural gas. The Company operates through two business segments: Gas Distribution Operations and Electric Operations. The Company’s Gas Distribution Operations segment provides natural gas service and transportation for residential, commercial and industrial customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Indiana and Massachusetts. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s Electric Operations segment provided electric services in 20 counties in the northern part of Indiana. The Company’s electric operations segment generated, transmitted and distributed electricity through the Company’s subsidiary NIPSCO to approximately 466,000 customers in 20 counties in the northern part of Indiana and engaged in wholesale and transmission transactions, as of December 31, 2016. NIPSCO owned and operated three coal-fired electric generating stations, as of December 31, 2016.

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