TECO Energy (NYSE: TE) and ITC (NYSE:ITC) are both mid-cap utilities companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.
TECO Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. ITC pays an annual dividend of $0.86 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. TECO Energy pays out 86.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. ITC pays out 58.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. TECO Energy has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years and ITC has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.
This table compares TECO Energy and ITC’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
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TECO Energy is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ITC, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
84.2% of ITC shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.2% of ITC shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
This table compares TECO Energy and ITC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for TECO Energy and ITC, as provided by MarketBeat.
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ITC beats TECO Energy on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.
About TECO Energy
TECO Energy, Inc. (TECO Energy) is a holding company for regulated utilities and other businesses. TECO Energy holds all of the common stock of Tampa Electric Company (TEC) and through its subsidiary, New Mexico Gas Intermediate, Inc. (NMGI), owns New Mexico Gas Company, Inc. (NMGC). The Company’s segments include Tampa Electric, Peoples Gas System (PGS) and NMGC. Its Tampa Electric division is engaged in the generation, purchase, transmission, distribution and sale of electric energy. The retail territory served comprises an area of approximately 2,000 square miles in West Central Florida. PGS, the gas division of TEC, is engaged in the purchase, distribution and sale of natural gas for residential, commercial, industrial and electric power generation customers in the state of Florida. NMGC is engaged in the purchase, distribution and sale of natural gas for residential, commercial and industrial customers in the state of New Mexico.
ITC Holdings Corp. (ITC Holdings) is a holding company. The Company is engaged in owning, operating, maintaining and investing in transmission infrastructure. The Company’s business consists primarily of the electric transmission operations of its Regulated Operating Subsidiaries. Its Regulated Operating Subsidiaries include International Transmission Company (ITCTransmission), Michigan Electric Transmission Company, LLC (METC), ITC Midwest LLC (ITC Midwest). The operations performed by its Regulated Operating Subsidiaries fall into the various categories, such as asset planning; engineering, design and construction; maintenance, and real time operations. Its customers include investor-owned utilities, municipalities, cooperatives, power marketers and alternative energy suppliers. It owns and operates high-voltage systems in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and portions of Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.
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