ENAGAS S A/ADR (OTCMKTS:ENGGY) and Northwest Natural (NYSE:NWN) are both mid-cap utilities companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.
This table compares ENAGAS S A/ADR and Northwest Natural’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|ENAGAS S A/ADR||N/A||N/A||N/A|
This table compares ENAGAS S A/ADR and Northwest Natural’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|ENAGAS S A/ADR||$1.53 billion||3.44||$522.74 million||N/A||N/A|
|Northwest Natural||$706.14 million||2.88||$64.57 million||$2.33||30.18|
ENAGAS S A/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than Northwest Natural.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for ENAGAS S A/ADR and Northwest Natural, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|ENAGAS S A/ADR||3||0||0||0||1.00|
Northwest Natural has a consensus price target of $65.00, suggesting a potential downside of 7.58%. Given Northwest Natural’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Northwest Natural is more favorable than ENAGAS S A/ADR.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
0.3% of ENAGAS S A/ADR shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.2% of Northwest Natural shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of Northwest Natural shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Risk and Volatility
ENAGAS S A/ADR has a beta of 0.14, indicating that its stock price is 86% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Northwest Natural has a beta of 0.3, indicating that its stock price is 70% less volatile than the S&P 500.
ENAGAS S A/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.74 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.7%. Northwest Natural pays an annual dividend of $1.90 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Northwest Natural pays out 81.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Northwest Natural has raised its dividend for 63 consecutive years.
Northwest Natural beats ENAGAS S A/ADR on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.
ENAGAS S A/ADR Company Profile
EnagÃ¡s, S.A. engages in the development, operation, and maintenance of gas infrastructures in Spain and internationally. The company provides gas transportation services through gas pipelines; natural gas regasification services; and operates underground storage facilities. It is involved in the operation and technical management of the basic network and secondary transportation network for natural gas. The company operates approximately 12,000 kilometers of gas pipelines, 19 compressor stations and 416 regulation and metering stations. EnagÃ¡s, S.A. was founded in 1972 and is based in Madrid, Spain.
Northwest Natural Company Profile
Northwest Natural Holding Company, through its subsidiary, Northwest Natural Gas Company, provides regulated natural gas distribution services to residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. It is also involved in the gas storage activities, water businesses, and other investments and activities. The company was founded in 1859 and is headquartered in Portland, Oregon.
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