Critical Survey: Edison International (EIX) vs. CENTRAIS ELETRI/S (EBR)

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Edison International (NYSE:EIX) and CENTRAIS ELETRI/S (NYSE:EBR) are both large-cap utilities companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings and dividends.

Risk & Volatility

Edison International has a beta of -0.06, meaning that its stock price is 106% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CENTRAIS ELETRI/S has a beta of 0.26, meaning that its stock price is 74% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Edison International pays an annual dividend of $2.45 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.1%. CENTRAIS ELETRI/S does not pay a dividend. Edison International pays out 54.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Edison International has raised its dividend for 14 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Edison International and CENTRAIS ELETRI/S, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Edison International 1 5 8 0 2.50
CENTRAIS ELETRI/S 1 0 0 0 1.00

Edison International currently has a consensus price target of $68.13, indicating a potential upside of 14.84%. Given Edison International’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Edison International is more favorable than CENTRAIS ELETRI/S.

Profitability

This table compares Edison International and CENTRAIS ELETRI/S’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Edison International 4.47% 10.61% 2.82%
CENTRAIS ELETRI/S -9.17% -6.67% -1.83%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

83.2% of Edison International shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Edison International shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Edison International and CENTRAIS ELETRI/S’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Edison International $12.32 billion 1.57 $689.00 million $4.50 13.18
CENTRAIS ELETRI/S $7.05 billion N/A -$552.42 million N/A N/A

Edison International has higher revenue and earnings than CENTRAIS ELETRI/S.

Summary

Edison International beats CENTRAIS ELETRI/S on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Edison International Company Profile

Edison International, through its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity in the United States. It generates electricity through hydroelectric, diesel/liquid petroleum gas, natural gas, nuclear, and photovoltaic sources. The company supplies electricity primarily to residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, and other customers, as well as public authorities through transmission and distribution networks. Its transmission facilities consist of lines ranging from 33 kV to 500 kV and substations; and distribution system comprises approximately 53,000 line miles of overhead lines, 38,000 line miles of underground lines, and 800 substations located in California. The company serves approximately 5 million customers. Edison International was founded in 1886 and is based in Rosemead, California.

CENTRAIS ELETRI/S Company Profile

Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras S.A. – Eletrobras, through its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity in Brazil. The company generates electricity through thermal, nuclear, wind, and hydroelectric plants. As of December 31, 2017, it owned and operated 44 hydroelectric plants and held interests in various other plants with a total installed capacity of 42,350 Megawatts (MW); 112 thermal plants, including coal, and oil and gas power generation units with an installed capacity of 2,646 MW; and 2 nuclear power plants with an installed capacity of 1,990 MW. The company also operates 71,684 kilometers of transmission lines and 6 power distributors that serve approximately 4.4 million consumers. Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras S.A. ? Eletrobrás was founded in 1962 and is headquartered in Brasília, Brazil.

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