Kenon (NYSE: KEN) and Pepco (NYSE:POM) are both electric utilities – nec companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, earnings and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Kenon and Pepco’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kenon $1.87 billion 0.57 -$411.93 million ($1.50) -13.25
Pepco N/A N/A N/A $1.25 21.56

Pepco has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Kenon. Kenon is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Pepco, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Pepco pays an annual dividend of $1.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.0%. Kenon does not pay a dividend. Pepco pays out 86.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Kenon and Pepco, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kenon 0 0 0 0 N/A
Pepco 0 0 0 0 N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

1.0% of Kenon shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Kenon and Pepco’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kenon -3.75% -7.28% -1.28%
Pepco 10.52% 11.08% 2.95%

Summary

Pepco beats Kenon on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Kenon Company Profile

Kenon Holdings Ltd. is a holding company that operates primarily growth-oriented businesses. The Company’s segments include I.C. Power Asia Development Ltd (IC Power), Qoros Automotive Co., Ltd. (Qoros) and Other. I.C. Power, through its subsidiary companies, is engaged in the production, operation and sale of electricity in countries in Latin America, the Caribbean region and Israel. Qoros is an automotive company. Its other activities include shipping services and renewable energy businesses. The Company also holds interests in ZIM Integrated Shipping Services, Ltd. (ZIM), which is a provider of container shipping services, and Primus Green Energy, Inc. (Primus), which is a developer and owner of a natural gas-to-liquid technology process. IC Power is an owner, developer and operator of power generation facilities, and operates power distribution business. Qoros offers approximately three vehicle models, which include the Qoros 3 Sedan, the Qoros 3 Hatch and the Qoros 3 City SUV.

Pepco Company Profile

Pepco Holdings LLC, formerly Pepco Holdings, Inc., is a holding company. The Company, through its utility subsidiaries, is engaged in the transmission, distribution and default supply of electricity, and the distribution and supply of natural gas. The Company’s segments include Power Delivery, Pepco Energy Services, and Corporate and Other. The Company’s subsidiaries include Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco), Delmarva Power & Light Company (DPL) and Atlantic City Electric Company (ACE). Pepco is engaged in the transmission, distribution and default supply of electricity. DPL is involved in the transmission, distribution and default supply of electricity, and distribution and supply of natural gas. ACE is engaged in the transmission, distribution and default supply of electricity. The Company’s subsidiaries own and operate a network of wires, substations and other equipment that are classified as transmission facilities, distribution facilities or common facilities.

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