Spark Energy (NASDAQ:SPKE) versus Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt (EDN) Financial Contrast

Spark Energy (NASDAQ: SPKE) and Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt (NYSE:EDN) are both small-cap utilities companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Spark Energy and Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Spark Energy 0 2 4 0 2.67
Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt 0 1 0 0 2.00

Spark Energy presently has a consensus target price of $22.08, suggesting a potential upside of 64.19%. Given Spark Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Spark Energy is more favorable than Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt.

Profitability

This table compares Spark Energy and Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Spark Energy 1.84% 10.49% 3.38%
Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt 6.46% 192.95% 6.88%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Spark Energy and Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Spark Energy $546.70 million 0.85 $14.44 million $0.81 16.61
Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt $888.56 million 2.28 -$80.47 million N/A N/A

Spark Energy has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt.

Dividends

Spark Energy pays an annual dividend of $0.73 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.4%. Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt does not pay a dividend. Spark Energy pays out 90.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Volatility and Risk

Spark Energy has a beta of -1.68, suggesting that its stock price is 268% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt has a beta of 1.84, suggesting that its stock price is 84% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

35.3% of Spark Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 6.4% of Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt shares are held by institutional investors. 66.9% of Spark Energy shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

About Spark Energy

Spark Energy, Inc. is an independent retail energy services company. The Company provides residential and commercial customers across the United States with an alternative choice for their natural gas and electricity. The Company operates through two segments: Retail Natural Gas Segment and Retail Electricity Segment. The Retail Natural Gas segment consists of natural gas sales to, and natural gas transportation and distribution for, residential and commercial customers. It purchases natural gas supply through physical and financial transactions with market counterparts and supplies natural gas to residential and commercial consumers pursuant to fixed-price and variable-price. The Retail Electricity segment consists of electricity sales and transmission to residential and commercial customers. The Company has approximately 774,000 renewable energy credits (RCEs). As of July 5, 2017, the Company operates in 94 utility service territories across 19 states and the District of Columbia.

About Empresa Distribuidora y Cmrz Nrt

Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora Norte S.A. is a public service company. The Company is engaged in electricity distribution in Argentina. It holds a concession to distribute electricity to the northwestern part of the greater Buenos Aires metropolitan area and in the northern part of the City of Buenos Aires. The Company’s concession area of approximately 4,637 square kilometers is divided into three operating territories: Region I, which consists of over 251 square kilometers; Region II, which consists of approximately 1,761 square kilometers, and Region III, which consists of over 2,625 square kilometers. Region I includes Ciudad de Buenos Aires, San Isidro, Vicente Lopez, San Martin and Tres de Febrero districts. Region II includes La Matanza, Moron, Hurlingham, Ituzaingo, Merlo, Marcos Paz and Gral. Las Heras districts. Region III includes Pilar, Escobar, Tigre, San Fernando, San Miguel, Malvinas Argentinas, Jose C. Paz, Moreno and Gral. Rodriguez districts.

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