Contrasting NV Energy (NVE) and Great Plains Energy (GXP)

NV Energy (NYSE: NVE) and Great Plains Energy (NYSE:GXP) are both utilities companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation and risk.

Dividends

Great Plains Energy pays an annual dividend of $1.10 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. NV Energy does not pay a dividend. Great Plains Energy pays out 578.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. NV Energy has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

87.1% of Great Plains Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Great Plains Energy shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares NV Energy and Great Plains Energy’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NV Energy N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Great Plains Energy $2.68 billion 2.44 $290.00 million $0.19 159.63

Great Plains Energy has higher revenue and earnings than NV Energy.

Profitability

This table compares NV Energy and Great Plains Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NV Energy N/A N/A N/A
Great Plains Energy 3.42% 5.41% 1.83%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for NV Energy and Great Plains Energy, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NV Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A
Great Plains Energy 0 3 4 0 2.57

Great Plains Energy has a consensus price target of $32.20, suggesting a potential upside of 6.17%.

Summary

Great Plains Energy beats NV Energy on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

NV Energy Company Profile

NV Energy, Inc. (NVE) is an investor-owned holding company. NVE has four primary, wholly owned subsidiaries: Nevada Power Company (NPC), doing business as NV Energy, Sierra Pacific Power Company (SPPC) doing business as NV Energy, NVE Insurance Company, Inc. and Lands of Sierra. The NPC and SPPC (Utilities) operate three business segments: NPC electric; SPPC electric, and SPPC natural gas. Electric service is provided by NPC to Las Vegas and surrounding Clark County, and by SPPC to northern Nevada. Natural gas service is provided by SPPC in the Reno-Sparks area of Nevada. Nevada Electrical Investment Company (NEICO) is a wholly owned subsidiary of NPC. On December 19, 2013, MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company (MidAmerican) completed the merger of NV Energy, Inc. (NVE) and Silver Merger Sub, Inc., a subsidiary of MidAmerican, and following the completion of the merger (the NVE Merger) NVE became an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of MidAmerican.

Great Plains Energy Company Profile

Great Plains Energy Incorporated (Great Plains Energy) is a utility holding company. The Company operates through electric utility segment. The Company’s subsidiaries with operations include Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L) and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company (GMO). KCP&L is an integrated, regulated electric utility that provides electricity to customers primarily in the states of Missouri and Kansas. Kansas City Power & Light Receivables Company (KCP&L Receivables Company) is the KCP&L’s subsidiary. GMO is an integrated, regulated electric utility that provides electricity to customers in the state of Missouri. GMO also provides regulated steam service to certain customers in the St. Joseph, Missouri area. GMO’s subsidiaries include GMO Receivables Company and MPS Merchant Services, Inc. (MPS Merchant). As of December 31, 2016, electric utility had approximately 6,500 megawatts (MWs) of owned generating capacity.

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