4 Utilities With Excellent Growth Prospects

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Compiled by Luis Gonzalez: The following is a list of utility stocks that have excellent growth prospects, with higher projected EPS growth rates than their industry competitors. All of the companies mentioned below also have the following characteristics:

- EPS and revenue grew faster than their industry competitors over the last five years
- Capital spending accelerated at a faster rate than their competitors (theoretically, this makes them more competitive over the coming years)
- Cashflow growth has accelerated faster than their industry competitors over the last five years

We're not going to go into detailed analysis for each company. The goal here is to give growth-oriented investors a starting point for their own analysis.


All growth stats sourced from Fidelity, short float and performance data sourced from Finviz.

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1. Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo (SBS): Foreign Utilities Industry. Market cap of $5.54B. EPS have grown by 30.76% over the last five years vs. industry average at 10.46%. EPS projected to grow by 11.4% over the next five years vs. industry average at 10.29%. Revenue has grown by 17.17% over the last five years vs. industry average at 10.81%. Capital spending has grown by 34.36% over the last five years vs. industry average at 16.2%. The company's cash flow has grown by 20.77% over the last five years vs. industry average at 19.65%. Short float at 1.17%, which implies a short ratio of 3.25 days. The stock has gained 42.98% over the last year.

2. Energen Corp. (EGN): Gas Utilities Industry. Market cap of $3.89B. EPS have grown by 15.39% over the last five years vs. industry average at 9.76%. EPS projected to grow by 5.45% over the next five years vs. industry average at 4.54%. Revenue has grown by 8.9% over the last five years vs. industry average at 4.05%. Capital spending has grown by 13.86% over the last five years vs. industry average at 10.86%. The company's cash flow has grown by 14.85% over the last five years vs. industry average at 9.29%. Short float at 0.86%, which implies a short ratio of 1.57 days. The stock has gained 12.58% over the last year.

3. Enersis S.A. (ENI): Foreign Utilities Industry. Market cap of $13.86B. EPS have grown by 75.89% over the last five years vs. industry average at 4.86%. EPS projected to grow by 9.0% over the next five years vs. industry average at 6.93%. Revenue has grown by 21.57% over the last five years vs. industry average at 7.59%. Capital spending has grown by 17.17% over the last five years vs. industry average at 16.99%. The company's cash flow has grown by 24.02% over the last five years vs. industry average at 7.78%. Short float at 0.24%, which implies a short ratio of 1.29 days. The stock has lost -5.56% over the last year.

4. ITC Holdings Corp. (ITC): Electric Utilities Industry. Market cap of $3.29B. EPS have grown by 100.31% over the last five years vs. industry average at 4.86%. EPS projected to grow by 16.37% over the next five years vs. industry average at 6.93%. Revenue has grown by 37.48% over the last five years vs. industry average at 7.59%. Capital spending has grown by 39.42% over the last five years vs. industry average at 16.99%. The company's cash flow has grown by 46.54% over the last five years vs. industry average at 7.78%. Short float at 2.76%, which implies a short ratio of 7.35 days. The stock has gained 28.21% over the last year.



The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.



This article appears in: Investing , Investing Ideas , Stocks

Referenced Stocks: EGN , ENI , ITC , SBS

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