Head to Head Comparison: Kenon (NYSE:KEN) vs. SSE PLC/S (NYSE:SSEZY)

SSE PLC/S (OTCMKTS:SSEZY) and Kenon (NYSE:KEN) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, earnings, dividends and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.1% of SSE PLC/S shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.6% of Kenon shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares SSE PLC/S and Kenon’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SSE PLC/S $9.55 billion 2.05 $1.85 billion $0.87 21.54
Kenon $364.00 million 3.11 $434.21 million N/A N/A

SSE PLC/S has higher revenue and earnings than Kenon.

Volatility & Risk

SSE PLC/S has a beta of 0.78, indicating that its stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kenon has a beta of 1.42, indicating that its stock price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares SSE PLC/S and Kenon’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SSE PLC/S N/A N/A N/A
Kenon -14.58% -10.45% -5.06%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for SSE PLC/S and Kenon, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SSE PLC/S 0 6 1 0 2.14
Kenon 0 0 0 0 N/A

Dividends

SSE PLC/S pays an annual dividend of $1.66 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.9%. Kenon pays an annual dividend of $1.21 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.8%. SSE PLC/S pays out 190.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

SSE PLC/S beats Kenon on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

SSE PLC/S Company Profile

SSE plc engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and supply of electricity. The company operates through three segments: Wholesale, Networks, and Retail. It generates electricity from gas, oil, coal, water, and wind. The company transmits and distributes electricity to approximately 3.7 million homes and businesses across the north of the central belt of Scotland and also central southern England; owns and maintains 132 kilovolts (KV), 275kV, and 400kV electricity transmission network; and manages 130,000 kilometers of overhead lines and underground cables, 106,000 substations, and approximately 100 subsea cables. It also produces, stores, distributes, and supplies gas; and offers other energy-related services. In addition, it engages in electricity and utility contracting, telecommunications, energy trading, insurance, and property holding businesses, as well as provision of corporate and maintenance services. The company was formerly known as Scottish and Southern Energy plc and changed its name to SSE plc in September 2011. SSE plc was incorporated in 1989 and is based in Perth, the United Kingdom.

Kenon Company Profile

Kenon Holdings Ltd., through its subsidiaries, owns, develops, and operates power generation facilities in Israel. It operates through OPC, Qoros, and Other segments. The company's power generation plants operate on natural gas and diesel. It also designs, manufactures, sells, and services passenger vehicles, parts, and accessories through a network of independent authorized retail dealers in China. As of December 31, 2017, the company's Qoros' dealerships included 113 point of sales facilities. In addition, Kenon Holdings Ltd., through its 32% equity interest in ZIM Integrated Shipping Services, Ltd., owned and chartered vessels with a total container capacity of 385,974 TEUs. Further, it develops and owns a proprietary natural gas-to-liquid technology process. The company was incorporated in 2014 and is based in Singapore.

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