E.ON SE Sponsored ADR (Germany) (EONGY) versus Alliant Energy (LNT) Financial Comparison

E.ON SE Sponsored ADR (Germany) (OTCMKTS:EONGY) and Alliant Energy (NYSE:LNT) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, risk and dividends.

Dividends

E.ON SE Sponsored ADR (Germany) pays an annual dividend of $0.26 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Alliant Energy pays an annual dividend of $1.34 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. E.ON SE Sponsored ADR (Germany) pays out 34.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Alliant Energy pays out 69.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Alliant Energy has increased its dividend for 12 consecutive years. Alliant Energy is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Risk and Volatility

E.ON SE Sponsored ADR (Germany) has a beta of 1.14, meaning that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Alliant Energy has a beta of 0.23, meaning that its share price is 77% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for E.ON SE Sponsored ADR (Germany) and Alliant Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
E.ON SE Sponsored ADR (Germany) 0 3 0 0 2.00
Alliant Energy 1 5 0 0 1.83

Alliant Energy has a consensus target price of $44.80, indicating a potential upside of 2.73%. Given Alliant Energy’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Alliant Energy is more favorable than E.ON SE Sponsored ADR (Germany).

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares E.ON SE Sponsored ADR (Germany) and Alliant Energy’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
E.ON SE Sponsored ADR (Germany) $42.89 billion 0.45 $4.44 billion $0.75 13.29
Alliant Energy $3.38 billion 3.01 $467.50 million $1.93 22.60

E.ON SE Sponsored ADR (Germany) has higher revenue and earnings than Alliant Energy. E.ON SE Sponsored ADR (Germany) is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Alliant Energy, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares E.ON SE Sponsored ADR (Germany) and Alliant Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
E.ON SE Sponsored ADR (Germany) 7.88% 22.69% 2.93%
Alliant Energy 14.14% 11.35% 3.36%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.2% of E.ON SE Sponsored ADR (Germany) shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.9% of Alliant Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.3% of Alliant Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Alliant Energy beats E.ON SE Sponsored ADR (Germany) on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About E.ON SE Sponsored ADR (Germany)

E.ON SE operates as an energy company in Germany, the United Kingdom, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Sweden, the United States, Poland, Italy, Denmark, and internationally. It operates through three segments: Energy Networks, Customer Solutions, and Renewables. The company provides power and gas distribution networks and related services; and distributes energy solutions to residential customers, small and medium sized enterprises, large commercial and industrial customers, and public entities. It also plans, builds, operates, and manages renewable generation assets, including onshore wind/solar and offshore wind/others. In addition, the company offers energy consulting, efficiency, generation, and management solutions; heat pumping and energy storage solutions; charging infrastructure facility for e-mobility; metering services; e-mobility services for communities; and natural gas mobility solutions for municipalities and vehicle fleets, as well as operates combined heat and power, renewable, and bio-methane plants. Further, it provides SmartSim, a digital solution for gas grids; gas quality tracking solutions; GasPro, a mobile gas sample collector; and GasCalc, a softwarethat calculates natural gases, LNG, and biogases properties, as well as solar panels and batteries. The company serves 21.1 million customers with power, gas, heat, and energy solutions. Its generating capacity consists of 4,176 megawatts. The company has a strategic partnership with Nissan to explore opportunities on pilot activities and commercial offers related to electric vehicles charging, vehicle-to-grid services, and grid integration, as well as decentralized energy generation and storage solutions. E.ON SE was founded in 1923 and is based in Essen, Germany.

About Alliant Energy

Alliant Energy Corporation operates as a utility holding company that provides regulated electricity and natural gas services in the Midwest region of the United States. It operates through three segments: Electric, Gas, and Other. The company, through its subsidiary, Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), primarily generates and distributes electricity, and distributes and transports natural gas to retail customers in Iowa; sells electricity to wholesale customers in Minnesota, Illinois, and Iowa; and generates and distributes steam in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Alliant Energy Corporation, through its subsidiary, Wisconsin Power and Light Company (WPL), generates and distributes electricity, and distributes and transports natural gas to retail customers in Wisconsin; and sells electricity to wholesale customers in Wisconsin. As of December 31, 2017, IPL supplied electricity to 490,000 retail customers and natural gas to 220,000 retail customers; and WPL supplied electricity to 470,000 retail customers and natural gas to 190,000 retail customers. It offers electric utility services to retail customers in the farming, agriculture, industrial manufacturing, chemical, and paper industries. In addition, the company holds investments in various businesses, which provide freight services through a short-line railway between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, Iowa; a barge terminal and hauling services on the Mississippi River; and other transfer and storage services. Further, it owns a non-regulated 347 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired electric generating unit near Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin; and a non-regulated 99 MW Franklin County wind farm located in Franklin County, Iowa. Alliant Energy Corporation was founded in 1917 and is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin.

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