Ameren Corporation (AEE) and The Competition Critical Survey
Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE) is one of 21 publicly-traded companies in the “Multiline Utilities” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Ameren Corporation to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, risk, earnings, institutional ownership and valuation.
Volatility & Risk
Ameren Corporation has a beta of 0.36, meaning that its share price is 64% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ameren Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 0.61, meaning that their average share price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
69.8% of Ameren Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.2% of shares of all “Multiline Utilities” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Ameren Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.1% of shares of all “Multiline Utilities” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Ameren Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Ameren Corporation pays out 61.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Multiline Utilities” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.1% and pay out 71.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Ameren Corporation has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.
This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Ameren Corporation and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Ameren Corporation Competitors||362||1065||833||9||2.22|
Ameren Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $55.33, indicating a potential downside of 4.33%. As a group, “Multiline Utilities” companies have a potential upside of 7.76%. Given Ameren Corporation’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Ameren Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Ameren Corporation and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||EBITDA||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Ameren Corporation||$6.06 billion||$2.44 billion||20.22|
|Ameren Corporation Competitors||$8.16 billion||$2.17 billion||20.50|
Ameren Corporation’s rivals have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Ameren Corporation. Ameren Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.
This table compares Ameren Corporation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Ameren Corporation Competitors||8.68%||8.64%||1.99%|
Ameren Corporation rivals beat Ameren Corporation on 9 of the 15 factors compared.
About Ameren Corporation
Ameren Corporation is a utility holding company. The Company’s subsidiaries include Ameren Missouri, Ameren Illinois and Ameren Transmission Company (ATXI). It operates through four segments. The Ameren Missouri segment includes all of the operations of Ameren Missouri. The Ameren Illinois Electric Distribution segment consists of the electric distribution business of Ameren Illinois. The Ameren Illinois Natural Gas segment consists of the natural gas business of Ameren Illinois. The ATXI segment consists of the aggregated electric transmission businesses of Ameren Illinois and ATXI. Ameren Missouri operates a rate-regulated electric generation, transmission, and distribution business and a rate-regulated natural gas distribution business in Missouri. Ameren Illinois operates rate-regulated electric distribution, electric transmission and natural gas distribution businesses in Illinois. ATXI operates a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rate-regulated electric transmission business.
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