IDACORP (NYSE:IDA) and EDP-Energias de Portugal, S.A (OTCMKTS:EDPFY) are both utilities companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, earnings and dividends.

Volatility and Risk

IDACORP has a beta of 0.39, suggesting that its stock price is 61% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, EDP-Energias de Portugal, S.A has a beta of 0.58, suggesting that its stock price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares IDACORP and EDP-Energias de Portugal, S.A’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
IDACORP $1.37 billion 3.61 $226.80 million $4.49 21.84
EDP-Energias de Portugal, S.A $17.79 billion N/A $1.26 billion N/A N/A

EDP-Energias de Portugal, S.A has higher revenue and earnings than IDACORP.


IDACORP pays an annual dividend of $2.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. EDP-Energias de Portugal, S.A pays an annual dividend of $1.45 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. IDACORP pays out 56.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. IDACORP has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.


This table compares IDACORP and EDP-Energias de Portugal, S.A’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
IDACORP 16.55% 9.75% 3.61%
EDP-Energias de Portugal, S.A 1.76% 2.10% 0.67%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

76.7% of IDACORP shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of IDACORP shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for IDACORP and EDP-Energias de Portugal, S.A, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IDACORP 1 1 0 0 1.50
EDP-Energias de Portugal, S.A 0 1 0 0 2.00

IDACORP presently has a consensus target price of $88.00, suggesting a potential downside of 10.24%. Given IDACORP’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe IDACORP is more favorable than EDP-Energias de Portugal, S.A.


IDACORP, Inc., through its subsidiary, Idaho Power Company, engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, purchase, and sale of electric energy in the United States. The company operates 17 hydroelectric generating plants located in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon; 3 natural gas-fired plants in southern Idaho; and interests in 3 coal-fired steam electric generating plants located in Wyoming, Nevada, and Oregon. As of December 31, 2018, it also had approximately 4,816 pole-miles of high-voltage transmission lines; 24 step-up transmission substations located at power plants; 21 transmission substations; 9 switching stations; 32 mixed-use transmission and distribution substations; 183 energized distribution substations; and 27,569 pole-miles of distribution lines, as well as provides electric utility services to approximately 558,000 retail customers in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon. The company's principal commercial and industrial customers are involved in food processing, electronics and general manufacturing, agriculture, health care, and winter recreation activities. IDACORP, Inc., through its other subsidiaries, invests in housing and other real estate investments. The company was founded in 1915 and is headquartered in Boise, Idaho.

About EDP-Energias de Portugal, S.A

EDP – Energias de Portugal, S.A. generates, distributes, and supplies electricity in Portugal, Spain, France, Poland, Romania, Brazil, and the United States. It operates through Generation and Supply in Iberia, Regulated Networks in Iberia, EDP Renov├íveis, and EDP Brasil segments. The company primarily generates electricity through hydro, CCGT, coal, mini-hydro, wind, solar, nuclear, and cogeneration sources. It also distributes and supplies gas. The company has an installed capacity of 27 GW; and serves 9,848,384 electricity customers and 1,595,347 gas customers. It also operates 285,121 kilometers of distribution overhead lines; and 54,056 kilometers of distribution underground lines. In addition, the company offers engineering, laboratory tests, professional training, energy, and property management services. EDP – Energias de Portugal, S.A. was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Lisbon, Portugal.

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