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Reading SCANA Stock’s Key Indicators: Recent Changes

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Analyzing SCANA’s Valuation, Dividends, and More

SCANA’s snags

SCANA Corporation (SCG) is grappling with a criminal investigation surrounding recent rate hikes. These rate hikes were part of a rate recovery initiative for its half-constructed—and now-abandoned—V.C. Summer nuclear power plant.

SCANA abandoned the construction of this nuclear power plant in July 2017 when the project’s cost exceeded $20 billion after Westinghouse’s bankruptcy. For a detailed account of SCANA’s power plant woes, please read SCANA Stock Has Fallen 33% in 2017: What’s Next?

Analyzing SCANA’s Valuation, Dividends, and More

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Valuations

The vertical drop of SCANA (SCG) stock has made it look attractive relative to its peers. SCG is currently trading at an EV-to-EBITDA1 valuation of 9.5x compared to the utilities’ average of 11.0x.

SCANA’s five-year historical average valuation is ~10.0x. Consequently, SCANA seems to be trading at a fair discount compared to its historical average and industry average.

SCANA’s huge fall in the last few months might have resulted in its discounted valuation. However, investors could overlook the comparatively cheaper valuation due to concerns about its abandoned power plant and current weakness.

Among SCANA’s peers, NextEra Energy (NEE) is trading at a valuation multiple of 13.0x, and Duke Energy (DUK) is trading at ~12.0x. Southern Company (SO) stock is trading at an EV-to-EBITDA valuation ratio near 11.0x.

Dividends

SCANA is currently trading at a dividend yield of 5.0%, substantially higher than the industry average (XLU) of 3.5%. Its five-year historical average dividend yield is ~3.7%. SCANA’s stock correction could be the main driver behind its revitalized dividend yield.

For more information about dividend profiles in this industry, please read The Top Utilities by Dividend: NEE, DUK, SO, and D.

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