Currently, Dominion Resources (D) is trading at an EV-to-EBITDA (enterprise value to earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) multiple of 15.4x. Dominion Resources’s five-year historical EV-to-EBITDA average stands near 14x. US utilities’ (XLU) industry average is at 10.5x.
Dominion Resources appears to be trading at a premium compared to its historical average valuation and the industry average.
An EV-to-EBITDA ratio gives a comparative idea of a company’s valuation, regardless of its capital structure. EV is the combination of a company’s market capitalization and debt minus its cash holdings.
Currently, Duke Energy (DUK) and Southern Company (SO) are trading at valuation multiples of 10.2x and 12.0x, respectively. In comparison, renewables giant NextEra Energy (NEE) is trading at a multiple of 12.0x.
Among the large-cap electric utilities, Duke Energy appears to be the only utility that’s trading at a relatively fair valuation.
US utilities (XLU) appear to be trading at premiums based on PE (price-to-earnings) multiples. Dominion Resource’s PE multiple is beyond 21x. Historically, utilities have traded at a PE multiple of around 15x–16x. Currently, they’re above 20x. Duke Energy and Southern Company are trading at PE multiples near 20x.
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