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Duke Energy is one of the largest Electric and Gas utilities in the U.S serving about 7.7 million electric customers within the Southeast and Midwest. The company also provides Natural Gas via its Piedmont Natural Gas and Duke Ohio operations.NextEra Energy operates Florida Power and Light (FPL), the largest electric utility in the state of Florida and also has a non-regulated arm called NextEra Energy Resources (NEER) which is one of the world's largest producers of wind and solar energy. It is the largest U.S. utility company by market cap. In this analysis, we compare how Duke Energy and NextEra compare in terms of key metrics, including Revenues, Customers, Generation Capacity, margins, total debt, and valuation.
#3 Total Customers: Duke has a larger number of customers compared to NextEra's FPL utilityDuke Energy has over 7.7 million customers, compared to about 5 million for FPL
Duke No. of Customers
NextEra FPL Customers
#4 Margins And EarningsDuke Energy's Operating margins have been trending lower and are likely to stand at about 20%, while NextEra's margins are higher and are projected to stand at levels of ~30%. This is likely due to NextEra's Renewable energy assets and its focus on the fast growing and population dense South Florida area.
Duke's Operating Income Margin
NextEra Operating Margins
#6 Total Debt: Duke Energy's Total Debt stood at $58 billion in 2018, compared to about $38 billion for NextEra
Duke Energy Total Debt
NextEra Energy Total Debt
#7 Valuation: Duke Energy trades At 19x 2020 EPS, while NextEra trades at 27x 2020 EPSDuke Energy's market price of about $90 per share implies that it trades at 18.5x its projected 2020 earnings. In comparison, NextEra's market price of about $245 implies a P/E multiple of about 27x based on 2020 earnings. NextEra's higher multiple is due to its stronger revenue growth and margins and lower debt load, which likely reduces its risks.
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