Iberdrola (OTCMKTS:IBDRY) and ATLAS COPCO AB/S (OTCMKTS:ATLKY) are both large-cap utilities companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.


Iberdrola pays an annual dividend of $1.39 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. ATLAS COPCO AB/S pays an annual dividend of $0.27 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. ATLAS COPCO AB/S pays out 17.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.2% of Iberdrola shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.2% of ATLAS COPCO AB/S shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Iberdrola and ATLAS COPCO AB/S, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Iberdrola 0 4 2 0 2.33
ATLAS COPCO AB/S 0 3 1 0 2.25

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Iberdrola and ATLAS COPCO AB/S’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Iberdrola $41.21 billion 1.58 $3.56 billion N/A N/A
ATLAS COPCO AB/S $10.98 billion 2.16 $12.22 billion $1.55 18.27

ATLAS COPCO AB/S has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Iberdrola.

Volatility and Risk

Iberdrola has a beta of 0.33, indicating that its share price is 67% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ATLAS COPCO AB/S has a beta of 1.24, indicating that its share price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Iberdrola and ATLAS COPCO AB/S’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Iberdrola 9.61% 7.76% 2.99%
ATLAS COPCO AB/S 16.98% 38.87% 17.00%


ATLAS COPCO AB/S beats Iberdrola on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Iberdrola

Iberdrola, S.A., through its subsidiaries, engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, sale, and retail of electricity in Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom, North America, the United Sates, Brazil, and internationally. It operates through Network Business, Deregulated Business, Renewable Business, and Other Businesses segments. The company generates electricity through hydroelectric, nuclear, coal, gas combined cycle, and cogeneration facilities; and electricity from onshore and offshore wind, mini-hydro, solar thermal, photovoltaic, biomass, etc. It also stores, trades in, and retails natural gas. In addition, the company provides engineering and construction services for power generation facilities; and sells and rents housing, offices, and commercials. Further, it engages in services, data management, general networking, asset management, marketing, telecommunications, real estate, material merchandising, purchase agency, finance, insurance, and other businesses. The company is headquartered in Bilbao, Spain.


Atlas Copco AB, through its subsidiaries, provides productivity solutions worldwide. It offers piston compressors, oil-free tooth and scroll compressors, rotary screw compressors, oil-free blowers, oil-free centrifugal compressors, gas and process compressors, air and gas treatment equipment, and medical air solutions for use in manufacturing, oil and gas, and process industries. The company also provides pneumatic and hydraulic assembly tools, electric assembly tools, control systems and associated software packages, dispensing equipment for adhesives and sealants, and self-pierce riveting tools and rivets for the motor vehicle industry; basic fastening tools, drills, and grinders; and impact wrenches, percussive tools, drills, sanders, and grinders for vehicle service professionals. In addition, it offers portable compressors, boosters, generators, lighting towers, pumps, and construction and demolition tools for civil engineering, construction, and demolition applications, as well as offers specialty rental services. The company was founded in 1873 and is headquartered in Nacka, Sweden.

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