Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, South American electricity giant Enersis (NYSE: ENI) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Enersis' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Enersis facts

Headquarters (founded)

Santiago, Chile (1889)

Market Cap

$15.7 billion


Electric utilities

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$12.82 billion


CEO Ignacio Alvear (since 2006)

CFO Alfredo Segal (since 2003)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)



$1.55 billion / $7.65 billion

Dividend Yield




Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 99% of the 288 members who have rated Enersis believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include 2win2 and All-Star Staka, who is ranked in the top 2% of our community.

A couple of months ago , 2win2 tapped Enersis as a particularly strong selection: "[S]trong company, strong sector, strong countries, BRAZIL & CHILE."

Enersis' exposure to highly regulated, fast-growing South American markets, diversified mix of assets, and low-cost edge support its five-star CAPS rating. Enersis even sports a higher three-year average return on capital (10.5%) than listed rivals AES (7.4%) and Duke (4.5%), as well as other utility plays like American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) (5.9%), Constellation Energy (NYSE: CEG) (5.4%), and Progress Energy (NYSE: PGN) (5.5%).

CAPS All-Star Staka weighs Enersis' pros and cons:

- Big, defensive, good dividend.
- Good diversification over multiple industries.
- Strong growth over past 5 years.
- Chile is one of the more stable South American countries.

- No longer cheap.
- Chart a little bit extended.

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