Contrasting Centrica (CPYYY) and Its Peers

Centrica (OTCMKTS: CPYYY) is one of 69 publicly-traded companies in the “Electric services” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Centrica to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, risk, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Centrica pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.4%. Centrica pays out 92.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Electric services” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.9% and pay out 70.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.



Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Centrica and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Centrica 2 3 2 0 2.00
Centrica Competitors 430 2342 2027 57 2.35

As a group, “Electric services” companies have a potential upside of 10.02%. Given Centrica’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Centrica has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Volatility and Risk

Centrica has a beta of 0.56, meaning that its share price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Centrica’s rivals have a beta of 0.03, meaning that their average share price is 97% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.1% of Centrica shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.6% of shares of all “Electric services” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.5% of shares of all “Electric services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Centrica and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Centrica N/A N/A N/A
Centrica Competitors -23.03% 4.40% -0.42%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Centrica and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Centrica $36.11 billion $429.17 million 12.39
Centrica Competitors $8.48 billion $470.03 million 10.65

Centrica has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its rivals. Centrica is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Centrica rivals beat Centrica on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Centrica

Centrica plc operates as an integrated energy company in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, North America, Norway, and internationally. The company operates through Energy Supply & Services?UK & Ireland, Energy Supply & Services?North America, Connected Home, Distributed Energy & Power, Energy Marketing & Trading, Exploration & Production, Central Power Generation, and Centrica Storage segments. It supplies gas and electricity to residential, business, and industrial customers, as well as provision of energy-related services; and engages in the power generation activities. The company also provides installation, repair, and maintenance services for domestic central heating, plumbing and drains, gas appliances, and kitchen appliances; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment; and water heaters and solar power generating equipment, as well as the provision of breakdown services. In addition, it engages in the procurement, trading, and optimization of energy; and supplies energy efficiency solutions and technologies to residential customers. Further, the company produces and processes gas and oil; and develops new fields to maintain reserves in Europe and North America. Additionally, it generates power from combined cycle gas turbines, wind, and nuclear assets; and is involved in gas storage activities. The company engages in vehicle leasing; insurance provision; group financing; operation of a franchise network; intermediary services, including claims handling and administration services; sea freight water transport; and social enterprise investment fund activities. It supplies energy and services to around 28 million customers under British Gas, Bord Gáis Energy, Centrica, Centrica Storage, Direct Energy, Dyno, and Hive brands. The company was formerly known as Yieldtop plc and changed its name to Centrica plc in December 1996. Centrica plc was incorporated in 1995 and is headquartered in Windsor, the United Kingdom.

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