Financial Contrast: CENT PUERTO S A/S (NYSE:CEPU) & El Paso Electric (NYSE:EE)

CENT PUERTO S A/S (NYSE:CEPU) and El Paso Electric (NYSE:EE) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

7.9% of CENT PUERTO S A/S shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.6% of El Paso Electric shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of El Paso Electric shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for CENT PUERTO S A/S and El Paso Electric, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CENT PUERTO S A/S 1 2 0 0 1.67
El Paso Electric 0 3 0 0 2.00

CENT PUERTO S A/S currently has a consensus price target of $7.50, indicating a potential upside of 136.59%. El Paso Electric has a consensus price target of $55.33, indicating a potential downside of 17.10%. Given CENT PUERTO S A/S’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe CENT PUERTO S A/S is more favorable than El Paso Electric.

Dividends

El Paso Electric pays an annual dividend of $1.54 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. CENT PUERTO S A/S does not pay a dividend. El Paso Electric pays out 66.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

CENT PUERTO S A/S has a beta of 1.15, suggesting that its share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, El Paso Electric has a beta of 0.53, suggesting that its share price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares CENT PUERTO S A/S and El Paso Electric’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CENT PUERTO S A/S $506.42 million 0.95 $621.95 million $4.07 0.78
El Paso Electric $903.60 million 3.01 $84.32 million $2.33 28.65

CENT PUERTO S A/S has higher earnings, but lower revenue than El Paso Electric. CENT PUERTO S A/S is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than El Paso Electric, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares CENT PUERTO S A/S and El Paso Electric’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CENT PUERTO S A/S 3.88% 3.06% 1.65%
El Paso Electric 10.99% 7.85% 2.48%

Summary

El Paso Electric beats CENT PUERTO S A/S on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

CENT PUERTO S A/S Company Profile

Central Puerto S.A. generates and sells electric power to private and public customers in Argentina. As of December 31, 2017, the company owned and operated five thermal generation plants and one hydroelectric generation plant with an installed capacity of 3,663 MW. It also operates a wind farm Achiras I with an installed capacity of 48 megawatts, as well as produces steam. The company was founded in 1989 and is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

El Paso Electric Company Profile

El Paso Electric Co. engages in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity in West Texas and southern New Mexico. Its energy sources consist of nuclear fuel, natural gas, coal, wind turbines, and purchased power. The company’s electrical generating facilities include Palo Verde Station, Newman Power Station, Rio Grande Power Station, Four Corners Station, Copper Power Station, and Wind Ranch. It serves residential, commercial, industrial, public authority and wholesale customers in El Paso, Texas and Las Cruces, New Mexico. The company was founded on August 30, 1901 and is headquartered in El Paso, TX.

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