OGE Energy (NYSE:OGE) versus COMPANHIA PARAN/S (NYSE:ELPVY) Critical Review

OGE Energy (NYSE:OGE) and COMPANHIA PARAN/S (OTCMKTS:ELPVY) are both mid-cap utilities companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and earnings.

Volatility & Risk

OGE Energy has a beta of 0.47, suggesting that its stock price is 53% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, COMPANHIA PARAN/S has a beta of 0.28, suggesting that its stock price is 72% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

65.6% of OGE Energy shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of OGE Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

OGE Energy pays an annual dividend of $1.55 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.7%. COMPANHIA PARAN/S pays an annual dividend of $0.09 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. OGE Energy pays out 73.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares OGE Energy and COMPANHIA PARAN/S’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
OGE Energy 19.94% 11.20% 4.17%
COMPANHIA PARAN/S 11.57% 10.40% 4.88%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for OGE Energy and COMPANHIA PARAN/S, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
OGE Energy 1 5 1 0 2.00
COMPANHIA PARAN/S 0 0 0 0 N/A

OGE Energy presently has a consensus price target of $42.60, suggesting a potential upside of 1.16%. Given OGE Energy’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe OGE Energy is more favorable than COMPANHIA PARAN/S.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares OGE Energy and COMPANHIA PARAN/S’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
OGE Energy $2.27 billion 3.71 $425.50 million $2.12 19.86
COMPANHIA PARAN/S $3.92 billion 1.07 $384.97 million N/A N/A

OGE Energy has higher earnings, but lower revenue than COMPANHIA PARAN/S.

Summary

OGE Energy beats COMPANHIA PARAN/S on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About OGE Energy

OGE Energy Corp., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an energy and energy services provider that provides physical delivery and related services for electricity and natural gas primarily in the south central United States. It operates in two segments, Electric Utility and Natural Gas Midstream Operations. The Electric Utility segment generates, transmits, distributes, and sells electric energy. This segment furnishes retail electric service in 267 communities and their contiguous rural and suburban areas; and owns and operates coal-fired, natural gas-fired, wind-powered, and solar-powered generating assets. Its service area covers 30,000 square miles in Oklahoma and western Arkansas, including Oklahoma City in Oklahoma; and Fort Smith, Arkansas. The Natural Gas Midstream Operations segment engages in gathering, processing, transporting, and storing natural gas; and the provision of crude oil gathering services, and interstate and intrastate natural gas pipeline transportation and storage services primarily to its producer, power plant, local distribution company, and industrial end-user customers. As of December 31, 2018, the company owned and operated interconnected electric generation, transmission, and distribution systems, including 11 generating stations with an aggregate capability of 6,616 megawatts; and transmission systems comprising 52 substations and 5,100 structure miles of lines in Oklahoma, and 7 substations and 277 structure miles of lines in Arkansas. Its distribution systems include 345 substations; 29,345 structure miles of overhead lines; 2,940 miles of underground conduit; and 10,932 miles of underground conductors in Oklahoma, as well as 30 substations, 2,786 structure miles of overhead lines, 297 miles of underground conduit, and 685 miles of underground conductors in Arkansas. The company was founded in 1902 and is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

About COMPANHIA PARAN/S

Companhia Paranaense de Energia – COPEL engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity to industrial, residential, commercial, rural, and other customers primarily in the State of Paraná, Brazil. As of December 31, 2017, the company operated 17 hydroelectric plants, 12 wind plants, and 1 thermoelectric plant with a total installed capacity of 5,024.0 megawatts; and owned and operated 2,698.3 kilometers of transmission lines and 196,951.2 kilometers of distribution lines. It holds concessions to distribute electricity in 394 municipalities in the State of Paraná and in the municipality of Porto União in the State of Santa Catarina. The company also provides telecommunication services to corporate clients, including supermarkets, universities, banks, Internet service providers, and television networks, as well as to retail clients; and broadband Internet access to public elementary and middle schools. In addition, it supplies piped gas to 39,377 customers, including thermoelectric plants, cogeneration plants, gas stations, other businesses, and residences through a gas distribution network covering 812 kilometers in the State of Paraná. Companhia Paranaense de Energia – COPEL was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in Curitiba, Brazil.

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