Financial Comparison: Pampa Energia (PAM) versus Its Peers

Pampa Energia (NYSE: PAM) is one of 85 publicly-traded companies in the “Electric Utilities” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Pampa Energia to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Volatility and Risk

Pampa Energia has a beta of 1.19, suggesting that its stock price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pampa Energia’s peers have a beta of 0.65, suggesting that their average stock price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

44.1% of Pampa Energia shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.5% of shares of all “Electric Utilities” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.7% of shares of all “Electric Utilities” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Pampa Energia and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pampa Energia 3.37% 11.62% 2.17%
Pampa Energia Competitors -10.61% 3.69% 0.60%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Pampa Energia and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pampa Energia 0 1 1 0 2.50
Pampa Energia Competitors 545 2997 2405 41 2.32

Pampa Energia currently has a consensus price target of $72.00, indicating a potential upside of 12.82%. As a group, “Electric Utilities” companies have a potential upside of 6.76%. Given Pampa Energia’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Pampa Energia is more favorable than its peers.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Pampa Energia and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Pampa Energia $2.13 billion -$740,000.00 44.32
Pampa Energia Competitors $7.66 billion $831.80 million 49.20

Pampa Energia’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Pampa Energia. Pampa Energia is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Pampa Energia beats its peers on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

Pampa Energia Company Profile

Pampa Energia S.A. is an integrated electricity company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in Argentina. Its segments include generation, transmission, distribution, oil and gas, and holding and others. Its generation segment includes a direct and indirect equity interest in Central Piedra Buena S.A., Central Termica Guemes S.A., Central Termica Loma de la Lata S.A. and Pampa Comercializadora S.A, among others, and investments in companies in the electricity generation sector. Its transmission segment includes an indirect equity interest through Compania Inversora en Transmision Electrica Citelec S.A. Its distribution segment includes an indirect equity interest in Electricidad Argentina S.A. and Empresa Distribuidora y Comercializadora Norte S.A. Its Oil and gas segment includes a direct interest in Petrolera Pampa S.A. Its holding and others segment includes financial investment operations, among others.

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