Centrica (OTCMKTS: CPYYY) is one of 69 publicly-traded companies in the “Electric services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Centrica to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability and dividends.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Centrica and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.
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As a group, “Electric services” companies have a potential upside of 9.38%. Given Centrica’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Centrica has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.
Centrica pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.3%. 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 3.8% and pay out 70.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.
Volatility and Risk
Centrica has a beta of 0.56, suggesting that its stock price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Centrica’s peers have a beta of 0.03, suggesting that their average stock price is 97% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Institutional and Insider 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 insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Centrica and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
Centrica has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its peers. Centrica is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.
This table compares Centrica and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Centrica peers beat Centrica on 9 of the 14 factors compared.
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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