Analyzing Cent PUERTO S AS (CEPU) and Its Rivals

Cent PUERTO S AS (NYSE: CEPU) is one of 70 publicly-traded companies in the “Electric services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Cent PUERTO S AS to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Cent PUERTO S AS pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Cent PUERTO S AS pays out 19.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Electric services” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.6% and pay out 71.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Cent PUERTO S AS and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cent PUERTO S AS 0 0 3 0 3.00
Cent PUERTO S AS Competitors 541 2668 2246 69 2.33

Cent PUERTO S AS currently has a consensus price target of $20.00, indicating a potential upside of 115.98%. As a group, “Electric services” companies have a potential upside of 7.60%. Given Cent PUERTO S AS’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Cent PUERTO S AS is more favorable than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Cent PUERTO S AS and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cent PUERTO S AS N/A N/A N/A
Cent PUERTO S AS Competitors 8.11% 9.71% 2.53%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cent PUERTO S AS and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Cent PUERTO S AS $361.03 million $211.87 million 6.57
Cent PUERTO S AS Competitors $8.66 billion $483.39 million 12.09

Cent PUERTO S AS’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Cent PUERTO S AS. Cent PUERTO S AS is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

5.4% of Cent PUERTO S AS shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.7% of shares of all “Electric services” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.6% of shares of all “Electric services” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Cent PUERTO S AS competitors beat Cent PUERTO S AS on 10 of the 14 factors compared.

About Cent PUERTO S AS

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 produces steam. The company was founded in 1989 and is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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