8Point3 Energy Partners (CAFD) vs. Cent PUERTO S A/S (CEPU) Critical Review

8Point3 Energy Partners (NASDAQ:CAFD) and Cent PUERTO S A/S (NYSE:CEPU) are both small-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability and valuation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares 8Point3 Energy Partners and Cent PUERTO S A/S’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
8Point3 Energy Partners $70.08 million 14.02 $11.40 million N/A N/A
Cent PUERTO S A/S $361.03 million 4.38 $211.87 million $1.41 7.41

Cent PUERTO S A/S has higher revenue and earnings than 8Point3 Energy Partners.

Profitability

This table compares 8Point3 Energy Partners and Cent PUERTO S A/S’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
8Point3 Energy Partners 28.84% 1.96% 1.01%
Cent PUERTO S A/S N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for 8Point3 Energy Partners and Cent PUERTO S A/S, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
8Point3 Energy Partners 0 7 0 0 2.00
Cent PUERTO S A/S 0 0 3 0 3.00

8Point3 Energy Partners presently has a consensus target price of $12.50, suggesting a potential upside of 0.64%. Cent PUERTO S A/S has a consensus target price of $20.00, suggesting a potential upside of 91.39%. Given Cent PUERTO S A/S’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Cent PUERTO S A/S is more favorable than 8Point3 Energy Partners.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

12.7% of 8Point3 Energy Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 5.4% of Cent PUERTO S A/S shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

8Point3 Energy Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.0%. Cent PUERTO S A/S pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Cent PUERTO S A/S pays out 19.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. 8Point3 Energy Partners has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years. 8Point3 Energy Partners is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Summary

8Point3 Energy Partners beats Cent PUERTO S A/S on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About 8Point3 Energy Partners

8point3 Energy Partners LP, together with its subsidiaries, acquires, owns, and operates solar energy generation projects in the United States. It owns interests in 10 utility-scale solar energy projects; and 4 commercial and industrial solar energy projects, as well as a portfolio of residential DG solar assets. As of November 30, 2017, its portfolio consisted of interests in 946 megawatt of solar energy projects. 8point3 General Partner, LLC serves as the general partner of the company. The company was founded in 2015 and is based in San Jose, California.

About Cent PUERTO S A/S

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.

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