Zacks: CENT PUERTO S A/S (NYSE:CEPU) Given $17.67 Consensus Target Price by Brokerages

CENT PUERTO S A/S (NYSE:CEPU) has received an average broker rating score of 1.00 (Strong Buy) from the three brokers that provide coverage for the stock, Zacks Investment Research reports. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a strong buy recommendation.

Analysts have set a 1 year consensus price target of $17.67 for the company and are forecasting that the company will post $0.75 earnings per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also given CENT PUERTO S A/S an industry rank of 200 out of 256 based on the ratings given to its competitors.

A number of research firms recently issued reports on CEPU. ValuEngine raised CENT PUERTO S A/S from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 9th. Zacks Investment Research raised CENT PUERTO S A/S from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, May 3rd.

A number of hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of CEPU. Deltec Asset Management LLC purchased a new stake in CENT PUERTO S A/S in the 1st quarter valued at approximately $101,000. Alpine Global Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of CENT PUERTO S A/S during the 1st quarter worth $152,000. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC purchased a new position in shares of CENT PUERTO S A/S during the 1st quarter worth $157,000. Fort Sheridan Advisors LLC lifted its stake in shares of CENT PUERTO S A/S by 75.8% during the 1st quarter. Fort Sheridan Advisors LLC now owns 24,377 shares of the company’s stock worth $224,000 after purchasing an additional 10,511 shares during the period. Finally, Susquehanna Fundamental Investments LLC lifted its stake in shares of CENT PUERTO S A/S by 51.0% during the 4th quarter. Susquehanna Fundamental Investments LLC now owns 43,514 shares of the company’s stock worth $400,000 after purchasing an additional 14,700 shares during the period. 7.55% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

CEPU opened at $8.06 on Thursday. CENT PUERTO S A/S has a 12 month low of $7.01 and a 12 month high of $15.91. The company has a quick ratio of 1.15, a current ratio of 1.17 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.18. The firm has a market cap of $1.22 billion, a P/E ratio of 1.98 and a beta of 0.34.

CENT PUERTO S A/S (NYSE:CEPU) last posted its earnings results on Monday, May 13th. The company reported $0.21 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.34 by ($0.13). CENT PUERTO S A/S had a net margin of 47.31% and a return on equity of 30.42%. The company had revenue of $160.31 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $89.90 million. As a group, research analysts forecast that CENT PUERTO S A/S will post 2.05 EPS for the current fiscal year.

CENT PUERTO S A/S Company Profile

Central Puerto SA 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.

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