Head-To-Head Contrast: Cent PUERTO S AS (CEPU) vs. Its Competitors

Cent PUERTO S AS (NYSE: CEPU) is one of 71 public companies in the “Electric services” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Cent PUERTO S AS to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, profitability, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and institutional ownership.

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 8.13% 9.61% 2.53%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

5.4% of Cent PUERTO S AS shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.5% of shares of all “Electric services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.5% of shares of all “Electric services” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Cent PUERTO S AS $361.03 million $211.87 million 6.45
Cent PUERTO S AS Competitors $8.55 billion $475.99 million 12.54

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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Cent PUERTO S AS and its competitors, as reported 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 547 2678 2252 70 2.33

Cent PUERTO S AS currently has a consensus price target of $20.00, indicating a potential upside of 120.02%. As a group, “Electric services” companies have a potential upside of 5.02%. Given Cent PUERTO S AS’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Cent PUERTO S AS is more favorable than its competitors.

Dividends

Cent PUERTO S AS pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. 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 3.5% and pay out 72.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

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

Cent PUERTO S AS Company Profile

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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