Financial Analysis: Cent PUERTO S AS (CEPU) & Its Competitors

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

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%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent 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 536 2651 2223 69 2.33

Cent PUERTO S AS currently has a consensus target price of $20.00, indicating a potential upside of 118.58%. As a group, “Electric services” companies have a potential upside of 5.88%. 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 3.7% and pay out 74.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & 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 6.49
Cent PUERTO S AS Competitors $8.66 billion $483.39 million 12.31

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.

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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