Contrasting CENT PUERTO S A/S (NYSE:CEPU) and PPL (NYSE:PPL)

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CENT PUERTO S A/S (NYSE:CEPU) and PPL (NYSE:PPL) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Volatility & Risk

CENT PUERTO S A/S has a beta of 0.63, suggesting that its stock price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PPL has a beta of 0.54, suggesting that its stock price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares CENT PUERTO S A/S and PPL’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CENT PUERTO S A/S $506.42 million 2.90 $621.95 million $4.07 2.38
PPL $7.79 billion 2.81 $1.83 billion $2.40 12.65

PPL has higher revenue and earnings than CENT PUERTO S A/S. CENT PUERTO S A/S is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than PPL, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares CENT PUERTO S A/S and PPL’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CENT PUERTO S A/S 47.31% 30.42% 16.89%
PPL 23.79% 14.52% 3.91%

Dividends

PPL pays an annual dividend of $1.65 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.4%. CENT PUERTO S A/S does not pay a dividend. PPL pays out 68.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. PPL has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for CENT PUERTO S A/S and PPL, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CENT PUERTO S A/S 0 0 1 0 3.00
PPL 1 9 2 0 2.08

CENT PUERTO S A/S presently has a consensus price target of $20.00, suggesting a potential upside of 106.19%. PPL has a consensus price target of $34.11, suggesting a potential upside of 12.39%. Given CENT PUERTO S A/S’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe CENT PUERTO S A/S is more favorable than PPL.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

7.0% of CENT PUERTO S A/S shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 72.9% of PPL shares are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of PPL shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

CENT PUERTO S A/S beats PPL on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

CENT PUERTO S A/S 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 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.

PPL Company Profile

PPL Corporation, a utility holding company, delivers electricity and natural gas in the United States and the United Kingdom. The company operates through three segments: U.K. Regulated, Kentucky Regulated, and Pennsylvania Regulated. It serves approximately 414,000 electric and 328,000 natural gas customers in Louisville and adjacent areas in Kentucky; 527,000 electric customers in central, southeastern, and western Kentucky; and 28,000 electric customers in 5 counties in southwestern Virginia. The company also provides electric delivery services to approximately 1.4 million customers in Pennsylvania; operates electricity distribution networks in the United Kingdom; generates electricity from coal, gas, hydro, and solar sources in Kentucky; and sells wholesale electricity to 10 municipalities in Kentucky. PPL Corporation was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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