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 peers? We will compare Cent PUERTO S AS to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Cent PUERTO S AS and its peers’ 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%

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Cent PUERTO S AS $361.03 million $211.87 million 6.57
Cent PUERTO S AS Competitors $8.66 billion $483.39 million 12.09

Cent PUERTO S AS’s peers 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 peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

Cent PUERTO S AS pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. 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 3.6% and pay out 71.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Cent PUERTO S AS and its peers, as provided 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 541 2668 2246 69 2.33

Cent PUERTO S AS currently has a consensus target price of $20.00, suggesting a potential upside of 115.98%. As a group, “Electric services” companies have a potential upside of 7.60%. Given Cent PUERTO S AS’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Cent PUERTO S AS is more favorable than its peers.

Institutional and Insider 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 company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Cent PUERTO S AS peers 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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