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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

72.9% of PPL shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 7.0% of CENT PUERTO S A/S shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.3% of PPL shares 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.

Volatility & Risk

PPL has a beta of 0.52, suggesting that its share price is 48% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CENT PUERTO S A/S has a beta of 0.33, suggesting that its share price is 67% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

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

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

PPL presently has a consensus price target of $34.11, indicating a potential upside of 8.01%. CENT PUERTO S A/S has a consensus price target of $20.00, indicating a potential upside of 130.15%. Given CENT PUERTO S A/S’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe CENT PUERTO S A/S is more favorable than PPL.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PPL $7.79 billion 2.93 $1.83 billion $2.40 13.16
CENT PUERTO S A/S $506.42 million 2.60 $621.95 million $4.07 2.14

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.

Dividends

PPL pays an annual dividend of $1.65 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.2%. 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.

Profitability

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

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

Summary

PPL beats CENT PUERTO S A/S on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

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.

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