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


CENT PUERTO S A/S pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Huaneng Power International pays an annual dividend of $0.53 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. CENT PUERTO S A/S pays out 19.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Huaneng Power International pays out 132.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. CENT PUERTO S A/S is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

5.9% of CENT PUERTO S A/S shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.4% of Huaneng Power International shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Huaneng Power International 0.12% 0.15% 0.04%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for CENT PUERTO S A/S and Huaneng Power International, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CENT PUERTO S A/S 0 0 3 0 3.00
Huaneng Power International 0 3 1 0 2.25

CENT PUERTO S A/S currently has a consensus target price of $20.00, indicating a potential upside of 82.65%. Given CENT PUERTO S A/S’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe CENT PUERTO S A/S is more favorable than Huaneng Power International.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CENT PUERTO S A/S and Huaneng Power International’s gross 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 $361.03 million 4.59 $211.87 million $1.41 7.77
Huaneng Power International $22.56 billion 0.42 $233.81 million $0.40 62.35

Huaneng Power International 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 Huaneng Power International, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


CENT PUERTO S A/S beats Huaneng Power International on 8 of the 14 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.

Huaneng Power International Company Profile

Huaneng Power International, Inc., through its subsidiaries, generates and sells electricity and heat to the regional or provincial grid companies in the People's Republic of China and Singapore. It is involved in the development, investment, construction, operation, and management of power plants and related projects; and generation, wholesale, and retail of power and other relating utilities. The company generates power from coal, wind, gas, oil, biomass, solar, and hydro resources. It is also involved in the sale of coal ash and lime; provision of loading warehousing and conveying services; photovoltaic power generation projects development and construction; and provision of thermal energy and cold energy services, as well as thermal heating services. In addition, the company engages in the repair of power equipment; provision of water supply and transportation services; construction and operation of electricity distribution networks and heating pipe networks; power supply, energy transmission, and substation project contracting activities; cargo transportation along domestic coastal areas; port management, investment, and development activities; and port provision, and cargo loading and storage activities. Further, it is involved in the aquaculture and agriculture irrigation activities, as well as provides environment engineering, waste recycling consultancy, and industrial waste management and recycling services. Additionally, it sells raw and processed coal; and provides central heat, and plumbing and pipe installation services, as well as desalinated water. As of March 31, 2018, the company had controlled generating capacity of 104,301 megawatts and a total generating capacity of 91,783 megawatts. Huaneng Power International, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People's Republic of China.

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