Companhia Paranaense de Energia ADR Class B (NYSE:ELP) and Great Plains Energy (NYSE:GXP) are both utilities companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, dividends and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Companhia Paranaense de Energia ADR Class B and Great Plains Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Companhia Paranaense de Energia ADR Class B 8.03% 7.32% 3.44%
Great Plains Energy -2.26% 5.52% 2.02%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Companhia Paranaense de Energia ADR Class B and Great Plains Energy’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Companhia Paranaense de Energia ADR Class B $4.40 billion 0.33 $323.73 million N/A N/A
Great Plains Energy $2.71 billion 0.00 -$106.20 million $1.74 N/A

Companhia Paranaense de Energia ADR Class B has higher revenue and earnings than Great Plains Energy.

Volatility & Risk

Companhia Paranaense de Energia ADR Class B has a beta of 1.22, meaning that its share price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Great Plains Energy has a beta of 0.22, meaning that its share price is 78% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Companhia Paranaense de Energia ADR Class B pays an annual dividend of $0.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. Great Plains Energy pays an annual dividend of $1.10 per share. Great Plains Energy pays out 63.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Great Plains Energy has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Companhia Paranaense de Energia ADR Class B and Great Plains Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Companhia Paranaense de Energia ADR Class B 0 1 0 0 2.00
Great Plains Energy 0 1 5 0 2.83

Great Plains Energy has a consensus target price of $31.40, indicating a potential upside of ∞. Given Great Plains Energy’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Great Plains Energy is more favorable than Companhia Paranaense de Energia ADR Class B.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

1.3% of Companhia Paranaense de Energia ADR Class B shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.0% of Great Plains Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Great Plains Energy shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Companhia Paranaense de Energia ADR Class B beats Great Plains Energy on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Companhia Paranaense de Energia ADR Class B Company Profile

Companhia Paranaense de Energia ? COPEL engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity to industrial, residential, commercial, rural, and other customers primarily in the State of Paraná, Brazil. As of December 31, 2017, the company operated 17 hydroelectric plants, 12 wind plants, and 1 thermoelectric plant with a total installed capacity of 5,024.0 megawatts; and owned and operated 2,698.3 kilometers of transmission lines and 196,951.2 kilometers of distribution lines. It holds concessions to distribute electricity in 394 municipalities in the State of Paraná and in the municipality of Porto União in the State of Santa Catarina. The company also provides telecommunication services to corporate clients, including supermarkets, universities, banks, Internet service providers, and television networks, as well as to retail clients; and broadband Internet access to public elementary and middle schools. In addition, it supplies piped gas to 39,377 customers, including thermoelectric plants, cogeneration plants, gas stations, other businesses, and residences through a gas distribution network covering 812 kilometers in the State of Paraná. Companhia Paranaense de Energia – COPEL was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in Curitiba, Brazil.

Great Plains Energy Company Profile

Great Plains Energy Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, generates, transmits, distributes, and sells electricity. It also provides regulated steam services in St. Joseph, Missouri. The company generates electricity using coal, nuclear, natural gas, oil, wind, solar, landfill gas, and hydroelectric resources. It has approximately 6,500 megawatts of generating capacity. The company sells electricity to approximately 867,100 customers in western Missouri and eastern Kansas, including approximately 764,200 residences and 100,400 commercial firms, as well as 2,500 industrials, municipalities, and other electric utilities. Great Plains Energy Incorporated was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.

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