Companhia Paranaense de Energia (NYSE:ELP) and PPL (NYSE:PPL) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Risk and Volatility

Companhia Paranaense de Energia has a beta of 0.52, suggesting that its stock price is 48% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PPL has a beta of 0.46, suggesting that its stock price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.7% of Companhia Paranaense de Energia shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.0% of PPL shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of PPL shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Companhia Paranaense de Energia and PPL, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Companhia Paranaense de Energia 0 2 0 0 2.00
PPL 0 5 4 0 2.44

PPL has a consensus target price of $35.50, indicating a potential upside of 20.34%. Given PPL’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe PPL is more favorable than Companhia Paranaense de Energia.

Profitability

This table compares Companhia Paranaense de Energia and PPL’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Companhia Paranaense de Energia 7.42% 6.97% 3.28%
PPL 19.17% 15.23% 4.03%

Dividends

Companhia Paranaense de Energia pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. PPL pays an annual dividend of $1.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.6%. PPL pays out 72.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. PPL has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years. PPL is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Companhia Paranaense de Energia and PPL’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Companhia Paranaense de Energia $4.40 billion 0.55 $323.73 million N/A N/A
PPL $7.45 billion 2.85 $1.13 billion $2.25 13.11

PPL has higher revenue and earnings than Companhia Paranaense de Energia.

Summary

PPL beats Companhia Paranaense de Energia on 14 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Companhia Paranaense de Energia

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.

About PPL

PPL Corporation, a utility holding company, delivers electricity and natural gas in the United States and the United Kingdom. The company operates in three segments: U.K. Regulated, Kentucky Regulated, and Pennsylvania Regulated. It serves 411,000 electric and 326,000 natural gas customers in Louisville and adjacent areas in Kentucky; 525,000 customers in central, southeastern, and western Kentucky; and approximately 28,000 customers in 5 counties in southwestern Virginia, and 3 customers in Tennessee. The company also provides electric delivery services to approximately 1.4 million customers in Pennsylvania; and operates electricity distribution networks in the United Kingdom, as well as delivers natural gas to customers in Kentucky; generates electricity from power plants 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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