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

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Brookfield Renewable Partners and CENT PUERTO S A/S’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Brookfield Renewable Partners $2.98 billion 2.07 $62.00 million $0.13 265.69
CENT PUERTO S A/S $506.42 million 2.60 $621.95 million $4.07 2.14

CENT PUERTO S A/S has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Brookfield Renewable Partners. CENT PUERTO S A/S is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Brookfield Renewable Partners, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

Brookfield Renewable Partners has a beta of 0.47, meaning that its share price is 53% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CENT PUERTO S A/S has a beta of 0.33, meaning that its share price is 67% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

53.4% of Brookfield Renewable Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 7.0% of CENT PUERTO S A/S shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brookfield Renewable Partners 7.20% 1.47% 0.67%
CENT PUERTO S A/S 47.31% 30.42% 16.89%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Brookfield Renewable Partners and CENT PUERTO S A/S, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brookfield Renewable Partners 1 2 1 0 2.00
CENT PUERTO S A/S 0 0 1 0 3.00

Brookfield Renewable Partners currently has a consensus price target of $34.80, indicating a potential upside of 0.75%. 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 Brookfield Renewable Partners.

Dividends

Brookfield Renewable Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.0%. CENT PUERTO S A/S does not pay a dividend. Brookfield Renewable Partners pays out 1,584.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Brookfield Renewable Partners has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Summary

CENT PUERTO S A/S beats Brookfield Renewable Partners on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Brookfield Renewable Partners

Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. owns a portfolio of renewable power generating facilities primarily in North America, Colombia, Brazil, Europe, India, and China. The company generates electricity through hydro, wind, solar, cogeneration, and biomass sources. Its portfolio consists of approximately 17,400 megawatts of installed capacity. Brookfield Renewable Partners Limited operates as the general partner of Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. The company was formerly known as Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners L.P. and changed its name to Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. in May 2016. Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda.

About CENT PUERTO S A/S

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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