Head-To-Head Comparison: Companhia Paranaense de Energia (ELP) vs. Premier (PRHL)

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

Dividends

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Companhia Paranaense de Energia pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.5%. Premier does not pay a dividend. Companhia Paranaense de Energia pays out 52.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

1.6% of Companhia Paranaense de Energia shares are owned by institutional investors. 39.3% of Premier 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.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Companhia Paranaense de Energia and Premier’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Companhia Paranaense de Energia $3.78 billion 0.58 $274.84 million $0.99 8.10
Premier $4.79 million 2.27 -$5.59 million ($0.02) -1.23

Companhia Paranaense de Energia has higher revenue and earnings than Premier. Premier is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Companhia Paranaense de Energia, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Companhia Paranaense de Energia 6.46% 5.70% 2.78%
Premier -255.86% -164.85% -98.60%

Risk & Volatility

Companhia Paranaense de Energia has a beta of 1.42, indicating that its share price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Premier has a beta of 0.03, indicating that its share price is 97% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Companhia Paranaense de Energia and Premier, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Companhia Paranaense de Energia 0 0 1 0 3.00
Premier 0 0 0 0 N/A

Summary

Companhia Paranaense de Energia beats Premier on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Companhia Paranaense de Energia

Companhia Paranaense de Energia is engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity in the Brazilian State of Parana. The Company also provides telecommunications and other services. Its segments are Power generation and transmission (GET), Power distribution and sales (DIS), Telecommunications (TEL), GAS and Holding Company (HOL). The GET segment includes the generation of electric energy from hydraulic, wind and thermal projects; the transport and transformation of the power generated by the Company, and the construction, operation and maintenance of all power transmission substations and lines. The DIS segment includes the distribution and sale of electric energy, and the operation and maintenance of the distribution infrastructure. The TEL segment includes telecommunications and general communications services. The GAS segment includes the public service of piped natural gas distribution. The HOL segment includes participation in other companies.

About Premier

Premier Holding Corporation is an energy services holding company. The Company provides a range of energy services through its subsidiary companies, Energy Efficiency Experts, Inc. (E3) and The Power Company USA, LLC (TPC). The Company provides solutions that enable customers to manage their energy consumption, and operating and maintenance costs. Its set of services includes electricity plans and upgrades to a facility’s energy infrastructure. E3 is an Energy Services Company (ESCO) formed by the Company to provide energy reduction solutions for its clients. E3’s energy services division is focused on providing business customers with management solutions, such as lighting (light emitting diode (LED) and fluorescent), heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC), commercial refrigeration and water sub-metering. TPC provides energy pricing delivered with no change in service. TPC utilizes its online client energy portal.

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