Companhia Paranaense de Energia (ELP) vs. Ameren (AEE) Financial Survey

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

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1.6% of Companhia Paranaense de Energia shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.8% of Ameren shares are held by institutional investors. 0.4% of Ameren shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Companhia Paranaense de Energia and Ameren, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Companhia Paranaense de Energia 0 1 0 0 2.00
Ameren 2 3 1 0 1.83

Ameren has a consensus price target of $58.00, suggesting a potential upside of 1.63%. Given Ameren’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Ameren is more favorable than Companhia Paranaense de Energia.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Companhia Paranaense de Energia and Ameren’s gross 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 0.56 $274.84 million N/A N/A
Ameren $6.18 billion 2.24 $523.00 million $2.83 20.17

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

Profitability

This table compares Companhia Paranaense de Energia and Ameren’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%
Ameren 8.47% 9.43% 2.72%

Volatility and Risk

Companhia Paranaense de Energia has a beta of 1.38, meaning that its stock price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ameren has a beta of 0.26, meaning that its stock price is 74% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Companhia Paranaense de Energia pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.7%. Ameren pays an annual dividend of $1.83 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Ameren pays out 64.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Ameren has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Summary

Ameren beats Companhia Paranaense de Energia on 11 of the 16 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 Ameren

Ameren Corporation is a utility holding company. The Company’s subsidiaries include Ameren Missouri, Ameren Illinois and Ameren Transmission Company (ATXI). It operates through four segments. The Ameren Missouri segment includes all of the operations of Ameren Missouri. The Ameren Illinois Electric Distribution segment consists of the electric distribution business of Ameren Illinois. The Ameren Illinois Natural Gas segment consists of the natural gas business of Ameren Illinois. The ATXI segment consists of the aggregated electric transmission businesses of Ameren Illinois and ATXI. Ameren Missouri operates a rate-regulated electric generation, transmission, and distribution business and a rate-regulated natural gas distribution business in Missouri. Ameren Illinois operates rate-regulated electric distribution, electric transmission and natural gas distribution businesses in Illinois. ATXI operates a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rate-regulated electric transmission business.

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