Analyzing Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) (NYSE:ELP) & Its Peers

Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) (NYSE: ELP) is one of 84 publicly-traded companies in the “Electric Utilities” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and institutional ownership.

Risk & Volatility

Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) has a beta of 1.58, suggesting that its stock price is 58% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL)’s peers have a beta of 0.64, suggesting that their average stock price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) pays an annual dividend of $0.53 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.3%. Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) pays out 117.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Electric Utilities” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.2% and pay out 98.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) $3.78 billion $274.84 million 16.22
Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) Competitors $7.63 billion $843.67 million 33.86

Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL)’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL). Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) 0 1 1 0 2.50
Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) Competitors 461 3001 2375 44 2.34

As a group, “Electric Utilities” companies have a potential upside of 3.04%. Given Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL)’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

2.3% of Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.9% of shares of all “Electric Utilities” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.6% of shares of all “Electric Utilities” companies 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.

Profitability

This table compares Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) 3.15% 2.64% 1.31%
Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) Competitors -5.93% 7.68% 2.44%

Summary

Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) peers beat Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) Company Profile

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.

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