PNM Resources (PNM) and Cleco Corporate (CNL) Financial Analysis

PNM Resources (NYSE: PNM) and Cleco Corporate (NYSE:CNL) are both mid-cap utilities companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Volatility & Risk

PNM Resources has a beta of 0.34, indicating that its stock price is 66% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cleco Corporate has a beta of 0.53, indicating that its stock price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares PNM Resources and Cleco Corporate’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PNM Resources 5.55% 8.71% 2.36%
Cleco Corporate 21.96% 11.84% 3.86%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

91.8% of PNM Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of PNM Resources shares are owned by company 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 ratings for PNM Resources and Cleco Corporate, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PNM Resources 3 7 1 0 1.82
Cleco Corporate 0 0 0 0 N/A

PNM Resources presently has a consensus price target of $38.79, suggesting a potential upside of 7.15%. Given PNM Resources’ higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe PNM Resources is more favorable than Cleco Corporate.


PNM Resources pays an annual dividend of $1.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Cleco Corporate pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. PNM Resources pays out 106.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Cleco Corporate pays out 72.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. PNM Resources has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years and Cleco Corporate has raised its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares PNM Resources and Cleco Corporate’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PNM Resources $1.45 billion 2.00 $80.40 million $1.00 36.20
Cleco Corporate N/A N/A N/A $2.20 25.16

PNM Resources has higher revenue and earnings than Cleco Corporate. Cleco Corporate is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than PNM Resources, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

About PNM Resources

PNM Resources, Inc. (PNMR) is an investor-owned holding company with approximately two regulated utilities providing electricity and electric services in New Mexico and Texas. PNMR’s electric utilities are Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) and Texas-New Mexico Power Company (TNMP). It operates in three segments: PNM, TNMP, and Corporate and Other. The Company, through its Website provides information, including news releases, notices of Webcasts, and filings. PNM is an electric utility that provides electric generation, transmission and distribution service to its rate-regulated customers. TNMP is a regulated utility operating in Texas. TNMP provides transmission and distribution services in Texas under the provisions of Texas Electric Choice Act (TECA) and the Texas Public Utility Regulatory Act. The Corporate and Other segment includes PNMR holding company activities, related to corporate level debt and PNMR Services Company.

About Cleco Corporate

Cleco Corporate Holdings LLC, formerly Cleco Corporation, is a public utility holding company. The Company’s segments include Cleco Power and Other. Cleco Power is a regulated electric utility company that owns over 10 generating units with a total nameplate capacity of approximately 3,330 megawatts (MW) and serves approximately 287,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business and supplies wholesale power in Louisiana and Mississippi. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns one transmission substation in Louisiana and one transmission substation in Mississippi. Cleco Power is engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity within Louisiana. It owns natural gas pipelines and interconnections at all of its generating facilities, which allow it to access various natural gas supply markets and maintain an economical fuel supply for its customers. The Company holds investments in its subsidiary, Cleco Power LLC (Cleco Power).

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