Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. (NYSE: BEP) and Sky Solar Holdings (NASDAQ:SKYS) are both utilities companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitabiliy, risk, institutional ownership and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. and Sky Solar Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. 0 5 3 0 2.38
Sky Solar Holdings 0 1 0 0 2.00

Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. currently has a consensus target price of $36.67, suggesting a potential upside of 8.13%. Sky Solar Holdings has a consensus target price of $1.30, suggesting a potential downside of 5.80%. Given Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P.’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. is more favorable than Sky Solar Holdings.

Risk and Volatility

Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. has a beta of 0.25, meaning that its share price is 75% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sky Solar Holdings has a beta of 1.78, meaning that its share price is 78% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

54.2% of Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.4% of Sky Solar Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. and Sky Solar Holdings’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. $2.46 billion 4.09 $1.36 billion N/A N/A
Sky Solar Holdings $65.93 million 1.10 $19.01 million $0.07 19.71

Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. has higher revenue and earnings than Sky Solar Holdings.

Profitability

This table compares Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. and Sky Solar Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. 2.82% 0.75% 0.33%
Sky Solar Holdings 4.72% -2.47% -0.70%

Dividends

Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. pays an annual dividend of $1.87 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.5%. Sky Solar Holdings does not pay a dividend. Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Summary

Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. beats Sky Solar Holdings on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P.

Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P., formerly Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners L.P., is the owner and operator of a portfolio of assets that generate electricity from renewable resources. The Company operates as a pure-play renewable power platform. Its segments include Hydroelectric, Wind, Other and Corporate. It operates renewable power generating assets, which include conventional hydroelectric facilities and wind facilities located in North America, Colombia, Brazil and Europe. It also operates approximately four biomass facilities and three Co-gen facilities. It owns approximately 10,730 megawatts (MW) of installed capacity and an over 6,000 MW development pipeline diversified across 15 power markets in North America, Colombia, Brazil and Europe. This portfolio includes approximately 217 hydroelectric generating stations on over 82 river systems and approximately 38 wind facilities. Its portfolio also includes over 3,000 MW of medium to long-term development projects.

About Sky Solar Holdings

Sky Solar Holdings, Ltd. is an investment holding company. The Company is an independent power producer (IPP) engaged in developing, owning and operating solar parks. The Company focuses on the downstream solar market and develops projects primarily in Asia, South America, Europe and North America. Its subsidiaries are engaged in activities, such as selling electricity generated from solar parks owned by the Company as IPP; pipeline (including obtaining permits required for solar power projects and sourcing of solar modules), and providing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services ; providing operating and maintenance (O&M) services for solar parks; sales of solar modules, and building and transferring of solar parks (BT). The Company has developed over 270 solar parks with an aggregate capacity of approximately 252.8 megawatts (MW). It has over 1.3 gigawatts (GW) of solar projects in various stages of development in countries, such as Chile, Uruguay, Japan and Canada.

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