Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) (NYSE: ELP) and Portland General Electric (NYSE:POR) are both mid-cap utilities companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, valuation and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) and Portland General Electric’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) $3.98 billion 0.63 $670.23 million $0.45 20.40
Portland General Electric $1.99 billion 2.07 $687.00 million $2.24 20.67

Portland General Electric has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL). Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Portland General Electric, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) has a beta of 1.65, suggesting that its stock price is 65% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Portland General Electric has a beta of 0.28, suggesting that its stock price is 72% 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 5.8%. Portland General Electric pays an annual dividend of $1.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. 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. Portland General Electric pays out 60.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Portland General Electric has increased its dividend for 11 consecutive years.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

2.1% of Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 93.2% of Portland General Electric shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of Portland General Electric shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) and Portland General Electric, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) 0 1 1 0 2.50
Portland General Electric 4 3 0 0 1.43

Portland General Electric has a consensus target price of $42.00, indicating a potential downside of 9.31%. Given Portland General Electric’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Portland General Electric is more favorable than Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL).

Profitability

This table compares Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) and Portland General Electric’s 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%
Portland General Electric 10.06% 8.48% 2.64%

Summary

Portland General Electric beats Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL)

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 Portland General Electric

Portland General Electric Company is an electric utility that is engaged in the wholesale purchase, transmission, distribution and retail sale of electricity in the State of Oregon. Its service area allocation of approximately 4,000 square miles is located entirely within Oregon and includes approximately 51 incorporated cities, of which Portland and Salem. It has five natural gas-fired generating facilities, which include Port Westward Unit 1 (PW1), Port Westward Unit 2 (PW2), Beaver natural gas-fired generating plant (Beaver), Coyote Springs Unit 1 (Coyote Springs) and Carty natural gas-fired generating plant (Carty). As of December 31, 2016, the Company owned and operated two wind farms, Biglow Canyon Wind Farm (Biglow Canyon) and Tucannon River Wind Farm (Tucannon River). The Company’s hydroelectric projects consist of Pelton/Round Butte on the Deschutes River near Madras, Oregon, four plants on the Clackamas River, and one on the Willamette River.

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