Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) (NYSE: ELP) is one of 85 public companies in the “Electric Utilities” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, profitability and valuation.

Dividends

Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) pays an annual dividend of $0.53 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.1%. 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 3.1% and pay out 103.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

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 514 2898 2327 41 2.33

As a group, “Electric Utilities” companies have a potential upside of 6.26%. Given Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL)’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Risk & Volatility

Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) has a beta of 1.65, indicating that its share price is 65% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL)’s rivals have a beta of 0.70, indicating that their average share price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) $3.98 billion $670.23 million 19.31
Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) Competitors $7.19 billion $2.12 billion 30.84

Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL)’s rivals 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 rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) and its rivals’ 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 -10.82% 3.51% 0.54%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

2.1% of Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.5% of shares of all “Electric Utilities” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.7% of shares of all “Electric Utilities” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) rivals beat Companhia Paranaense de Energia (COPEL) on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

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.

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