CenterPoint Energy (NYSE:CNP) and Kenon (NYSE:KEN) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, institutional ownership and valuation.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings for CenterPoint Energy and Kenon, as provided by MarketBeat.
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Risk and Volatility
CenterPoint Energy has a beta of 0.43, meaning that its share price is 57% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kenon has a beta of 1.49, meaning that its share price is 49% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares CenterPoint Energy and Kenon’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Earnings and Valuation
This table compares CenterPoint Energy and Kenon’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|CenterPoint Energy||$9.61 billion||1.47||$1.79 billion||$1.37||20.53|
|Kenon||$366.00 million||2.44||$236.59 million||N/A||N/A|
CenterPoint Energy has higher revenue and earnings than Kenon.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
67.5% of CenterPoint Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.6% of Kenon shares are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of CenterPoint Energy shares are held 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.
CenterPoint Energy pays an annual dividend of $1.11 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Kenon does not pay a dividend. CenterPoint Energy pays out 81.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. CenterPoint Energy has raised its dividend for 12 consecutive years.
CenterPoint Energy beats Kenon on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
CenterPoint Energy Company Profile
CenterPoint Energy, Inc. operates as a public utility holding company in the United States. The company's Electric Transmission & Distribution segment offers electric transmission and distribution services to retail electric providers, municipalities, electric cooperatives, and other distribution companies. As of December 31, 2017, this segment owned 28,883 pole miles of overhead distribution lines and 24,662 circuit miles of underground distribution lines; and 235 substations with a transformer capacity of 64,924 megavolt amperes, as well as operated 14 regional service centers. Its Natural Gas Distribution segment sells regulated intrastate natural gas; provides natural gas transportation and storage services for residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation customers; and offers unregulated services comprising residential appliance repair and maintenance services. As of December 31, 2017, this segment owned approximately 75,000 linear miles of natural gas distribution mains. The company's Energy Services segment provides physical natural gas supplies primarily to commercial and industrial customers, and electric and natural gas utilities; natural gas management services; and physical delivery services, as well as procures and optimizes transportation and storage assets. This segment owns and operates approximately 200 miles of intrastate pipelines; and leases transportation capacity on various interstate and intrastate pipelines, and storage. Its Midstream Investments segment offers natural gas and crude oil gathering, and natural gas processing services to its producer customers; and interstate and intrastate natural gas pipeline transportation and storage services to its producer, power plant, local distribution company, and industrial end-user customers. The company was founded in 1882 and is based in Houston, Texas.
Kenon Company Profile
Kenon Holdings Ltd., through its subsidiaries, owns, develops, and operates power generation facilities in Israel. It operates through OPC, Qoros, and Other segments. The company's power generation plants operate on natural gas and diesel. It also designs, manufactures, sells, and services passenger vehicles, parts, and accessories through a network of independent authorized retail dealers in China. As of December 31, 2017, the company's Qoros' dealerships included 113 point of sales facilities. In addition, Kenon Holdings Ltd., through its 32% equity interest in ZIM Integrated Shipping Services, Ltd., owned and chartered vessels with a total container capacity of 385,974 TEUs. Further, it develops and owns a proprietary natural gas-to-liquid technology process. The company was incorporated in 2014 and is based in Singapore.
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