Comparing CENT PUERTO S A/S (NYSE:CEPU) and OGE Energy (NYSE:OGE)

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CENT PUERTO S A/S (NYSE:CEPU) and OGE Energy (NYSE:OGE) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

5.3% of CENT PUERTO S A/S shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.6% of OGE Energy shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of OGE Energy shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

OGE Energy pays an annual dividend of $1.55 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.7%. CENT PUERTO S A/S does not pay a dividend. OGE Energy pays out 73.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares CENT PUERTO S A/S and OGE Energy’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CENT PUERTO S A/S 3.88% 3.06% 1.65%
OGE Energy 19.94% 11.20% 4.17%

Volatility & Risk

CENT PUERTO S A/S has a beta of 1.15, suggesting that its share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, OGE Energy has a beta of 0.47, suggesting that its share price is 53% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for CENT PUERTO S A/S and OGE Energy, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CENT PUERTO S A/S 1 2 0 0 1.67
OGE Energy 1 5 1 0 2.00

CENT PUERTO S A/S presently has a consensus target price of $7.50, indicating a potential upside of 88.92%. OGE Energy has a consensus target price of $42.00, indicating a potential downside of 0.14%. Given CENT PUERTO S A/S’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe CENT PUERTO S A/S is more favorable than OGE Energy.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares CENT PUERTO S A/S and OGE Energy’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CENT PUERTO S A/S $506.42 million 1.19 $621.95 million $4.07 0.98
OGE Energy $2.27 billion 3.71 $425.50 million $2.12 19.84

CENT PUERTO S A/S has higher earnings, but lower revenue than OGE Energy. CENT PUERTO S A/S is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than OGE Energy, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

OGE Energy beats CENT PUERTO S A/S on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

CENT PUERTO S A/S Company Profile

Central Puerto S.A. generates and sells electric power to private and public customers in Argentina. As of December 31, 2017, the company owned and operated five thermal generation plants and one hydroelectric generation plant with an installed capacity of 3,663 MW. It also operates a wind farm Achiras I with an installed capacity of 48 megawatts, as well as produces steam. The company was founded in 1989 and is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

OGE Energy Company Profile

OGE Energy Corp., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an energy and energy services provider that provides physical delivery and related services for electricity and natural gas primarily in the south central United States. It operates in two segments, Electric Utility and Natural Gas Midstream Operations. The Electric Utility segment generates, transmits, distributes, and sells electric energy. This segment furnishes retail electric service in 267 communities and their contiguous rural and suburban areas; and owns and operates coal-fired, natural gas-fired, wind-powered, and solar-powered generating assets. Its service area covers 30,000 square miles in Oklahoma and western Arkansas, including Oklahoma City in Oklahoma; and Fort Smith, Arkansas. The Natural Gas Midstream Operations segment engages in gathering, processing, transporting, and storing natural gas; and the provision of crude oil gathering services, and interstate and intrastate natural gas pipeline transportation and storage services primarily to its producer, power plant, local distribution company, and industrial end-user customers. As of December 31, 2018, the company owned and operated interconnected electric generation, transmission, and distribution systems, including 11 generating stations with an aggregate capability of 6,616 megawatts; and transmission systems comprising 52 substations and 5,100 structure miles of lines in Oklahoma, and 7 substations and 277 structure miles of lines in Arkansas. Its distribution systems include 345 substations; 29,345 structure miles of overhead lines; 2,940 miles of underground conduit; and 10,932 miles of underground conductors in Oklahoma, as well as 30 substations, 2,786 structure miles of overhead lines, 297 miles of underground conduit, and 685 miles of underground conductors in Arkansas. The company was founded in 1902 and is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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