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CenterPoint Energy, Inc is an utilities-regulated gas business based in the US. CenterPoint Energy shares (CNP) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. CenterPoint Energy employs 14,262 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$12.1 billion.
|52-week range||USD$11.241 - USD$25.0513|
|50-day moving average||USD$21.3121|
|200-day moving average||USD$21.2806|
|Wall St. target price||USD$24.58|
|Dividend yield||USD$0.877 (4.24%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||USD$1.261|
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Valuing CenterPoint Energy stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of CenterPoint Energy's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
CenterPoint Energy's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 13x. In other words, CenterPoint Energy shares trade at around 13x recent earnings.
That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.
CenterPoint Energy's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 13.413. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into CenterPoint Energy's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
CenterPoint Energy's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$2.8 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a CenterPoint Energy's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||USD$12.1 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||13.02%|
|Gross profit TTM||USD$3.3 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||2.93%|
|Return on equity TTM||-6.51%|
|Market capitalisation||USD$11.3 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 16.8 million CenterPoint Energy shares held short by investors – that's known as CenterPoint Energy's "short interest". This figure is 3% up from 16.3 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting CenterPoint Energy shares can be evaluated.
CenterPoint Energy's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of CenterPoint Energy shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of CenterPoint Energy shares traded daily (recently around 4.1 million). CenterPoint Energy's SIR currently stands at 4.06. In other words for every 100,000 CenterPoint Energy shares traded daily on the market, roughly 4060 shares are currently held short.
However CenterPoint Energy's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of CenterPoint Energy shares, or, against the total number of tradable CenterPoint Energy shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case CenterPoint Energy's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 CenterPoint Energy shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0347% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable CenterPoint Energy shares, roughly 35 shares are currently held short).
Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against CenterPoint Energy.
Find out more about how you can short CenterPoint Energy stock.
Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like CenterPoint Energy.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Total ESG risk: 29.93
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and CenterPoint Energy's overall score of 29.93 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 60th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like CenterPoint Energy is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
Environmental score: 9.4/100
Social score: 7.48/100
Governance score: 3.06/100
Controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. CenterPoint Energy scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that CenterPoint Energy has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.
|Total ESG score||29.93|
|Total ESG percentile||60.06|
|Level of controversy||2|
Dividend payout ratio: 50.83% of net profits
Recently CenterPoint Energy has paid out, on average, around 50.83% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.1% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), CenterPoint Energy shareholders could enjoy a 3.1% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In CenterPoint Energy's case, that would currently equate to about $0.877 per share.
CenterPoint Energy's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.
CenterPoint Energy's most recent dividend payout was on 11 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 17 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
CenterPoint Energy's shares were split on a 1000:843 basis on 1 October 2002. So if you had owned 843 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1000 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your CenterPoint Energy shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 15.7% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for CenterPoint Energy shares which in turn could have impacted CenterPoint Energy's share price.
Over the last 12 months, CenterPoint Energy's shares have ranged in value from as little as $11.241 up to $25.0513. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while CenterPoint Energy's is 0.9755. This would suggest that CenterPoint Energy's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
CenterPoint Energy, Inc. operates as a public utility holding company in the United States. The company's Houston Electric T&D segment electric transmission and distribution services to electric utility. It owns 236 substation sites with a total installed rated transformer capacity of 68,053 megavolt amperes. Its Indiana Electric Integrated segment provides energy delivery services to electric customers and electric generation assets to electric customers and wholesale markets. The company's 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 home appliance maintenance and repair services. This segment owns approximately 98,000 linear miles of natural gas distribution mains. Its 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. It owns and operates 210 miles of intrastate pipeline in Louisiana and Texas; and leases transportation capacity on various interstate and intrastate pipelines, and storage. The company's Infrastructure Services segment offers underground pipeline construction and repair services. Its Midstream Investment 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. As of March 2, 2020, it served approximately 7 million electric and natural gas metered customers. CenterPoint Energy, Inc. was founded in 1866 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
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