CenterPoint Energy Inc

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CNP : NYSE : Utilities
$24.51 | %
Today's Range: 0.00 - 0.00
Avg. Daily Volume: 3,926,500
07/25/16 - 4:00 PM ET

Financial Analysis

CENTERPOINT ENERGY INC's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2016 has significantly increased when compared to the same period a year ago. Even though sales decreased, the net income has increased, representing an increase to the bottom line. CENTERPOINT ENERGY INC has weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.67 which shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has increased from the same period last year.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has decreased by 23.34% from the same quarter last year. Overall, the key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is in a position in which financial difficulties could develop in the future.

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Income Statement Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Net Sales ($mil)1984.02433.0
EBITDA ($mil)510.0473.0
EBIT ($mil)250.0256.0
Net Income ($mil)154.0131.0

Balance Sheet Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)1112.01147.0
Total Assets ($mil)21004.022670.0
Total Debt ($mil)8478.08572.0
Equity ($mil)3506.04574.0

Profitability Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Gross Profit Margin25.7119.44
EBITDA Margin25.719.44
Operating Margin12.610.52
Sales Turnover0.330.37
Return on Assets-3.182.45
Return on Equity-19.0812.17
Debt Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Current Ratio0.920.84
Interest Expense113.0120.0
Interest Coverage2.212.13

Share Data Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Shares outstanding (mil)430.62430.21
Div / share0.260.25
Book value / share8.1410.63
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume3886681.04673404.0


BUY. This stock’s P/E ratio is negative, making its value useless in the assessment of premium or discount valuation, only displaying that the company has negative earnings per share. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.98 indicates valuation on par with the S&P 500 average of 2.81 and a premium versus the industry average of 2.51. The price-to-sales ratio is below the S&P 500 average and is well below the industry average, indicating a discount. After reviewing these and other key valuation criteria, CENTERPOINT ENERGY INC proves to trade at a premium to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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CNP NM Peers 21.87   CNP 5.69 Peers 8.69

Neutral. The absence of a valid P/E ratio happens when a stock can not be valued on the basis of a negative stream of earnings.

CNP's P/E is negative making this valuation measure meaningless.


Discount. The P/CF ratio, a stock’s price divided by the company's cash flow from operations, is useful for comparing companies with different capital requirements or financing structures.

CNP is trading at a significant discount to its peers.

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  Price to
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CNP 19.79 Peers 20.09   CNP NA Peers 2.12

Average. An average price-to-projected earnings ratio can signify an industry neutral stock price and average future growth expectations.

CNP is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.


Neutral. The PEG ratio is the stock’s P/E divided by the consensus estimate of long-term earnings growth. Faster growth can justify higher price multiples.

Ratio not available.

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  Earnings Growth
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CNP 2.98 Peers 2.51   CNP -220.15 Peers -4.94

Premium. A higher price-to-book ratio makes a stock less attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.

CNP is trading at a premium to its peers.


Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.

However, CNP is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.

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  Sales Growth
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CNP 1.50 Peers 2.60   CNP -18.35 Peers -3.55

Discount. In the absence of P/E and P/B multiples, the price-to-sales ratio can display the value investors are placing on each dollar of sales.

CNP is trading at a significant discount to its industry on this measurement.


Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.

CNP significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth



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