Contrasting CENTRICA PLC/S (OTCMKTS:CPYYY) & Nextera Energy Partners (OTCMKTS:NEP)

CENTRICA PLC/S (OTCMKTS:CPYYY) and Nextera Energy Partners (NYSE:NEP) are both mid-cap utilities companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation and profitability.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.2% of CENTRICA PLC/S shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 82.7% of Nextera Energy Partners shares are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of Nextera Energy Partners shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for CENTRICA PLC/S and Nextera Energy Partners, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CENTRICA PLC/S 1 3 5 0 2.44
Nextera Energy Partners 0 4 7 0 2.64

Nextera Energy Partners has a consensus target price of $58.32, indicating a potential downside of 6.24%. Given Nextera Energy Partners’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Nextera Energy Partners is more favorable than CENTRICA PLC/S.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares CENTRICA PLC/S and Nextera Energy Partners’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CENTRICA PLC/S $28.95 billion 0.13 -$1.31 billion $0.37 6.70
Nextera Energy Partners $855.00 million 4.77 -$71.00 million ($1.51) -41.19

Nextera Energy Partners has lower revenue, but higher earnings than CENTRICA PLC/S. Nextera Energy Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CENTRICA PLC/S, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

CENTRICA PLC/S has a beta of 1.13, suggesting that its share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nextera Energy Partners has a beta of 1.11, suggesting that its share price is 11% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares CENTRICA PLC/S and Nextera Energy Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Nextera Energy Partners -14.18% -2.11% -1.08%


Centrica plc operates as an integrated energy company in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Germany, Norway, rest of Europe, the United States, Canada, and internationally. The company operates through Centrica Consumer, Centrica Business, and Exploration & Production segments. It supplies gas and electricity to residential customers, as well as offers energy-related services; and generates power from combined cycle gas turbines and nuclear assets. The company also provides installation, repair, and maintenance services for domestic central heating, plumbing and drains, and gas and kitchen appliances; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment; and water heaters, as well as offers breakdown services. In addition, it is involved in the procurement, trading, and optimization of energy; and supplies energy efficiency solutions and technologies to residential customers. Further, the company produces and processes gas and oil; develops new fields to maintain reserves; constructs, owns, and exploits infrastructure; and engages in the social enterprise investment fund activities. Additionally, it provides vehicle leasing, commercial, and insurance services, as well as energy management products and services; and operates a gas storage, and franchise network. The company also provides sea freight water transport services. It primarily supplies energy and services to approximately 25 million customers under the British Gas, Direct Energy, and Bord Gáis Energy brands. The company was formerly known as Yieldtop plc and changed its name to Centrica plc in December 1996. Centrica plc was incorporated in 1995 and is headquartered in Windsor, the United Kingdom.

About Nextera Energy Partners

NextEra Energy Partners, LP acquires, owns, and manages contracted clean energy projects in the United States. It owns a portfolio of contracted renewable generation assets consisting of wind and solar projects with approximately 4,859 megawatts of capacity, as well as seven contracted natural gas pipeline assets. The company was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Juno Beach, Florida.

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