Financial Contrast: Entergy (NYSE:ETR) vs. Ocean Power Technologies (NYSE:OPTT)

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Entergy (NYSE:ETR) and Ocean Power Technologies (NASDAQ:OPTT) are both utilities companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

87.8% of Entergy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of Ocean Power Technologies shares are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of Entergy shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.7% of Ocean Power Technologies shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Entergy has a beta of 0.34, suggesting that its stock price is 66% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ocean Power Technologies has a beta of 3.02, suggesting that its stock price is 202% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Entergy and Ocean Power Technologies, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Entergy 0 2 6 0 2.75
Ocean Power Technologies 0 0 0 0 N/A

Entergy currently has a consensus target price of $98.38, indicating a potential downside of 9.75%. Given Entergy’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Entergy is more favorable than Ocean Power Technologies.

Profitability

This table compares Entergy and Ocean Power Technologies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Entergy 8.97% 13.75% 2.52%
Ocean Power Technologies -1,940.89% -175.62% -124.29%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Entergy and Ocean Power Technologies’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Entergy $11.01 billion 1.97 $862.55 million $7.31 14.91
Ocean Power Technologies $630,000.00 13.01 -$12.25 million N/A N/A

Entergy has higher revenue and earnings than Ocean Power Technologies.

Dividends

Entergy pays an annual dividend of $3.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. Ocean Power Technologies does not pay a dividend. Entergy pays out 49.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Entergy has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Summary

Entergy beats Ocean Power Technologies on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Entergy

Entergy Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production and distribution of electricity in the United States. It generates electricity through gas/oil, nuclear, coal, hydro, and solar power sources. The company's Utility segment generates, transmits, distributes, and sells electric power in portions of Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, and Louisiana, including the City of New Orleans; and distributes natural gas. Its Entergy Wholesale Commodities segment engages in the ownership, operation, and decommissioning of nuclear power plants located in the northern United States; sale of electric power to wholesale customers; provision of services to other nuclear power plant owners; and owning interests in non-nuclear power plants that sell electric power to wholesale customers. This segment sells energy to retail power providers, utilities, electric power co-operatives, power trading organizations, and other power generation companies. The company's power plants have approximately 30,000 megawatts (MW) of electric generating capacity, including approximately 9,000 MW of nuclear power. The company delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Entergy Corporation was founded in 1949 and is based in New Orleans, Louisiana.

About Ocean Power Technologies

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. is a renewable wave-energy technology company, which engages in the development of commercialize proprietary systems that generate electricity through ocean waves. It offers the PB3 PowerBuoy which generates electricity by harnessing the renewable energy of ocean waves. It operates through the following geographical segments: North America; Europe; and Asia and Australia. The company was founded by George W. Taylor on April 19, 1984 and is headquartered in Pennington, NJ.

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