Atlantic Power Corporation (NYSE: AT) is one of 83 public companies in the “Electric Utilities” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Atlantic Power Corporation to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and dividends.

Volatility and Risk

Atlantic Power Corporation has a beta of 1.71, suggesting that its stock price is 71% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Atlantic Power Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 0.70, suggesting that their average stock price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

45.8% of Atlantic Power Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.5% of shares of all “Electric Utilities” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of Atlantic Power Corporation shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.9% of shares of all “Electric Utilities” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Atlantic Power Corporation and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Atlantic Power Corporation 0 3 0 0 2.00
Atlantic Power Corporation Competitors 694 3242 2441 52 2.29

Atlantic Power Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $2.60, suggesting a potential upside of 6.12%. As a group, “Electric Utilities” companies have a potential upside of 5.81%. Given Atlantic Power Corporation’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Atlantic Power Corporation is more favorable than its rivals.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Atlantic Power Corporation and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Atlantic Power Corporation $417.00 million $179.50 million -2.55
Atlantic Power Corporation Competitors $7.32 billion $2.16 billion 30.29

Atlantic Power Corporation’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Atlantic Power Corporation. Atlantic Power Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Atlantic Power Corporation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Atlantic Power Corporation -25.71% 27.03% 1.21%
Atlantic Power Corporation Competitors -10.90% 3.28% 0.51%

Summary

Atlantic Power Corporation rivals beat Atlantic Power Corporation on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

About Atlantic Power Corporation

Atlantic Power Corporation (Atlantic Power) owns and operates a fleet of power generation assets in the United States and Canada. The Company’s power generation projects sell electricity to utilities and other commercial customers. Atlantic Power’s segments include East U.S., West U.S. and Canada. The Company’s East U.S. segment comprises natural gas, biomass, coal and hydro projects. The Company’s projects under the West U.S. segment include Naval Station, Naval Training Center, North Island, Oxnard, Manchief and Frederickson, which are focused on natural gas, and Koma Kulshan, which is focused on hydro. Under the Canada segment, the Company’s projects located in British Columbia include Mamquam, Mamquam and Williams Lake. Its Calstock and Tunis projects are located in Ontario. The Company’s portfolio consisted of interests in 19 operational power generation projects across nine states in the United States and two provinces in Canada, as of December 31, 2016.

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