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COMPANHIA PARAN/S (OTCMKTS:ELPVY) and IDACORP (NYSE:IDA) are both utilities companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, risk, profitability, earnings and analyst recommendations.


This table compares COMPANHIA PARAN/S and IDACORP’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
IDACORP 17.55% 10.43% 3.86%


COMPANHIA PARAN/S pays an annual dividend of $0.23 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. IDACORP pays an annual dividend of $2.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. IDACORP pays out 59.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. IDACORP has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

81.4% of IDACORP shares are held by institutional investors. 0.7% of IDACORP shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for COMPANHIA PARAN/S and IDACORP, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
IDACORP 1 1 0 0 1.50

IDACORP has a consensus target price of $88.00, indicating a potential downside of 10.55%. Given IDACORP’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe IDACORP is more favorable than COMPANHIA PARAN/S.

Volatility & Risk

COMPANHIA PARAN/S has a beta of 0.61, suggesting that its share price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, IDACORP has a beta of 0.42, suggesting that its share price is 58% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares COMPANHIA PARAN/S and IDACORP’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
COMPANHIA PARAN/S $4.40 billion 0.28 $323.93 million N/A N/A
IDACORP $1.35 billion 3.67 $212.41 million $4.21 23.37

COMPANHIA PARAN/S has higher revenue and earnings than IDACORP.


IDACORP beats COMPANHIA PARAN/S on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.


Companhia Paranaense de Energia – COPEL engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity to industrial, residential, commercial, rural, and other customers primarily in the State of Paraná, Brazil. As of December 31, 2017, the company operated 17 hydroelectric plants, 12 wind plants, and 1 thermoelectric plant with a total installed capacity of 5,024.0 megawatts; and owned and operated 2,698.3 kilometers of transmission lines and 196,951.2 kilometers of distribution lines. It holds concessions to distribute electricity in 394 municipalities in the State of Paraná and in the municipality of Porto União in the State of Santa Catarina. The company also provides telecommunication services to corporate clients, including supermarkets, universities, banks, Internet service providers, and television networks, as well as to retail clients; and broadband Internet access to public elementary and middle schools. In addition, it supplies piped gas to 39,377 customers, including thermoelectric plants, cogeneration plants, gas stations, other businesses, and residences through a gas distribution network covering 812 kilometers in the State of Paraná. Companhia Paranaense de Energia – COPEL was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in Curitiba, Brazil.


IDACORP, Inc., through its subsidiary, Idaho Power Company, engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, purchase, and sale of electric energy in the United States. It operates 17 hydroelectric generating plants located in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon, as well as 3 natural gas-fired plants in southern Idaho; and owns interests in 3 coal-fired steam electric generating plants located in Wyoming, Nevada, and Oregon. As of December 31, 2017, the company provided electric service to approximately 545,000 general business customers; and had a network of approximately 4,857 pole-miles of high-voltage transmission lines, 24 step-up transmission substations located at power plants, 24 transmission substations, 10 switching stations, and 223 energized distribution substations, as well as approximately 27,441 pole-miles of distribution lines. Its principal commercial and industrial customers are involved in food processing, electronics and general manufacturing, agriculture, health care, and winter recreation activities. The company, through its other subsidiaries, invests in housing and other real estate investments. IDACORP, Inc. was founded in 1915 and is headquartered in Boise, Idaho.

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