COMPANHIA ENERG/S (OTCMKTS:CESDY) and MERLIN ENTERTAI/S (OTCMKTS:MERLY) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and dividends.


This table compares COMPANHIA ENERG/S and MERLIN ENTERTAI/S’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
COMPANHIA ENERG/S 7.54% 1.74% 1.16%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares COMPANHIA ENERG/S and MERLIN ENTERTAI/S’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
COMPANHIA ENERG/S $462.76 million 3.68 -$52.78 million N/A N/A
MERLIN ENTERTAI/S $2.05 billion 2.82 $269.35 million N/A N/A

MERLIN ENTERTAI/S has higher revenue and earnings than COMPANHIA ENERG/S.

Risk & Volatility

COMPANHIA ENERG/S has a beta of 1.67, indicating that its share price is 67% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MERLIN ENTERTAI/S has a beta of 0.69, indicating that its share price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500.


COMPANHIA ENERG/S pays an annual dividend of $0.43 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.3%. MERLIN ENTERTAI/S pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.1% of MERLIN ENTERTAI/S shares are owned by institutional investors. 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 Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for COMPANHIA ENERG/S and MERLIN ENTERTAI/S, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MERLIN ENTERTAI/S 1 0 0 0 1.00


COMPANHIA ENERG/S beats MERLIN ENTERTAI/S on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.


CESP – Companhia Energética de São Paulo engages in the planning, construction, and operation of electricity generation systems in Brazil. The company operates three hydroelectric power plants, including 18 generating units with a total installed capacity of 1,654.6 megawatts located in the Parana River basin in the west and the Paraiba do Sul River basin in the east of São Paulo state. It serves electricity distribution and commercialization companies, and consumers. The company was formerly known as CESP – Centrais Elétricas São Paulo S.A. and changed its name to CESP – Companhia Energética de São Paulo in October 1977. CESP – Companhia Energética de São Paulo was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil.


Merlin Entertainments plc operates visitor attraction places worldwide. The company operates midway attractions under the Madame Tussauds, The Eye Brand, SEA LIFE, The Dungeons, LEGOLAND Discovery Centres, Seal Sanctuaries, Shreks Adventure, Blackpool Tower, WILD LIFE, Australian Treetop Adventures, Hotham Alpine Resort, Falls Creek, and Little BIG City brands. It also operates resort theme parks under the Alton Towers, Chessington World of Adventures, Gardaland, Heide Park, THORPE PARK Resort, and Warwick Castle brands; and LEGOLAND parks under the LEGOLAND Billund, LEGOLAND Windsor, LEGOLAND California, LEGOLAND Deutschland, LEGOLAND Florida, LEGOLAND Malaysia, LEGOLAND Dubai, and LEGOLAND Japan brands. The company operates approximately 120 attractions, 18 hotels, and 6 holiday villages in 25 countries and across 4 continents. Merlin Entertainments plc was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Poole, the United Kingdom.

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