CenterPoint Energy, Inc. [NYSE: CNP] gained by 0.97% on the last trading session, reaching $29.26 price per share at the time. CenterPoint Energy, Inc. represents 507.93M in outstanding shares, while the company has a total market value of $14.86B with the latest information.

The CenterPoint Energy, Inc. traded at the price of $29.26 with 4.93 million shares were bought and sold during the latest trading session. Over the period of the last 3 months, the average trading volume of CNP shares recorded 4.62M.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. [NYSE:CNP]: Analyst Rating and Earnings

Stock traders often pay close attention what Wall Street analysts have to say about a potential investment. For CenterPoint Energy, Inc. [CNP], the latest consensus recommendation available followed its financial results for the fiscal quarter ending in December. On average, stock market experts give CNP an Outperform rating. Its stock price has been found in the range of 25.61 to 31.42. This is compared to its latest closing price of $28.98.

Wall Street analysts provide their ratings on a scale of 1 to 5, and the current average score for CenterPoint Energy, Inc. [CNP] is sitting at 2.32. This is compared to 1 month ago, when its average rating was 2.25.

For the quarter ending in Mar-19 CenterPoint Energy, Inc. [CNP] generated $3.53 billion in sales. That’s 9.21% lower than the average estimate of $3.89 billion as provided by Wall Street analysts. The three indicators above suggest that on the whole, this stock is not presenting an attractive investment option, as there are too many red flags that don’t point to a high-value ROI.

Keep an eye out for the next scheduled publication date for this company’s financial results, which are expected to be released on Fri 2 Aug (In 49 Days).

Fundamental Analysis of CenterPoint Energy, Inc. [CNP]

Now let’s turn to look at profitability: with a current Operating Margin for CenterPoint Energy, Inc. [CNP] sitting at +8.36 and its Gross Margin at +12.24, this company’s Net Margin is now 2.80%. These metrics indicate that this company is not generating as much profit, after accounting for expenses, compared to its market peers.

This company’s Return on Total Capital is 5.70, and its Return on Invested Capital has reached 4.30%. Its Return on Equity is 5.77, and its Return on Assets is 1.44. These metrics suggest that this CenterPoint Energy, Inc. does a poor job of managing its assets, and likely won’t be able to provide successful business outcomes for its investors in the near term.

Turning to investigate this organization’s capital structure, CenterPoint Energy, Inc. [CNP] has generated a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio of 113.73. Similarly, its Total Debt to Total Capital is 53.21, while its Total Debt to Total Assets stands at 33.10. Looking toward the future, this publicly-traded company’s Long-Term Debt to Equity is 137.42, and its Long-Term Debt to Total Capital is 50.41. This company is not leveraging its assets to take on debt, which stunts its growth and limits the ROI for investors.

What about valuation? This company’s Enterprise Value to EBITDA is 8.88 and its Total Debt to EBITDA Value is 4.32. The Enterprise Value to Sales for this firm is now 1.72, and its Total Debt to Enterprise Value stands at 0.49. CenterPoint Energy, Inc. [CNP] has a Price to Book Ratio of 2.24, a Price to Cash Flow Ratio of 5.90 and P/E Ratio of 46.12. These metrics show that this company has a mixed appeal, and ROI could be a gain or a loss.

Shifting the focus to workforce efficiency, CenterPoint Energy, Inc. [CNP] earns $1,314,529 for each employee under its payroll. Similarly, this company’s Receivables Turnover is 7.00 and its Total Asset Turnover is 0.41. This publicly-traded organization’s liquidity data is also interesting: its Quick Ratio is 2.01 and its Current Ratio is 2.13. This company, considering these metrics, has a healthy ratio between its short-term liquid assets and its short-term liabilities, making it a less risky investment.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. [CNP] has 507.93M shares outstanding, amounting to a total market cap of $14.86B. Its stock price has been found in the range of 25.61 to 31.42. At its current price, it has moved down by -6.87% from its 52-week high, and it has moved up 14.25% from its 52-week low.

This stock’s Beta value is currently 0.50, which indicates that it is 1.62% more volatile that the wider market. This stock’s Relative Strength Index (RSI) is at 49.78. This RSI score is good, suggesting this stock is neither overbought or oversold.

Conclusion: Is CenterPoint Energy, Inc. [CNP] a Reliable Buy?

CenterPoint Energy, Inc. [CNP] stock is presenting a less attractive investment opportunity when compared to similarly-sized corporations in the same industry. The price performance of these shares has not shown much promise, and the financial results that this company has recently delivered present a highly risky investment.