Analyzing The Hong Kong and China Gas (HOKCY) and Spire (SR)

The Hong Kong and China Gas (OTCMKTS: HOKCY) and Spire (NYSE:SR) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

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0.0% of The Hong Kong and China Gas shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 82.9% of Spire shares are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of Spire shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

The Hong Kong and China Gas has a beta of 0.65, suggesting that its stock price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Spire has a beta of 0.14, suggesting that its stock price is 86% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares The Hong Kong and China Gas and Spire’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
The Hong Kong and China Gas N/A N/A N/A
Spire 12.86% 8.91% 2.76%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares The Hong Kong and China Gas and Spire’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
The Hong Kong and China Gas $3.68 billion 7.79 $959.71 million N/A N/A
Spire $1.74 billion 1.90 $161.60 million $4.92 13.89

The Hong Kong and China Gas has higher revenue and earnings than Spire.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for The Hong Kong and China Gas and Spire, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
The Hong Kong and China Gas 0 0 0 0 N/A
Spire 2 2 2 0 2.00

Spire has a consensus target price of $67.80, suggesting a potential downside of 0.80%. Given Spire’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Spire is more favorable than The Hong Kong and China Gas.

Dividends

The Hong Kong and China Gas pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Spire pays an annual dividend of $2.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. Spire pays out 45.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Spire beats The Hong Kong and China Gas on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Profile

The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited is a company principally engaged in production, distribution and marketing of gas, water supply. The Company operates through four segments: the Gas, Water and Related Businesses segment, the New Energy segment, the Property segment, and the Other segments. The Gas, Water and Related Businesses segment is engaged in the gas, water and related businesses including utility businesses in Mainland China, and Hong Kong gas business. Utility businesses in Mainland China include city gas operations, construction of natural gas pipelines and natural gas storage facilities, water supply and wastewater operations. In addition, it also manufactures and sells home appliances, kitchen furnishings, and household goods. Hong Kong gas business includes production, distribution and sales of gas to residential and commercial markets.

Spire Company Profile

Spire Inc., formerly The Laclede Group, Inc., is engaged to transform its business and pursue growth by growing its gas utility business through prudent investment in infrastructure upgrades and organic growth initiatives; acquire and integrate gas utilities; modernize its gas assets, and invest in innovation. The Company has two business segments, which include gas utility and gas marketing. The gas utility segment includes the regulated operations of Laclede Gas Company (Laclede Gas), Alabama Gas Corporation (Alagasco) and EnergySouth, Inc. (EnergySouth). The gas marketing segment includes Laclede Energy Resources, Inc. (LER), a subsidiary engaged in the marketing of natural gas and related activities on a non-regulated basis. Laclede Gas is engaged in the purchase, retail distribution and sale of natural gas, serving residential, commercial and industrial customers, through Missouri Gas Energy (MGE), Kansas City and western Missouri.

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