Huaneng Power International (HNP) versus The Competition Critical Analysis

Huaneng Power International (NYSE: HNP) is one of 99 publicly-traded companies in the “UTIL-ELEC PWR” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Huaneng Power International to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and risk.

Risk and Volatility

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Huaneng Power International has a beta of 0.73, indicating that its stock price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Huaneng Power International’s competitors have a beta of 0.15, indicating that their average stock price is 85% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Huaneng Power International and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Huaneng Power International 1 1 3 0 2.40
Huaneng Power International Competitors 709 3671 3055 63 2.33

As a group, “UTIL-ELEC PWR” companies have a potential upside of 11.15%. Given Huaneng Power International’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Huaneng Power International has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Huaneng Power International and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Huaneng Power International $22.56 billion $1.28 billion 37.59
Huaneng Power International Competitors $9.90 billion $512.21 million -6.72

Huaneng Power International has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Huaneng Power International is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

Huaneng Power International pays an annual dividend of $1.49 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.7%. Huaneng Power International pays out 215.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “UTIL-ELEC PWR” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.9% and pay out 91.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Huaneng Power International and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Huaneng Power International 1.22% 1.72% 0.46%
Huaneng Power International Competitors 2.17% 6.90% 1.25%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.4% of Huaneng Power International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.6% of shares of all “UTIL-ELEC PWR” companies are held by institutional investors. 6.5% of shares of all “UTIL-ELEC PWR” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Huaneng Power International competitors beat Huaneng Power International on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Huaneng Power International

Huaneng Power International, Inc., an independent power producer, generates and sells electricity and heat to the regional or provincial grid companies in the People's Republic of China and Singapore. It is involved in the development, construction, operation, and management of power plants and related projects; and generation, wholesale, and retail of power and other relating utilities. The company generates power from coal, wind, gas, oil, biomass, and hydro resources. It is also involved in the sale of coal ash and lime; loading warehousing and conveying services; port development and construction, coal mixture, and machinery leasing and repair services; installation of cold energy instrumentation; and thermal heating services. In addition, the company engages in the development of new energy distribution of coal and coal products; installation and maintenance of power equipment; water supply services; construction and operation of heating pipe networks; power supply, energy transmission, and substation project contracting; cargo transportation along domestic coastal areas; and port management, cargo loading, and water transport material supply. Further, it is involved in the real estate development, leasing, and agency services; production and sale of mineral water; and aquaculture and agriculture irrigation activities, as well as provides environment engineering, waste recycling consultancy, and industrial waste management and recycling services. As of March 31, 2017, the company had controlled generating capacity of 101,270 megawatts and a total generating capacity of 89,486 megawatts. Huaneng Power International, Inc. was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People's Republic of China.

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