The Hong Kong and China Gas (HOKCY) vs. Northwest Natural Gas (NWN) Financial Analysis

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

Profitability

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This table compares The Hong Kong and China Gas and Northwest Natural Gas’ 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
Northwest Natural Gas -7.30% 7.75% 2.10%

Volatility & Risk

The Hong Kong and China Gas has a beta of 0.58, indicating that its stock price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Northwest Natural Gas has a beta of 0.36, indicating that its stock price is 64% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.0% of The Hong Kong and China Gas shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.0% of Northwest Natural Gas shares are held by institutional investors. 1.5% of Northwest Natural Gas shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

The Hong Kong and China Gas pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Northwest Natural Gas pays an annual dividend of $1.89 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Northwest Natural Gas pays out 84.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Northwest Natural Gas has increased its dividend for 62 consecutive years. Northwest Natural Gas is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for The Hong Kong and China Gas and Northwest Natural Gas, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
The Hong Kong and China Gas 0 0 0 0 N/A
Northwest Natural Gas 2 4 0 0 1.67

Northwest Natural Gas has a consensus price target of $59.33, suggesting a potential upside of 0.91%. Given Northwest Natural Gas’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Northwest Natural Gas is more favorable than The Hong Kong and China Gas.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares The Hong Kong and China Gas and Northwest Natural Gas’ gross 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 7.91 $959.71 million N/A N/A
Northwest Natural Gas $762.17 million 2.22 -$55.62 million $2.24 26.25

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

Summary

Northwest Natural Gas beats The Hong Kong and China Gas on 7 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, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the production, distribution, and marketing of gas in Hong Kong and Mainland China. It provides clean fuels, such as liquefied natural gas, methanol, and other gasoline substitutes; and operates vehicle gas refilling stations, landfill gas projects, aviation fuel facilities, piped city-gas projects, upstream and midstream developments, water and wastewater treatment projects, and energy exploration and utilization ventures. The company operates a pipeline network consisting of approximately 3,500 kilometers of gas pipes severing approximately 1.8 million customers. The company also provides connectivity and cloud computing services to professional clients, including telecommunications carriers, international network service providers, and reputable corporations. In addition, it engages in software development, project implementation, and system integration businesses; and consultancy and engineering contractor services, such as utilities installation, infrastructure construction, trenchless technologies, and civil and building engineering services for public and private projects, as well as manufacturing smart gas meters. Further, the company is involved in café, restaurant, and retail sales businesses; the development of automatic meter reading systems; laboratory testing; gas sales, payment gateway, water supply, and related businesses; coal and logistics businesses; financial activities; and securities investment. Additionally, it offers project management, consultancy, and research and development services. The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited was founded in 1862 and is based in North Point, Hong Kong.

Northwest Natural Gas Company Profile

Northwest Natural Gas Company (NW Natural) is engaged in the distribution of natural gas. The Company’s segments include Local Gas Distribution, Gas Storage and other. The Company maintains operations in Oregon, Washington and California and conducts businesses through NW Natural and its subsidiaries. The local gas distribution business, referred to as the utility segment, serves residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and southwest Washington. The Company’s gas storage business, referred to as the gas storage segment, provides storage services for utilities, gas marketers, electric generators and industrial users from storage facilities located in Oregon and California. The Company’s other segment is referred to as non-utility and consists of non-utility investments and other business activities. The other segment consists of an equity method investment in Trail West Holdings, LLC (TWH) and other pipeline assets in NNG Financial Corporation.

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