Reviewing Hanwha Q Cells (HQCL) & Its Rivals

Hanwha Q Cells (NASDAQ: HQCL) is one of 121 publicly-traded companies in the “Semiconductors & related devices” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Hanwha Q Cells to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, profitability, risk, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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0.6% of Hanwha Q Cells shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.8% of shares of all “Semiconductors & related devices” companies are held by institutional investors. 10.3% of shares of all “Semiconductors & related devices” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Hanwha Q Cells and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Hanwha Q Cells $2.43 billion $127.50 million 5.34
Hanwha Q Cells Competitors $2.99 billion $451.08 million 24.41

Hanwha Q Cells’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Hanwha Q Cells. Hanwha Q Cells is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Hanwha Q Cells and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hanwha Q Cells 0.75% 3.43% 0.69%
Hanwha Q Cells Competitors -39.46% 2.54% 2.75%

Volatility & Risk

Hanwha Q Cells has a beta of 1.7, meaning that its share price is 70% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hanwha Q Cells’ competitors have a beta of 1.08, meaning that their average share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Hanwha Q Cells and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hanwha Q Cells 1 1 0 0 1.50
Hanwha Q Cells Competitors 1421 5527 10669 595 2.57

Hanwha Q Cells presently has a consensus price target of $8.00, suggesting a potential upside of 3.23%. As a group, “Semiconductors & related devices” companies have a potential upside of 19.75%. Given Hanwha Q Cells’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Hanwha Q Cells has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

Hanwha Q Cells competitors beat Hanwha Q Cells on 10 of the 13 factors compared.

About Hanwha Q Cells

Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd., formerly Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd., is a global solar energy company engaged in the manufacturing of solar modules, and the development and management of downstream solar farms. It manufactures a range of photo voltaic (PV) cells and PV modules at its manufacturing facilities in China and Malaysia using manufacturing process technologies, including those developed at its research and development facilities in Germany. It also engages in PV downstream businesses, which include developing solar power projects and providing engineering, procurement and construction services, and operation and management services. It develops and builds solar power projects incorporating its PV modules to sells them to third-party purchasers upon completion. Its principal products include PV modules, PV cells, silicon ingots and silicon wafers. It sells a range of PV modules, ranging from 250 watts to 340 watts in power output specification.

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