Huaneng Power International (HNP) & Its Peers Financial Comparison

Huaneng Power International (NYSE: HNP) is one of 69 public companies in the “Electric services” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Huaneng Power International to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, profitability, earnings, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

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0.4% of Huaneng Power International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.6% of shares of all “Electric services” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.5% of shares of all “Electric services” 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.

Profitability

This table compares Huaneng Power International and its peers’ 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 -23.03% 4.40% -0.42%

Risk & Volatility

Huaneng Power International has a beta of 0.62, suggesting that its share price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Huaneng Power International’s peers have a beta of 0.03, suggesting that their average share price is 97% less volatile than the S&P 500.

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 46.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Electric services” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.8% and pay out 70.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Huaneng Power International is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Huaneng Power International and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Huaneng Power International 1 1 3 0 2.40
Huaneng Power International Competitors 426 2330 2019 57 2.35

As a group, “Electric services” companies have a potential upside of 8.78%. Given Huaneng Power International’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Huaneng Power International has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Huaneng Power International and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Huaneng Power International $22.56 billion $233.81 million 8.04
Huaneng Power International Competitors $8.48 billion $470.03 million 10.83

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

Summary

Huaneng Power International beats its peers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Huaneng Power International Company Profile

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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