Head-To-Head Contrast: The Hong Kong and China Gas (HOKCY) & Ecopetrol (EC)

Ecopetrol (NYSE:EC) and The Hong Kong and China Gas (OTCMKTS:HOKCY) are both large-cap oils/energy companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Ecopetrol and The Hong Kong and China Gas, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ecopetrol 3 3 0 0 1.50
The Hong Kong and China Gas 0 0 0 0 N/A

Ecopetrol presently has a consensus price target of $12.00, suggesting a potential downside of 38.74%. Given Ecopetrol’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Ecopetrol is more favorable than The Hong Kong and China Gas.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

3.0% of Ecopetrol shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of The Hong Kong and China Gas shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Ecopetrol has a beta of 1.37, suggesting that its share price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, The Hong Kong and China Gas has a beta of 0.58, suggesting that its share price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ecopetrol 19.02% 13.38% 5.57%
The Hong Kong and China Gas N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

Ecopetrol pays an annual dividend of $0.61 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. The Hong Kong and China Gas pays an annual dividend of $0.02 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Ecopetrol pays out 56.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ecopetrol $18.77 billion 2.15 $10.77 billion $1.09 17.97
The Hong Kong and China Gas $4.17 billion 7.50 $1.07 billion N/A N/A

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

Summary

Ecopetrol beats The Hong Kong and China Gas on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Ecopetrol Company Profile

Ecopetrol S.A. operates as an integrated oil and gas company. It operates through three segments: Exploration and Production; Refining, Petrochemical, and Biofuels; and Transport and Logistics. The company produces crude oil and gas; and engages in the extraction, collection, treatment, storage and pumping or compression of hydrocarbons. It also transports and distributes hydrocarbons, derivatives, and products. The company has 8,500 kilometers of transportation pipeline systems. In addition, it commercializes crude oils and by-products, including fuel oil, virgin naphtha, cracked naphtha, aviation gasoline, and others; produces and markets polypropylene resin, compounds, and masterbatches; provides financing services; and offers refined and petrochemical products, as well as industrial service sales to customers. The company was formerly known as Empresa Colombiana de Petróleos and changed its name to Ecopetrol S.A. in June 2003. Ecopetrol S.A. was founded in 1948 and is based in Bogotá, Colombia.

The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Profile

There is no company description available for Hong Kong and China Gas Co Ltd.

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