The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited, together with its subsidiaries, produces, distributes, and markets gas in Hong Kong and Mainland China.
Established dividend payer with mediocre balance sheet.
Share Price & News
How has Hong Kong and China Gas's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?
Latest Share Price and Events
Stable Share Price: HCG has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.
7 Day Return
DE Gas Utilities
1 Year Return
DE Gas Utilities
Return vs Industry: HCG underperformed the German Gas Utilities industry which returned 8% over the past year.
Return vs Market: HCG underperformed the German Market which returned 15% over the past year.
Price Volatility Vs. Market
How volatile is Hong Kong and China Gas's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?
Simply Wall St News
No news available
Is Hong Kong and China Gas undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?
Price to Earnings (PE) ratio
Share Price vs. Fair Value
Below Fair Value: HCG (€1.78) is trading above our estimate of fair value (€1.04)
Significantly Below Fair Value: HCG is trading above our estimate of fair value.
Price To Earnings Ratio
PE vs Industry: HCG is poor value based on its PE Ratio (30.7x) compared to the Gas Utilities industry average (16.7x).
PE vs Market: HCG is poor value based on its PE Ratio (30.7x) compared to the German market (21.1x).
Price to Earnings Growth Ratio
PEG Ratio: HCG is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (5.7x)
Price to Book Ratio
PB vs Industry: HCG is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (4x) compared to the XE Gas Utilities industry average (1.3x).
How is Hong Kong and China Gas forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 12 analysts?
Forecasted annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts
Analyst Future Growth Forecasts
Earnings vs Savings Rate: HCG's forecast earnings growth (5.4% per year) is above the savings rate (-0.4%).
Earnings vs Market: HCG's earnings (5.4% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the German market (13.3% per year).
High Growth Earnings: HCG's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.
Revenue vs Market: HCG's revenue (7.8% per year) is forecast to grow faster than the German market (5% per year).
High Growth Revenue: HCG's revenue (7.8% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.
Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts
Future Return on Equity
Future ROE: HCG's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (13.2%).
How has Hong Kong and China Gas performed over the past 5 years?
Historical annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue History
Quality Earnings: HCG has high quality earnings.
Growing Profit Margin: HCG's current net profit margins (20.9%) are lower than last year (23.5%).
Past Earnings Growth Analysis
Earnings Trend: HCG's earnings have grown by 4.8% per year over the past 5 years.
Accelerating Growth: HCG's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.
Earnings vs Industry: HCG had negative earnings growth (-1.5%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Gas Utilities industry average (10.6%).
Return on Equity
High ROE: HCG's Return on Equity (13%) is considered low.
Return on Assets
Return on Capital Employed
How is Hong Kong and China Gas's financial position?
Financial Position Analysis
Short Term Liabilities: HCG's short term assets (HK$19.7B) do not cover its short term liabilities (HK$24.8B).
Long Term Liabilities: HCG's short term assets (HK$19.7B) do not cover its long term liabilities (HK$37.2B).
Debt to Equity History and Analysis
Debt Level: HCG's debt to equity ratio (52.9%) is considered high.
Reducing Debt: HCG's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 54% to 52.9% over the past 5 years.
Debt Coverage: HCG's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (24%).
Interest Coverage: HCG's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (11.5x coverage).
Inventory Level: HCG has a high level of physical assets or inventory.
Debt Coverage by Assets: HCG's debt is not covered by short term assets (assets are 0.5x debt).
What is Hong Kong and China Gas's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?
Current Dividend Yield
Dividend Yield vs Market
Current dividend yield vs market & industry
Notable Dividend: HCG's dividend (2.16%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the German market (1.31%).
High Dividend: HCG's dividend (2.16%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the German market (3.59%).
Stability and Growth of Payments
Stable Dividend: HCG's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.
Growing Dividend: HCG's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.
Current Payout to Shareholders
Dividend Coverage: With its reasonable payout ratio (66.2%), HCG's dividend payments are covered by earnings.
Future Payout to Shareholders
Future Dividend Coverage: HCG's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be covered by earnings (73.5% payout ratio).
How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?
Average board tenure
Alfred Chan (68yo)
Mr. Wing Kin Chan, also known as Alfred, B.B.S., C.Eng., F.H.K.I.E., F.I. Mech.E., F.I.G.E.M., F.E.I., M.Sc. (Eng), B.Sc. (Eng), has been the Managing Director of The Hong Kong And China Gas Company Limite ...
CEO Compensation Analysis
Compensation vs Market: Alfred's total compensation ($USD4.87M) is about average for companies of similar size in the German market ($USD4.37M).
Compensation vs Earnings: Alfred's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.
|MD & Executive Director||22.8yrs||HK$37.80m||0.0019% HK$585.8k|
|COO of Utilities Business & Executive Director||7yrs||HK$16.30m||no data|
|Independent Non-Executive Director||1.1yrs||no data||no data|
|Joint Chairmen||0.8yrs||HK$300.00k||no data|
|Joint Chairmen||0.8yrs||HK$300.00k||no data|
|Non-Executive Director||36.6yrs||HK$400.00k||no data|
|Independent Non-Executive Director||36.1yrs||HK$700.00k||0.30% HK$90.7m|
|Independent Non-Executive Director||10.3yrs||HK$700.00k||0.0013% HK$398.7k|
Experienced Board: HCG's board of directors are considered experienced (8.6 years average tenure).
Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?
Insider Trading Volume
Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.
Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.
The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources
- Name: The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited
- Ticker: HCG
- Exchange: DB
- Founded: 1862
- Industry: Gas Utilities
- Sector: Utilities
- Market Cap: HK$258.276b
- Listing Market Cap: HK$30.669b
- Shares outstanding: 16.93b
- Website: https://www.towngas.com
Number of Employees
- The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited
- 363 Java Road
- 23rd Floor
- North Point
- Hong Kong
|Ticker||Exchange||Primary Security||Security Type||Country||Currency||Listed on|
|HOKC.Y||OTCPK (Pink Sheets LLC)||SPONSORED ADR||US||USD||Mar 1991|
|3||SEHK (The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Ltd.)||Yes||Ordinary Shares||HK||HKD||Jan 1992|
|HCG||DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)||Yes||Ordinary Shares||DE||EUR||Jan 1992|
|HOKC.F||OTCPK (Pink Sheets LLC)||Yes||Ordinary Shares||US||USD||Jan 1992|
|3||SHSC (Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited - Shanghai - Hong Kong Stock Connect)||Yes||Ordinary Shares||HK||HKD||Jan 1992|
|3||SZSC (The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong - Shenzhen - Hong Kong Stock Connect)||Yes||Ordinary Shares||HK||HKD||Jan 1992|
The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited, together with its subsidiaries, produces, distributes, and markets gas in Hong Kong and Mainland China. It is involved in the provision of liquefied natural gas, methanol, and coal and other chemicals; conversion and utilization of biomass, and industrial and agricultural waste; and operation of natural gas refilling stations, piped city-gas projects, upstream and midstream developments, water and wastewater treatment projects, energy exploration and utilization ventures, and Aviation fuel facilities. The company operates a pipeline network of 3,600 km gas pipes severing approximately 1.9 million customers. It also provides network connectivity, and data center and cloud computing services; and engages in the software development, solution implementation, and systems integration activities. In addition, the company offers consultancy and engineering contractor services, including utilities installation, infrastructure construction, and civil and building services engineering for public and private projects; and designs and manufactures gas meters and metering systems. Further, it is involved in water production and distribution, wastewater treatment, industrial wastewater treatment, water reuse, network construction, and purified water businesses serving 1.2 million customers through a pipeline network of approximately 7,000 km. Additionally, the company manufactures polyethylene piping and fittings; and engages in the customers center, café, restaurant, retail sale, automatic meter reading system development, laboratory testing, payment gateway and related, project management, landfill gas project, financing, logistics, oil, research and development, property development, and securities investment activities. The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited was founded in 1862 and is headquartered in North Point, Hong Kong.
Company Analysis and Financial Data Status
|Data||Last Updated (UTC time)|
|Company Analysis||2020/02/17 20:53|
|End of Day Share Price||2020/02/17 00:00|
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