China Mobile (Hong Kong) (NYSE: CHL) is one of 33 public companies in the “Wireless Telecommunications Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare China Mobile (Hong Kong) to related companies based on the strength of its risk, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

2.0% of China Mobile (Hong Kong) shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 39.8% of shares of all “Wireless Telecommunications Services” companies are held by institutional investors. 12.5% of shares of all “Wireless Telecommunications Services” companies 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

China Mobile (Hong Kong) pays an annual dividend of $1.65 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. China Mobile (Hong Kong) pays out 40.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Wireless Telecommunications Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.2% and pay out 69.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. China Mobile (Hong Kong) is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Volatility and Risk

China Mobile (Hong Kong) has a beta of 0.31, meaning that its share price is 69% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, China Mobile (Hong Kong)’s peers have a beta of 0.85, meaning that their average share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares China Mobile (Hong Kong) and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
China Mobile (Hong Kong) $106.68 billion $16.37 billion 12.33
China Mobile (Hong Kong) Competitors $27.09 billion $1.51 billion -244.09

China Mobile (Hong Kong) has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. China Mobile (Hong Kong) is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares China Mobile (Hong Kong) and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
China Mobile (Hong Kong) N/A N/A N/A
China Mobile (Hong Kong) Competitors -326.97% -5.76% -10.85%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for China Mobile (Hong Kong) and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
China Mobile (Hong Kong) 1 0 2 0 2.33
China Mobile (Hong Kong) Competitors 530 1686 1841 60 2.35

As a group, “Wireless Telecommunications Services” companies have a potential upside of 29.41%. Given China Mobile (Hong Kong)’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe China Mobile (Hong Kong) has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

China Mobile (Hong Kong) beats its peers on 8 of the 14 factors compared.

About China Mobile (Hong Kong)

China Mobile Limited is an investment holding company principally engaged in telecommunication and related businesses. Its main businesses include Mobile businesses, Wireline Broadband businesses and Internet of Things (IoT) businesses. Mobile businesses include two categories of services. Voice services include local calls, domestic and international long distance calls, roaming services and voice value-added services. Data services include short message services and multimedia message services, wireless data traffic services and application and information services, such as Mobile Music, Mobile Reading and Mobile Video, among others. Wireline Broadband businesses include the provision of wireline broadband and related services. The Company also provides customer services, including phone bill enquiry, among others. The Company mainly operates businesses in Mainland China.

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