Hoegh LNG Partners (NYSE: HMLP) is one of 144 public companies in the “TRANSPORTATION” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Hoegh LNG Partners to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, profitability and dividends.

Volatility and Risk

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Hoegh LNG Partners has a beta of 0.89, meaning that its stock price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hoegh LNG Partners’ peers have a beta of 1.19, meaning that their average stock price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

60.7% of Hoegh LNG Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.8% of shares of all “TRANSPORTATION” companies are owned by institutional investors. 16.7% of shares of all “TRANSPORTATION” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Hoegh LNG Partners and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hoegh LNG Partners 33.99% 10.71% 4.28%
Hoegh LNG Partners Competitors 0.94% 6.77% 3.13%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Hoegh LNG Partners and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Hoegh LNG Partners $143.53 million $48.78 million 11.20
Hoegh LNG Partners Competitors $3.23 billion $305.22 million 19.32

Hoegh LNG Partners’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Hoegh LNG Partners. Hoegh LNG Partners 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.

Dividends

Hoegh LNG Partners pays an annual dividend of $1.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.5%. Hoegh LNG Partners pays out 117.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “TRANSPORTATION” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.2% and pay out -1,035.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Hoegh LNG Partners has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Hoegh LNG Partners and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hoegh LNG Partners 0 0 4 0 3.00
Hoegh LNG Partners Competitors 1088 3984 4815 202 2.41

Hoegh LNG Partners presently has a consensus target price of $21.00, suggesting a potential upside of 28.44%. As a group, “TRANSPORTATION” companies have a potential upside of 8.41%. Given Hoegh LNG Partners’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Hoegh LNG Partners is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

Hoegh LNG Partners peers beat Hoegh LNG Partners on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Hoegh LNG Partners

Hoegh LNG Partners LP owns, operates and acquires floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs), liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers and other LNG infrastructure assets under long-term charters. The Company’s segments include Majority held FSRUs, Joint venture FSRUs and other. The Majority held FSRUs segment includes the direct financing lease related to the PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (Persero) Tbk (PGN) FSRU Lampung and the operating lease related to the Hoegh Gallant. The Joint venture FSRUs segment includes approximately two FSRUs, including the GDF Suez LNG Supply S.A. (GDF Suez) Neptune and the GDF Suez Cape Ann, which operate under long term time charters. The Company intends to acquire newbuilding FSRUs on long-term charters, rather than FSRUs based on retrofitted, first-generation LNG carriers. The PGN FSRU Lampung is located offshore in the Lampung province at the southeast coast of Sumatra, Indonesia.

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