Hanwha Q Cells (HQCL) and Its Peers Head-To-Head Analysis

Hanwha Q Cells (NASDAQ: HQCL) is one of 121 publicly-traded companies in the “Semiconductors & related devices” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Hanwha Q Cells to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and risk.


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This table compares Hanwha Q Cells and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hanwha Q Cells -0.42% -1.94% -0.40%
Hanwha Q Cells Competitors -39.46% 2.66% 2.78%

Risk and Volatility

Hanwha Q Cells has a beta of 1.7, indicating that its stock price is 70% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hanwha Q Cells’ competitors have a beta of 1.08, indicating that their average stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Hanwha Q Cells and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Hanwha Q Cells $2.18 billion -$9.20 million -65.45
Hanwha Q Cells Competitors $2.99 billion $454.69 million 25.09

Hanwha Q Cells’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Hanwha Q Cells. Hanwha Q Cells is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Hanwha Q Cells and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hanwha Q Cells 1 1 0 0 1.50
Hanwha Q Cells Competitors 1424 5556 10695 601 2.57

Hanwha Q Cells presently has a consensus target price of $8.00, suggesting a potential upside of 11.11%. As a group, “Semiconductors & related devices” companies have a potential upside of 14.95%. Given Hanwha Q Cells’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Hanwha Q Cells has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.6% of Hanwha Q Cells shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.9% of shares of all “Semiconductors & related devices” companies are owned by institutional investors. 9.8% of shares of all “Semiconductors & related devices” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Hanwha Q Cells competitors beat Hanwha Q Cells on 10 of the 12 factors compared.

Hanwha Q Cells Company Profile

Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd., formerly Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd., is a global solar energy company engaged in the manufacturing of solar modules, and the development and management of downstream solar farms. It manufactures a range of photo voltaic (PV) cells and PV modules at its manufacturing facilities in China and Malaysia using manufacturing process technologies, including those developed at its research and development facilities in Germany. It also engages in PV downstream businesses, which include developing solar power projects and providing engineering, procurement and construction services, and operation and management services. It develops and builds solar power projects incorporating its PV modules to sells them to third-party purchasers upon completion. Its principal products include PV modules, PV cells, silicon ingots and silicon wafers. It sells a range of PV modules, ranging from 250 watts to 340 watts in power output specification.

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