Chunghwa Telecom (NYSE: CHT) is one of 41 public companies in the “UTIL-TELEPHONE” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Chunghwa Telecom to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk, profitability, earnings and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

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This table compares Chunghwa Telecom and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Chunghwa Telecom $7.48 billion $1.28 billion 22.73
Chunghwa Telecom Competitors $13.95 billion $1.18 billion 3.33

Chunghwa Telecom’s peers have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Chunghwa Telecom. Chunghwa Telecom 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 Chunghwa Telecom and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Chunghwa Telecom 17.08% 10.57% 8.68%
Chunghwa Telecom Competitors 8.48% 4.23% 3.78%

Volatility & Risk

Chunghwa Telecom has a beta of 0.35, meaning that its stock price is 65% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Chunghwa Telecom’s peers have a beta of 0.59, meaning that their average stock price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Chunghwa Telecom pays an annual dividend of $1.29 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. Chunghwa Telecom pays out 78.2% 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, “UTIL-TELEPHONE” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.4% and pay out 1,553.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Chunghwa Telecom and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Chunghwa Telecom 0 0 0 0 N/A
Chunghwa Telecom Competitors 363 913 942 42 2.29

As a group, “UTIL-TELEPHONE” companies have a potential upside of 165.68%. Given Chunghwa Telecom’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Chunghwa Telecom has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

3.0% of Chunghwa Telecom shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 41.4% of shares of all “UTIL-TELEPHONE” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Chunghwa Telecom shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 8.0% of shares of all “UTIL-TELEPHONE” 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.

About Chunghwa Telecom

Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd. provides telecommunication services. The Company’s segments include Domestic fixed communications business, which is engaged in the provision of local telephone services, domestic long distance telephone services, broadband access and related services; Mobile communications business, which is engaged in the provision of mobile services, sales of mobile handsets and data cards, and related services; Internet business, which is engaged in the provision of HiNet services and related services; International fixed communications business, which includes international long distance telephone services, international leased line services, international data services, satellite services, and information and communication technology (ICT) and other international services, and Others, which is engaged in the provision of non-telecom services. Its ICT service includes integrated services, such as intelligent energy network and intelligent transportation system.

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