Critical Survey: PDC Energy (PDCE) vs. The Hong Kong and China Gas (HOKCY)

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PDC Energy (NASDAQ:PDCE) and The Hong Kong and China Gas (OTCMKTS:HOKCY) are both oils/energy companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.1% of The Hong Kong and China Gas shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of PDC Energy shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares PDC Energy and The Hong Kong and China Gas’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PDC Energy $921.62 million 3.23 -$127.50 million ($3.48) -12.93
The Hong Kong and China Gas $4.17 billion 6.91 $1.07 billion N/A N/A

The Hong Kong and China Gas has higher revenue and earnings than PDC Energy.

Risk & Volatility

PDC Energy has a beta of 0.66, meaning that its stock price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, The Hong Kong and China Gas has a beta of 0.57, meaning that its stock price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500.


The Hong Kong and China Gas pays an annual dividend of $0.02 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. PDC Energy does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for PDC Energy and The Hong Kong and China Gas, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PDC Energy 0 5 18 0 2.78
The Hong Kong and China Gas 0 0 0 0 N/A

PDC Energy presently has a consensus target price of $72.32, suggesting a potential upside of 60.74%. Given PDC Energy’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe PDC Energy is more favorable than The Hong Kong and China Gas.


This table compares PDC Energy and The Hong Kong and China Gas’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PDC Energy -10.52% 3.64% 1.96%
The Hong Kong and China Gas N/A N/A N/A

PDC Energy Company Profile

PDC Energy, Inc., an independent exploration and production company, acquires, explores for, develops, and produces crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in the United States. The company's operations are primarily located in the Wattenberg Field in Colorado and the Delaware Basin in Texas. As of December 31, 2017, it had approximately 452.9 million barrels of crude oil equivalent of proved reserves; and owned an interest in approximately 2,900 gross productive wells. The company was formerly known as Petroleum Development Corporation and changed its name to PDC Energy, Inc. in June 2012. PDC Energy, Inc. was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Profile

The Hong Kong and China Gas Company Limited, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the produces, distributes, and markets gas in Hong Kong and Mainland China. It is involved in the provision of clean fuels, including liquefied natural gas, methanol, and coal and other chemicals; and engages in the conversion and utilization of biomass, and industrial and agricultural waste, as well as operation of natural gas refilling stations, aviation fuel storage facilities, piped city-gas projects, upstream and midstream developments, water and wastewater treatment projects, and energy exploration and utilization ventures. The company operates a pipeline network of 3,600 km gas pipes severing approximately 1.2 million customers. It also provides 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, trenchless technologies, and civil and building services engineering for public and private projects, as well as develops and markets proprietary smart gas meter solutions. Further, it is involved in water production and distribution, wastewater treatment, industrial wastewater treatment, water reuse, network construction, and purified water businesses; and serves 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.

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