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CHINA RESOURES/ADR (OTCMKTS:CRPJY) and CENTRICA PLC/S (OTCMKTS:CPYYY) are both mid-cap utilities companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for CHINA RESOURES/ADR and CENTRICA PLC/S, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CENTRICA PLC/S 1 8 2 0 2.09

Risk and Volatility

CHINA RESOURES/ADR has a beta of 0.34, meaning that its share price is 66% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CENTRICA PLC/S has a beta of 0.24, meaning that its share price is 76% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares CHINA RESOURES/ADR and CENTRICA PLC/S’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CHINA RESOURES/ADR $9.82 billion 0.61 $504.08 million $1.58 11.84
CENTRICA PLC/S $39.62 billion 0.15 $244.27 million $0.59 7.14

CHINA RESOURES/ADR has higher earnings, but lower revenue than CENTRICA PLC/S. CENTRICA PLC/S is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than CHINA RESOURES/ADR, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.1% of CHINA RESOURES/ADR shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.2% of CENTRICA PLC/S shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


CHINA RESOURES/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.67 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. CENTRICA PLC/S pays an annual dividend of $0.14 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. CHINA RESOURES/ADR pays out 42.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. CENTRICA PLC/S pays out 23.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.


This table compares CHINA RESOURES/ADR and CENTRICA PLC/S’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets


CHINA RESOURES/ADR beats CENTRICA PLC/S on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.


China Resources Power Holdings Company Limited, an investment holding company, invests in, develops, operates, and manages power plants and coal mines in the People’s Republic of China. The company operates in three segments: Thermal Power, Renewable Energy, and Coal Mining. It operates and manages coal- and gas-fired power plants, wind farms, photovoltaic power projects, hydro-electric projects, and other clean and renewable energy projects. As of December 31, 2017, the company had 38 coal-fired power plants, 76 wind farms, 14 photovoltaic power plants, 2 hydroelectric plants, and 2 gas-fired plants with total attributable operational generation capacity of 36,077MW. It also produces, processes, and sells coal; and undertakes coastal thermal power, heat and power combined generation, coal-electricity integration, and other projects. In addition, the company engages in the power sale, distribution network construction and operation, distributed energy resource, and other businesses. Further, it provides various energy solutions. The company was founded in 2001 and is based in Wanchai, Hong Kong, and is considered a Red Chip company due to its listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. China Resources Power Holdings Company Limited is a subsidiary of CRH (Power) Limited.

CENTRICA PLC/S Company Profile

Centrica plc operates as an integrated energy company in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Germany, Norway, rest of Europe, the United States, Canada, and internationally. The company operates through Centrica Consumer, Centrica Business, and Exploration & Production segments. It supplies gas and electricity to residential customers, as well as offers energy-related services; and generates power from combined cycle gas turbines and nuclear assets. The company also provides installation, repair, and maintenance services for domestic central heating, plumbing and drains, and gas and kitchen appliances; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment; and water heaters, as well as offers breakdown services. In addition, it is involved in the procurement, trading, and optimization of energy; and supplies energy efficiency solutions and technologies to residential customers. Further, the company produces and processes gas and oil; develops new fields to maintain reserves; constructs, owns, and exploits infrastructure; and engages in the social enterprise investment fund activities. Additionally, it provides vehicle leasing, commercial, and insurance services, as well as energy management products and services; and operates a gas storage, and franchise network. The company also provides sea freight water transport services. It primarily supplies energy and services to approximately 25 million customers under the British Gas, Direct Energy, and Bord Gáis Energy brands. The company was formerly known as Yieldtop plc and changed its name to Centrica plc in December 1996. Centrica plc was incorporated in 1995 and is headquartered in Windsor, the United Kingdom.

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