Critical Review: Clearway Energy (CWEN) & The Competition

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Clearway Energy (NYSE: CWEN) is one of 71 publicly-traded companies in the “Electric services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Clearway Energy to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Clearway Energy and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Clearway Energy $1.01 billion -$8.00 million 24.21
Clearway Energy Competitors $8.86 billion $497.07 million 11.61

Clearway Energy’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Clearway Energy. Clearway Energy 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.


Clearway Energy pays an annual dividend of $1.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.5%. Clearway Energy pays out 158.0% 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, “Electric services” companies pay a dividend yield of 3.5% and pay out 71.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Clearway Energy and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Clearway Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A
Clearway Energy Competitors 552 2707 2275 71 2.33

As a group, “Electric services” companies have a potential upside of 5.96%. Given Clearway Energy’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Clearway Energy has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

28.7% of Clearway Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.3% of shares of all “Electric services” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of Clearway Energy shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of shares of all “Electric services” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Clearway Energy and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Clearway Energy 5.20% 6.42% 1.70%
Clearway Energy Competitors 8.18% 10.47% 2.74%

Risk and Volatility

Clearway Energy has a beta of 1.83, indicating that its share price is 83% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Clearway Energy’s peers have a beta of -0.02, indicating that their average share price is 102% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Clearway Energy peers beat Clearway Energy on 9 of the 12 factors compared.

About Clearway Energy

Clearway Energy, Inc., through its subsidiaries, acquires, owns, and operates contracted renewable and conventional generation, and thermal infrastructure assets in the United States. As of December 31, 2017, it had contracted renewable and conventional generation portfolio of 5,118 net megawatt (MW). The company also owns thermal infrastructure assets with an aggregate steam and chilled water capacity of 1,319 net MW thermal equivalents, and electric generation capacity of 123 net MW. Its thermal infrastructure assets provide steam, hot water and/or chilled water, and electricity to commercial businesses, universities, hospitals, and governmental units. The company was founded in 2012 and is based in Princeton, New Jersey. NRG Yield, Inc. is a subsidiary of Global Infrastructure Partners.

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