Contrasting Clearway Energy (CWEN) & Its Competitors

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


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 3.6% and pay out 72.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

Clearway Energy has a beta of 2.21, indicating that its stock price is 121% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Clearway Energy’s peers have a beta of -0.04, indicating that their average stock price is 104% less volatile than the S&P 500.


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 8.30% 9.74% 2.59%

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Clearway Energy $1.01 billion -$8.00 million 24.16
Clearway Energy Competitors $8.55 billion $475.99 million 12.56

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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Clearway Energy and its peers, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Clearway Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A
Clearway Energy Competitors 552 2703 2271 71 2.33

As a group, “Electric services” companies have a potential upside of 7.37%. Given Clearway Energy’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Clearway Energy has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

29.0% of Clearway Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.5% 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 endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


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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