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Hawaiian Electric Industries

Dividend Yield: 4.60%

Hawaiian Electric Industries (NYSE:HE) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.60%.

Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc., through its subsidiaries, primarily engages in electric utility and banking businesses primarily in Hawaii. It operates in two segments, Electric Utility and Bank. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.82.

The average volume for Hawaiian Electric Industries has been 446,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Hawaiian Electric Industries has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 7.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hawaiian Electric Industries as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 407.45% to $48.32 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC INDS has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 24.61%.
  • HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC INDS's earnings per share declined by 15.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Stable earnings per share over the past year indicate the company has sound management over its earnings and share float. We anticipate these figures will begin to experience more growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC INDS reported lower earnings of $1.43 versus $1.44 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.60 versus $1.43).
  • HE, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 18.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 3.8%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Even though the current debt-to-equity ratio is 1.07, it is still below the industry average, suggesting that this level of debt is acceptable within the Electric Utilities industry.

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