Critical Contrast: Hawaiian Electric Industries (NYSE: HE) vs. Principal Solar (OTCMKTS: PSWW)

Principal Solar (OTCMKTS:PSWW – Get Rating) and Hawaiian Electric Industries (NYSE:HE – Get Rating) are both oil/energy companies, but which is the better company? We’ll compare the two companies based on valuation strength, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, risk and earnings.

Volatility and risk

Principal Solar has a beta of 9.06, indicating its stock price is 806% more volatile than the S&P 500. In comparison, Hawaiian Electric Industries has a beta of 0.3, indicating its stock price is 70 % less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

52.1% of the shares of Hawaiian Electric Industries are held by institutional investors. 39.2% of Principal Solar’s shares are held by insiders. By comparison, 0.9% of Hawaiian Electric Industries stock is held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership indicates that large fund managers, endowments, and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for the major solar and Hawaiian electric industries, as provided by

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
Main solar 0 0 0 0 N / A
Hawaiian Electrical Industries 0 1 0 0 2.00

Hawaiian Electric Industries has a consensus price target of $41.00, indicating a potential upside of 2.37%. Given the possible higher upside of Hawaiian Electric Industries, analysts clearly believe that Hawaiian Electric Industries is more favorable than Principal Solar.

Valuation and benefits

This table compares the revenue, earnings per share (EPS), and valuation of Principal Solar and Hawaiian Electric Industries.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
Main solar N / A N / A N / A N / A N / A
Hawaiian Electrical Industries $2.85 billion 1.54 $248.06 million $2.29 5:49 p.m.

Hawaiian Electric Industries has higher revenues and profits than Principal Solar.


This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of Principal Solar and Hawaiian Electric Industries.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
Main solar N / A N / A N / A
Hawaiian Electrical Industries 8.45% 10.71% 1.60%


Hawaiian Electric Industries beats Principal Solar on 6 out of 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Main Solar Company Profile (Get a rating)

Principal Solar, Inc. focuses on the renewable energy and natural gas sectors. The company was incorporated in 2012 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

Hawaiian Electric Industries Company Profile (Get a rating)

Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in investing in electric utilities, banking, and renewable/sustainable infrastructure in the State of Hawaii. It operates in three segments: Electric Utility, Bank and Other. The Electric Utilities segment is engaged in the generation, purchase, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity in the islands of Oahu, Hawaii, Maui, Lanai and of Molokai. Its renewable energy sources and potential sources include wind, solar, photovoltaic, geothermal, wave, hydroelectric, municipal waste and other biofuels. This segment serves suburban communities, resorts, US Armed Forces installations and agricultural operations. The Banking segment operates a community bank that provides banking and other financial services to consumers and businesses, including savings and checking accounts; and loans including residential and commercial real estate, residential mortgage, construction and development, multifamily residential and commercial real estate, consumer and commercial loans. This segment operates 42 branches, including 29 branches in Oahu, 6 branches in Maui, 4 branches in Hawaii, 2 branches in Kauai and 1 branch in Molokai. The Others segment invests in unregulated renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure in the State of Hawaii. Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. was incorporated in 1891 and is headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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