CHESAPEAKE UTILITIES CORP's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2014 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. Even though sales decreased, the net income has increased, representing an increase to the bottom line. CHESAPEAKE UTILITIES CORP has very weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.30 which clearly shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has decreased from the same period last year.
During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has increased by 7.72% from the same quarter last year. The key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is in a position in which financial difficulties could develop in the near future.
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|Income Statement||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Net Sales ($mil)||120.38||122.89|
|Net Income ($mil)||10.1||9.68|
|Balance Sheet||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||4.57||3.36|
|Total Assets ($mil)||904.47||837.52|
|Total Debt ($mil)||255.83||234.61|
|Profitability||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Gross Profit Margin||21.15||20.29|
|Return on Assets||3.99||3.91|
|Return on Equity||12.01||11.76|
|Debt||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Share Data||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||14.59||14.46|
|Div / share||0.27||0.26|
|Book value / share||20.59||19.28|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||36522.0||39467.0|
BUY. The current P/E ratio indicates a significant discount compared to an average of 41.06 for the Gas Utilities industry and a value on par with the S&P 500 average of 20.44. Conducting a second comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.46 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 2.82 and a premium versus the industry average of 2.20. The price-to-sales ratio is below both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a discount. The valuation analysis reveals that, CHESAPEAKE UTILITIES CORP seems to be trading at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.
|CPK 20.42||Peers 41.06||CPK 9.30||Peers 8.48|
Discount. A lower P/E ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower growth expectations.
CPK is trading at a significant discount to its peers.
Average. The P/CF ratio, a stock’s price divided by the company's cash flow from operations, is useful for comparing companies with different capital requirements or financing structures.
CPK is trading at a valuation on par to its peers.
|CPK 19.08||Peers 20.52||CPK 16.88||Peers 11.84|
Average. An average price-to-projected earnings ratio can signify an industry neutral stock price and average future growth expectations.
CPK is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.
Premium. The PEG ratio is the stock’s P/E divided by the consensus estimate of long-term earnings growth. Faster growth can justify higher price multiples.
CPK trades at a significant premium to its peers.
|CPK 2.46||Peers 2.20||CPK 9.57||Peers 33.29|
Premium. A higher price-to-book ratio makes a stock less attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.
CPK is trading at a premium to its peers.
Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.
However, CPK is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.
|CPK 1.48||Peers 1.49||CPK 12.27||Peers 21.70|
Average. In the absence of P/E and P/B multiples, the price-to-sales ratio can display the value investors are placing on each dollar of sales.
CPK is trading at a valuation on par with its industry on this measurement.
Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.
CPK significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth
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