CHESAPEAKE UTILITIES CORP's gross profit margin for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2014 has increased when compared to the same period a year ago. The company has grown sales and net income during the past quarter when compared with the same quarter a year ago, however, it was unable to keep up with the growth of the average competitor within its industry. CHESAPEAKE UTILITIES CORP has very weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.34 which clearly shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity decreased from the same period a year ago, despite already having very weak liquidity to begin with. This would indicate deteriorating cash flow.
During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has increased by 9.99% 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||Q2 FY14||Q2 FY13|
|Net Sales ($mil)||100.5||94.15|
|Net Income ($mil)||5.13||4.36|
|Balance Sheet||Q2 FY14||Q2 FY13|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||2.53||2.21|
|Total Assets ($mil)||821.09||779.66|
|Total Debt ($mil)||224.36||191.16|
|Profitability||Q2 FY14||Q2 FY13|
|Gross Profit Margin||17.11||16.07|
|Return on Assets||4.43||4.14|
|Return on Equity||12.28||11.99|
|Debt||Q2 FY14||Q2 FY13|
|Share Data||Q2 FY14||Q2 FY13|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||14.57||14.44|
|Div / share||0.27||0.26|
|Book value / share||20.33||18.66|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||28703.0||26830.0|
BUY. CHESAPEAKE UTILITIES CORP's P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 27.09 for the Gas Utilities industry and a value on par with the S&P 500 average of 18.06. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.20 indicates valuation on par with the S&P 500 average of 2.49 and a premium versus the industry average of 2.06. 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 17.86||Peers 27.09||CPK 8.43||Peers 8.11|
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 17.86||Peers 17.35||CPK NM||Peers 1.01|
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.
Neutral. 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's negative PEG ratio makes this valuation measure meaningless.
|CPK 2.20||Peers 2.06||CPK 12.27||Peers 11.80|
Average. A lower price-to-book ratio makes a stock more attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.
CPK is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.
Average. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.
CPK is expected to keep pace with its peers on the basis of earnings growth.
|CPK 1.31||Peers 1.46||CPK 17.44||Peers 18.92|
Discount. 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 discount to its industry on this measurement.
Average. Comparing a company's sales growth to its industry helps to determine if the company is adding or losing market share.
CPK is keeping pace with its peers on the basis of sales growth.
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