CHESAPEAKE UTILITIES CORP's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2015 has increased when compared to the same period a year ago. Sales and net income have dropped, although the growth in net income underperformed the average competitor within the industry, the revenue growth did not. CHESAPEAKE UTILITIES CORP has very weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.16 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 19.25% 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 FY15||Q4 FY14|
|Net Sales ($mil)||104.57||120.38|
|Net Income ($mil)||8.62||10.1|
|Balance Sheet||Q4 FY15||Q4 FY14|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||2.86||4.57|
|Total Assets ($mil)||1068.59||904.47|
|Total Debt ($mil)||331.89||255.83|
|Profitability||Q4 FY15||Q4 FY14|
|Gross Profit Margin||23.43||21.15|
|Return on Assets||3.84||3.99|
|Return on Equity||11.48||12.01|
|Debt||Q4 FY15||Q4 FY14|
|Share Data||Q4 FY15||Q4 FY14|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||15.27||14.59|
|Div / share||0.29||0.27|
|Book value / share||23.45||20.59|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||94183.0||83495.0|
BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 24.45 for the Gas Utilities industry and a discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 23.99. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.56 indicates valuation on par with the S&P 500 average of 2.74 and a discount versus the industry average of 3.37. The current price-to-sales ratio is above the S&P 500 average, but below the industry average. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, CHESAPEAKE UTILITIES CORP proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.
|CPK 21.89||Peers 24.45||CPK 8.71||Peers 7.63|
Discount. A lower P/E ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower growth expectations.
CPK is trading at a discount to its peers.
Premium. 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 premium to its peers.
|CPK 18.86||Peers 21.47||CPK 2.13||Peers 2.81|
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.
Discount. 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 discount to its peers.
|CPK 2.56||Peers 3.37||CPK 10.63||Peers 31.95|
Discount. 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 discount 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 1.99||Peers 2.01||CPK -7.94||Peers -16.19|
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.
Higher. A sales growth rate that exceeds the industry implies that a company is gaining market share.
CPK has a sales growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.
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