Chesapeake Utilities Corp

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CPK : NYSE : Utilities
$61.06 up 0.33 | 0.54%
Today's Range: 60.50 - 61.55
Avg. Daily Volume: 71,200
09/30/16 - 4:02 PM ET

Financial Analysis


CHESAPEAKE UTILITIES CORP's gross profit margin for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2016 has increased when compared to the same period a year ago. The company managed to grow both sales and net income at a faster pace than the average competitor in its industry this quarter as compared to the same quarter a year ago. 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 has decreased from the same period last year.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has increased by 8.08% 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 FY16 Q2 FY15
Net Sales ($mil)102.3492.68
EBITDA ($mil)23.3919.21
EBIT ($mil)15.6111.67
Net Income ($mil)8.036.29


Balance Sheet Q2 FY16 Q2 FY15
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)3.272.1
Total Assets ($mil)1097.05970.64
Total Debt ($mil)335.98260.09
Equity ($mil)379.55351.18


Profitability Q2 FY16 Q2 FY15
Gross Profit Margin22.8620.73
EBITDA Margin22.8520.73
Operating Margin15.2512.59
Sales Turnover0.410.49
Return on Assets3.844.19
Return on Equity11.111.58
Debt Q2 FY16 Q2 FY15
Current Ratio0.310.39
Debt/Capital0.470.43
Interest Expense2.622.49
Interest Coverage5.954.7


Share Data Q2 FY16 Q2 FY15
Shares outstanding (mil)15.3215.24
Div / share0.310.29
EPS0.520.41
Book value / share24.7823.04
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume80070.080612.0

Valuation


BUY. The current P/E ratio indicates a significant discount compared to an average of 37.69 for the Gas Utilities industry and a discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 25.19. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.54 indicates valuation on par with the S&P 500 average of 2.82 and a discount versus the industry average of 3.46. 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.


Price/Earnings
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Price/Cash Flow
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
CPK 22.99 Peers 37.69   CPK 10.55 Peers 11.08

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.

 
Price/Projected
Earnings
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Price to
Earnings/Growth
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
CPK 19.44 Peers 25.62   CPK 3.29 Peers 2.26

Discount. A lower price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower future growth expectations.

CPK is trading at a discount to 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.

 
Price/Book
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Earnings Growth
1 2 3 4 5
lower   higher
CPK 2.54 Peers 3.46   CPK -0.73 Peers -23.01

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 significant discount to its peers.

 

Higher. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.

CPK is expected to have an earnings growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.

 
Price/Sales
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Sales Growth
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
CPK 2.17 Peers 2.22   CPK -6.25 Peers -17.39

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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