Chesapeake Utilities Corp.

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CPK : NYSE : Utilities
$73.3 up 1.3 | 1.8%
Today's Range: 71.1 - 73.9
Avg. Daily Volume: 67800.0
03/22/18 - 3:52 PM ET

Financial Analysis

CHESAPEAKE UTILITIES CORP's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2017 has decreased when compared to the same period a year ago. The company has grown sales and net income significantly, outpacing the average growth rates of competitors within its industry. CHESAPEAKE UTILITIES CORP has very weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.20 which clearly shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has increased from the same period last year.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has increased by 9.01% 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 FY17 Q4 FY16
Net Sales ($mil)180.4141.87
EBITDA ($mil)32.630.49
EBIT ($mil)23.2621.82
Net Income ($mil)26.111.86

Balance Sheet Q4 FY17 Q4 FY16
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)5.614.18
Total Assets ($mil)1417.431229.22
Total Debt ($mil)457.79358.92
Equity ($mil)486.29446.09

Profitability Q4 FY17 Q4 FY16
Gross Profit Margin18.0721.49
EBITDA Margin18.0621.48
Operating Margin12.915.38
Sales Turnover0.440.41
Return on Assets4.13.63
Return on Equity11.9510.01
Debt Q4 FY17 Q4 FY16
Current Ratio0.430.42
Interest Expense3.512.64
Interest Coverage6.628.26

Share Data Q4 FY17 Q4 FY16
Shares outstanding (mil)16.3416.3
Div / share0.330.31
Book value / share29.7527.36
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume70061.048254.0


BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 17.79 for the Gas Utilities industry and a discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 25.34. Conducting a second comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.50 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 3.24 and a premium versus the industry average of 2.37. The current price-to-sales ratio is below the S&P 500 average, but above the industry average. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, CHESAPEAKE UTILITIES CORP proves to trade at a premium to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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CPK 20.93 Peers 17.79   CPK 11.03 Peers 10.50

Premium. A higher P/E ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher growth expectations.

CPK is trading at a premium 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.

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  Price to
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CPK 20.03 Peers 18.62   CPK NM Peers 4.36

Premium. A higher price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher future growth expectations.

CPK is trading at a premium to 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.

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  Earnings Growth
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CPK 2.50 Peers 2.37   CPK 23.69 Peers 278.01

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.


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.

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  Sales Growth
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CPK 1.97 Peers 1.96   CPK 23.79 Peers 11.14

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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