Chesapeake Utilities Corp

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CPK : NYSE : Utilities
$77.15 up 0.2 | 0.26%
Today's Range: 75.5 - 77.45
Avg. Daily Volume: 55800.0
07/26/17 - 9:40 AM ET

Financial Analysis


CHESAPEAKE UTILITIES CORP's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2017 has decreased when compared to the same period a year ago. Even though sales increased, the net income has decreased. 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, indicating improving cash flow.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has increased by 23.13% 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 Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Net Sales ($mil)185.16146.3
EBITDA ($mil)43.4943.88
EBIT ($mil)34.6836.38
Net Income ($mil)19.1420.37


Balance Sheet Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)5.73.32
Total Assets ($mil)1238.311081.98
Total Debt ($mil)347.98330.51
Equity ($mil)460.83374.25


Profitability Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Gross Profit Margin23.4930.0
EBITDA Margin23.4829.99
Operating Margin18.7324.87
Sales Turnover0.430.4
Return on Assets3.53.73
Return on Equity9.4210.79
Debt Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Current Ratio0.370.37
Debt/Capital0.430.47
Interest Expense2.742.65
Interest Coverage12.6613.73


Share Data Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Shares outstanding (mil)16.3315.31
Div / share0.310.29
EPS1.171.33
Book value / share28.2224.45
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume55659.044276.0

Valuation


BUY. The current P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 29.76 for the Gas Utilities industry and a premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 24.66. Conducting a second comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.70 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 3.07 and a premium versus the industry average of 2.56. The current price-to-sales ratio is above both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a premium.


Price/Earnings
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Price/Cash Flow
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
CPK 28.12 Peers 29.76   CPK 10.53 Peers 11.76

Average. An average P/E ratio can signify an industry neutral price for a stock and an average growth expectation.

CPK is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.

 

Discount. 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 discount 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 21.77 Peers 25.11   CPK 6.71 Peers 3.42

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.

 
Price/Book
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Earnings Growth
1 2 3 4 5
lower   higher
CPK 2.70 Peers 2.56   CPK 3.04 Peers 42.45

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.

 
Price/Sales
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Sales Growth
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
CPK 2.31 Peers 2.12   CPK 23.48 Peers 5.89

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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