Chesapeake Utilities Corp

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CPK : NYSE : Utilities
$68.75 0.0 | 0.0%
Today's Range: 68.4 - 69.325
Avg. Daily Volume: 44200.0
03/24/17 - 4:02 PM ET

Financial Analysis

CHESAPEAKE UTILITIES CORP's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2016 has decreased when compared to the same period a year ago. The company grew its sales and net income significantly quarter versus same quarter a year prior, and was able to outpace the average competitor in the industry when comparing revenue growth, but not when comparing net income growth. 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 24.55% 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 FY16 Q4 FY15
Net Sales ($mil)141.87104.57
EBITDA ($mil)30.4924.5
EBIT ($mil)21.8216.69
Net Income ($mil)11.868.62

Balance Sheet Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)4.182.86
Total Assets ($mil)1229.221068.59
Total Debt ($mil)358.92331.89
Equity ($mil)446.09358.14

Profitability Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Gross Profit Margin21.4923.43
EBITDA Margin21.4823.43
Operating Margin15.3815.96
Sales Turnover0.410.43
Return on Assets3.633.84
Return on Equity10.0111.48
Debt Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Current Ratio0.420.4
Interest Expense2.642.58
Interest Coverage8.266.46

Share Data Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Shares outstanding (mil)16.315.27
Div / share0.310.29
Book value / share27.3623.45
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume45027.073087.0


BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 25.21 for the Gas Utilities industry and a discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 26.73. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.49 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 2.98 and a discount versus the industry average of 2.62. The current price-to-sales ratio is above both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a premium. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, CHESAPEAKE UTILITIES CORP proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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CPK 23.75 Peers 25.21   CPK 10.75 Peers 11.29

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.


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 19.39 Peers 21.35   CPK 2.30 Peers 3.23

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 significant discount to its peers.

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  Earnings Growth
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CPK 2.49 Peers 2.62   CPK 4.74 Peers 1.92

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.


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.

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  Sales Growth
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CPK 2.23 Peers 2.08   CPK 8.62 Peers -7.32

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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