Analyzing Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (CPK) and The Competition
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE: CPK) is one of 17 publicly-traded companies in the “Natural Gas Distribution” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Chesapeake Utilities Corporation to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings and profitability.
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Chesapeake Utilities Corporation pays out 50.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Natural Gas Distribution” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.3% and pay out 60.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Chesapeake Utilities Corporation has raised its dividend for 13 consecutive years.
Risk & Volatility
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation has a beta of 0.25, indicating that its share price is 75% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 0.44, indicating that their average share price is 56% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Chesapeake Utilities Corporation||7.40%||9.18%||3.41%|
|Chesapeake Utilities Corporation Competitors||2.93%||-4.43%||2.29%|
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||NetIncome||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Chesapeake Utilities Corporation||$498.86 million||$44.67 million||31.15|
|Chesapeake Utilities Corporation Competitors||$1.99 billion||$162.23 million||22.72|
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Chesapeake Utilities Corporation. Chesapeake Utilities Corporation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Chesapeake Utilities Corporation||0||5||0||0||2.00|
|Chesapeake Utilities Corporation Competitors||57||205||220||5||2.36|
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $73.00, suggesting a potential downside of 8.46%. As a group, “Natural Gas Distribution” companies have a potential upside of 1.27%. Given Chesapeake Utilities Corporation’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Chesapeake Utilities Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
61.3% of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.7% of shares of all “Natural Gas Distribution” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.2% of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of shares of all “Natural Gas Distribution” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation rivals beat Chesapeake Utilities Corporation on 9 of the 15 factors compared.
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation Company Profile
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (Chesapeake) is an energy company. The Company operates through two segments: Regulated Energy and Unregulated Energy. The Company provides natural gas distribution and transmission; natural gas supply, gathering, processing and marketing; electric distribution and generation; propane distribution; propane and crude oil wholesale marketing; steam generation, and other energy-related services. The Regulated Energy segment includes the Company’s natural gas distribution, natural gas transmission and electric distribution operations. The Unregulated Energy segment includes its propane distribution, propane and crude oil wholesale marketing, natural gas marketing and unregulated natural gas supply, gathering and processing, electricity and steam generation and other unregulated energy-related services to customers.
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