Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (CPK) & Its Competitors Critical Contrast

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE: CPK) is one of 16 publicly-traded companies in the “Natural Gas Distribution” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Chesapeake Utilities Corporation to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation 0 5 0 0 2.00
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation Competitors 56 204 215 5 2.35

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $73.00, suggesting a potential downside of 8.92%. As a group, “Natural Gas Distribution” companies have a potential upside of 1.06%. 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.

Dividends

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 48.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Natural Gas Distribution” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.5% and pay out 62.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Chesapeake Utilities Corporation has increased its dividend for 13 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation $498.86 million $44.67 million 29.80
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation Competitors $2.04 billion $171.22 million 15.84

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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

60.4% of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.4% of shares of all “Natural Gas Distribution” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.2% of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of shares of all “Natural Gas Distribution” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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 7.58% 9.58% 3.46%
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation Competitors 4.40% -9.37% 3.20%

Risk and Volatility

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation has a beta of 0.25, suggesting that its share price is 75% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 0.42, suggesting that their average share price is 58% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation rivals beat Chesapeake Utilities Corporation on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Chesapeake Utilities Corporation

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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