Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE: CPK) is one of 17 public companies in the “Natural Gas Distribution” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Chesapeake Utilities Corporation to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk and institutional ownership.

Risk and Volatility

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation has a beta of 0.25, indicating that its stock price is 75% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 0.44, indicating that their average stock price is 56% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and its competitors’ 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 4.26% -3.43% 2.73%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation $498.86 million $44.67 million 31.25
Chesapeake Utilities Corporation Competitors $1.99 billion $162.23 million 22.77

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Chesapeake Utilities Corporation. Chesapeake Utilities Corporation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Chesapeake Utilities Corporation and its competitors, as reported 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 presently has a consensus target price of $73.00, indicating a potential downside of 8.75%. As a group, “Natural Gas Distribution” companies have a potential downside of 0.64%. Given Chesapeake Utilities Corporation’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Chesapeake Utilities Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

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 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 increased its dividend for 13 consecutive years.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

61.2% of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.6% 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 endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation competitors 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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