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How to buy Unitil Corporation stock | $42.03

Learn how to easily invest in Unitil Corporation stock.

Unitil Corporation is an utilities-diversified business based in the US. Unitil Corporation shares (UTL) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Unitil Corporation employs 510 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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Unitil Corporation stock price (NYSE: UTL)

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Unitil Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-10-25.
Latest market close$42.03
52-week range$31.70 - $58.46
50-day moving average $45.01
200-day moving average $51.03
Wall St. target price$53.67
PE ratio 17.9966
Dividend yield $1.515 (3.54%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $2.36

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Unitil Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $42.03 from 2021-10-25

1 week (2021-10-20) -2.46%
1 month (2021-09-27) -5.83%
3 months (2021-07-27) -20.88%
6 months (2021-04-27) -15.86%
1 year (2020-10-26) 5.84%
2 years (2019-10-25) -32.66%
3 years (2018-10-26) 48.61
5 years (2016-10-26) 6.84%

Is Unitil Corporation under- or over-valued?

Valuing Unitil Corporation stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Unitil Corporation's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Unitil Corporation's P/E ratio

Unitil Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 18x. In other words, Unitil Corporation shares trade at around 18x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Unitil Corporation's PEG ratio

Unitil Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.7916. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Unitil Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Unitil Corporation's EBITDA

Unitil Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $132.9 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Unitil Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Unitil Corporation financials

Revenue TTM $439.7 million
Operating margin TTM 17.21%
Gross profit TTM $149.8 million
Return on assets TTM 3.31%
Return on equity TTM 9.03%
Profit margin 8.07%
Book value $26.62
Market capitalisation $678.5 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Unitil Corporation shares

There are currently 235,497 Unitil Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Unitil Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 7.1% up from 219,909 last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Unitil Corporation shares can be evaluated.

Unitil Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Unitil Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Unitil Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Unitil Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 62632.180851064). Unitil Corporation's SIR currently stands at 3.76. In other words for every 100,000 Unitil Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3760 shares are currently held short.

However Unitil Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Unitil Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Unitil Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Unitil Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Unitil Corporation shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0151% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Unitil Corporation shares, roughly 15 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Unitil Corporation.

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Unitil Corporation share dividends

64%

Dividend payout ratio: 64.19% of net profits

Recently Unitil Corporation has paid out, on average, around 64.19% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.58% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Unitil Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 3.58% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Unitil Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $1.515 per share.

Unitil Corporation's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

Unitil Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 26 August 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 11 August 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Unitil Corporation's shares ever split?

Unitil Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 13 December 1992. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Unitil Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Unitil Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Unitil Corporation's share price.

Unitil Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Unitil Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $31.7013 up to $58.455. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

UTL.US volatility(beta: 0.61)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Unitil Corporation's is 0.6053. This would suggest that Unitil Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Unitil Corporation overview

Unitil Corporation, a public utility holding company, engages in the distribution of electricity and natural gas. It operates through three segments: Utility Gas Operations, Utility Electric Operations, and Non-Regulated. The company distributes electricity in the southeastern seacoast and state capital regions of New Hampshire, and the greater Fitchburg area of north central Massachusetts; and distributes natural gas in southeastern New Hampshire and portions of southern and central Maine, including the city of Portland and the Lewiston-Auburn area, as well as the greater Fitchburg area of north central Massachusetts. It also operates 86 miles of interstate underground natural gas transmission pipeline that provides interstate natural gas pipeline access and transportation services primarily in Maine and New Hampshire. In addition, the company provides energy brokering and advisory services to commercial and industrial customers; and real estate management services. It serves approximately 107,100 electric customers and 85,600 natural gas customers. Unitil Corporation was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Hampton, New Hampshire.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Unitil Corporation is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 1.914% of Unitil Corporation shares are held by insiders and 74.081% by institutions.
How many people work for Unitil Corporation?
Latest data suggests 510 work at Unitil Corporation.
When does the fiscal year end for Unitil Corporation?
Unitil Corporation's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is Unitil Corporation based?
Unitil Corporation's address is: 6 Liberty Lane West, Hampton, NH, United States, 03842-1720
What is Unitil Corporation's ISIN number?
Unitil Corporation's international securities identification number is: US9132591077
What is Unitil Corporation's CUSIP number?
Unitil Corporation's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 913259107

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