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How to buy UNITIL Corporation stock
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 513 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $529.4 million.
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UNITIL Corporation stock price (NYSE: UTL)Use our graph to track the performance of UTL stocks over time.
UNITIL Corporation shares at a glance
|Latest market close||$48.97|
|52-week range||$39.62 - $60.67|
|50-day moving average||$54.79|
|200-day moving average||$51.65|
|Wall St. target price||$56.33|
|Dividend yield||$1.55 (3.16%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$2.56|
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Is it a good time to buy UNITIL Corporation stock?
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UNITIL Corporation price performance over time
|1 week (2022-09-15)||-0.85%|
|1 month (2022-08-22)||N/A|
|3 months (2022-06-24)||-14.15%|
|6 months (2022-03-22)||N/A|
|1 year (2021-09-24)||8.77%|
|2 years (2020-09-25)||29.04%|
|3 years (2019-09-26)||63.02|
|5 years (2017-09-26)||49.76|
Is UNITIL Corporation stock undervalued or overvalued?
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 19x. In other words, UNITIL Corporation shares trade at around 19x 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 2.6087. 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 $141.1 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||$529.4 million|
|Operating margin TTM||15.3%|
|Gross profit TTM||$161.8 million|
|Return on assets TTM||3.35%|
|Return on equity TTM||9.46%|
|Market capitalisation||$798.2 million|
TTM: trailing 12 months
UNITIL Corporation share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 60.08% of net profits
Recently UNITIL Corporation has paid out, on average, around 60.08% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.16% 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 3.16% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In UNITIL Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $1.55 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 25 August 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 10 August 2022 (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 $39.6228 up to $60.6741. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
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 0.3919. 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 Electric Operations, Utility Gas 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 107,700 electric customers and 86,600 natural gas customers. Unitil Corporation was incorporated in 1984 and is headquartered in Hampton, New Hampshire.
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Frequently asked questionsWhat percentage of UNITIL Corporation is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 1.661% of UNITIL Corporation shares are held by insiders and 78.336% by institutions. How many people work for UNITIL Corporation?
Latest data suggests 513 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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