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How to buy Unitil Corporation stock | $44.27

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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 505 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$418.1 million.

How to buy shares in Unitil Corporation

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Unitil Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: UTL. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Unitil Corporation reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$44.27, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Unitil Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Unitil Corporation. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Unitil Corporation share price

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Unitil Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-29.
Latest market closeUSD$44.27
52-week rangeUSD$32.4585 - USD$63.9567
50-day moving average USD$40.6182
200-day moving average USD$41.3132
Wall St. target priceUSD$47.67
PE ratio 21.3396
Dividend yield USD$1.5 (3.44%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.008

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Is it a good time to buy Unitil Corporation stock?

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Unitil Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $44.27 from 2020-12-31

1 week (2021-01-05) 2.17%
1 month (2020-12-12) N/A
3 months (2020-10-12) 7.69%
6 months (2020-07-12) N/A
1 year (2020-01-12) N/A
2 years (2019-01-12) N/A
3 years (2018-01-12) 0.45%
5 years (2016-01-12) 23.21%

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 21x. In other words, Unitil Corporation shares trade at around 21x 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 3.5333. 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 USD$117.2 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 USD$418.1 million
Operating margin TTM 15.19%
Gross profit TTM USD$147.8 million
Return on assets TTM 2.9%
Return on equity TTM 7.99%
Profit margin 7.18%
Book value $25.363
Market capitalisation USD$643.1 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Unitil Corporation shares

There are currently 160,897 Unitil Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Unitil Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 48.9% up from 108,046 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 126690.5511811). Unitil Corporation's SIR currently stands at 1.27. In other words for every 100,000 Unitil Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1270 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 0.011% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Unitil Corporation shares, roughly 11 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.

Find out more about how you can short Unitil Corporation stock.

Unitil Corporation share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 74.26% of net profits

Recently Unitil Corporation has paid out, on average, around 74.26% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.44% 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 3.44% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Unitil Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $1.5 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 30 November 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 13 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Unitil Corporation's shares ever split?

Unitil Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 14 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 $32.4585 up to $63.9567. 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 0.3911. 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 106,100 electric customers and 83,900 natural gas customers. Unitil Corporation was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Hampton, New Hampshire.

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