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Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (CPK) is a leading utilities-regulated gas business based in the US. It opened the day at $119.77 after a previous close of $120.26. During the day the price has varied from a low of $118.58 to a high of $120.85. The latest price was $120.28 (25 minute delay). Chesapeake Utilities is listed on the NYSE and employs 947 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How has coronavirus impacted Chesapeake Utilities's share price?

Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, Chesapeake Utilities's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was $114.56, which is 14.25% up on its pre-crash value of $98.23 and 64.91% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as $69.47.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Chesapeake Utilities shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $739.42 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $1,170.80.

Chesapeake Utilities share price

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Chesapeake Utilities shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-06-15.
Open$119.77
High$120.85
Low$118.58
Close$120.28
Previous close$120.26
Change $0.02
Change % 0.0166%
Volume 27,627
Information last updated 2021-06-09.
52-week range$72.3115 - $122.72
50-day moving average $117.9647
200-day moving average $110.8989
Wall St. target price$123.57
PE ratio 26.2001
Dividend yield $1.76 (1.48%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $4.508
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Chesapeake Utilities price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $120.28

1 week (2021-06-08) 1.84%
1 month (2021-05-14) 0.56%
3 months (2021-03-16) -0.08%
6 months (2020-12-16) 10.05%
1 year (2020-06-16) 42.17%
2 years (2019-06-14) 28.45%
3 years (2018-06-15) 59.00%
5 years (2016-06-16) 99.97%

Is Chesapeake Utilities under- or over-valued?

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

P/E ratio

Chesapeake Utilities's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 26x. In other words, Chesapeake Utilities shares trade at around 26x recent earnings.

That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29).

PEG ratio

Chesapeake Utilities's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.0838. Higher PEG ratios such as this can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value given the current rate of growth.

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

EBITDA

Chesapeake Utilities's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $193.1 million.

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

Financials

Revenue TTM $526.7 million
Operating margin TTM 23.17%
Gross profit TTM $194.6 million
Return on assets TTM 4.08%
Return on equity TTM 11.61%
Profit margin 14.63%
Book value $41.457
Market capitalisation $2.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell Chesapeake Utilities shares

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There are currently 251,099 Chesapeake Utilities shares held short by investors – that's known as the "short interest". This figure is 19% down from 310,097 last month.

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

Short interest ratio (SIR)

Chesapeake Utilities's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Chesapeake Utilities shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Chesapeake Utilities shares traded daily (recently around 45324.729241877). Chesapeake Utilities's SIR currently stands at 5.54. In other words for every 100,000 Chesapeake Utilities shares traded daily on the market, roughly 5540 shares are currently held short.

However Chesapeake Utilities's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Chesapeake Utilities shares, or, against the total number of tradable Chesapeake Utilities shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Chesapeake Utilities's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Chesapeake Utilities shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0209% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Chesapeake Utilities shares, roughly 21 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Chesapeake Utilities.

Find out more about how you can short Chesapeake Utilities stock.

Chesapeake Utilities share dividends

1.5%

Dividend yield: 1.48% of stock value

1.6%

Forward annual dividend yield: 1.62% of stock value

40.9%

Dividend payout ratio: 40.91% of net profits

Chesapeake Utilities has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 1.48% of its share value annually.

Chesapeake Utilities has paid out, on average, around 40.91% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.62% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), shareholders could enjoy a 1.62% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Chesapeake Utilities's case, that would currently equate to about $1.76 per share.

While Chesapeake Utilities's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that it may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Chesapeake Utilities's most recent dividend payout was on 6 July 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 14 June 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Chesapeake Utilities's shares ever split?

Chesapeake Utilities's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 9 September 2014. So if you had owned 2 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Chesapeake Utilities shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Chesapeake Utilities shares which in turn could have impacted Chesapeake Utilities's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Chesapeake Utilities's shares have ranged in value from as little as $72.3115 up to $122.72. 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 Chesapeake Utilities's is 0.3696. This would suggest that Chesapeake Utilities's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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