United Utilities Group PLC (UU) is a leading utilities-regulated water business based in the UK. It opened the day at 939.8p after a previous close of 930.6p. During the day the price has varied from a low of 911.4p to a high of 939.8p. The latest price was 917.4p (25 minute delay). United Utilities Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and employs 5,000 staff. All prices are listed in pence sterling.
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, United Utilities Group's share price has had significant negative movement.
Its last market close was 888.4p, which is 16.03% down on its pre-crash value of 1058p and 19.57% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as 743p.
If you had bought £1,000 worth of United Utilities Group shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth £759.78 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 £883.96.
|52-week range||710.0062p - 1021.0521p|
|50-day moving average||916.9p|
|200-day moving average||890.9775p|
|Wall St. target price||809.27p|
|Dividend yield||0.43p (4.78%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||16.1p|
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|3 months (2020-10-16)||3.26%|
|6 months (2020-07-17)||5.01%|
Valuing United Utilities Group stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of United Utilities Group's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
United Utilities Group's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 56x. In other words, United Utilities Group shares trade at around 56x recent earnings.
That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the FTSE 250 at the end of September 2019 (19.71). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.
United Utilities Group's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.45. 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 United Utilities Group's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
United Utilities Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is a whopping £1.1 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a United Utilities Group's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||£1.8 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||37.96%|
|Gross profit TTM||£1.7 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||3.02%|
|Return on equity TTM||3.75%|
|Market capitalisation||£6.1 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like United Utilities Group.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Total ESG risk: 22.63
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and United Utilities Group's overall score of 22.63 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 22nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like United Utilities Group is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
Environmental score: 8.37/100
United Utilities Group's environmental score of 8.37 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that United Utilities Group is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Social score: 9.64/100
United Utilities Group's social score of 9.64 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that United Utilities Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Governance score: 9.62/100
United Utilities Group's governance score puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that United Utilities Group is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, United Utilities Group scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that United Utilities Group has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.
|Total ESG score||22.63|
|Total ESG percentile||21.64|
|Environmental score percentile||5|
|Social score percentile||5|
|Governance score percentile||5|
|Level of controversy||2|
Dividend payout ratio: 26756.25% of net profits
Recently United Utilities Group has paid out, on average, around 26756.25% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.78% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), United Utilities Group shareholders could enjoy a 4.78% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In United Utilities Group's case, that would currently equate to about 0.43p per share.
United Utilities Group'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.
The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 17 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Over the last 12 months, United Utilities Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as 710.0062p up to 1021.0521p. 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 (LSE average) beta is 1, while United Utilities Group's is 0.1979. This would suggest that United Utilities Group's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
United Utilities Group PLC provides water and wastewater services in the United Kingdom. It is also involved in renewable energy generation, corporate trustee, financing, and property management activities; and the provision of waste treatment, consulting, and project management services. The company operates 42,000 kilometers (km) of water pipes; 78,000 km of wastewater pipes; 566 wastewater treatment works; and 86 water treatment works. It serves 3 million households and 200,000 business customers. United Utilities Group PLC was incorporated in 2008 is based in Warrington, the United Kingdom.
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