UGI Co. (NYSE:UGI) Receives Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” from Analysts

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Shares of UGI Co. (NYSE:UGI) have earned an average rating of “Hold” from the six brokerages that are presently covering the stock, reports. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating on the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $37.75.

Separately, TheStreet raised UGI from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 16th.

NYSE:UGI traded down $0.13 during trading hours on Tuesday, hitting $44.22. 599,867 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,011,059. The company’s 50 day moving average is $42.50 and its two-hundred day moving average is $38.01. UGI has a twelve month low of $26.95 and a twelve month high of $44.78. The company has a quick ratio of 0.74, a current ratio of 0.88 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.45. The company has a market capitalization of $9.22 billion, a P/E ratio of 17.55, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.58 and a beta of 0.93.

UGI (NYSE:UGI) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 2nd. The utilities provider reported $1.18 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.10 by $0.08. UGI had a return on equity of 13.70% and a net margin of 8.11%. The firm had revenue of $1.93 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.03 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $1.17 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 3.7% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts expect that UGI will post 2.9 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, April 1st. Stockholders of record on Monday, March 15th were paid a $0.33 dividend. This represents a $1.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.99%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, March 12th. UGI’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 49.44%.

In related news, Director Ted A. Dosch purchased 10,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 9th. The shares were bought at an average price of $37.46 per share, with a total value of $374,600.00. Corporate insiders own 2.50% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Crescent Capital Consulting LLC acquired a new stake in UGI during the 1st quarter worth $28,000. Bessemer Group Inc. increased its holdings in UGI by 165.7% during the 4th quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. now owns 898 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $32,000 after purchasing an additional 560 shares in the last quarter. Safeguard Investment Advisory Group LLC bought a new position in UGI during the 4th quarter worth about $33,000. Motco increased its holdings in UGI by 10,622.2% during the 4th quarter. Motco now owns 965 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $34,000 after purchasing an additional 956 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Graves Light Private Wealth Management Inc. bought a new position in UGI during the 4th quarter worth about $36,000. 76.53% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

UGI Company Profile

UGI Corporation distributes, stores, transports, and markets energy products and related services in the United States and internationally. The company operates through four segments: AmeriGas Propane, UGI International, Midstream & Marketing, and UGI Utilities. It distributes propane to approximately 1.5 million residential, commercial/industrial, motor fuel, agricultural, and wholesale customers through 1,800 propane distribution locations; and sells, installs, and services propane appliances, including heating systems and propane-powered generators.

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