UNITIL (UTL) Given Daily Coverage Optimism Score of 0.19

Media stories about UNITIL (NYSE:UTL) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. UNITIL earned a media sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the utilities provider an impact score of 47.0251179216815 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

A number of research firms recently weighed in on UTL. Zacks Investment Research upgraded UNITIL from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $58.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. Royal Bank Of Canada restated a “hold” rating and issued a $47.00 price target on shares of UNITIL in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded UNITIL from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 10th.

Shares of UNITIL (UTL) opened at $51.89 on Friday. UNITIL has a 12 month low of $42.48 and a 12 month high of $52.84. The company has a quick ratio of 0.53, a current ratio of 0.56 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.04. The firm has a market capitalization of $732.73, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.94 and a beta of 0.20.

UNITIL (NYSE:UTL) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The utilities provider reported $0.16 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.12 by $0.04. UNITIL had a return on equity of 9.39% and a net margin of 7.09%. The business had revenue of $475.20 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $82.80 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.25 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 3.4% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts expect that UNITIL will post 2.03 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, November 29th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, November 15th were issued a $0.36 dividend. This represents a $1.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.78%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, November 14th. UNITIL’s dividend payout ratio is 72.00%.

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Unitil Corporation is a public utility holding company. The Company’s principal business is the local distribution of electricity in the southeastern seacoast and state capital regions of New Hampshire and the greater Fitchburg area of north central Massachusetts and the local distribution of natural gas in southeastern New Hampshire, portions of southern Maine to the Lewiston-Auburn area and in the greater Fitchburg area of north central Massachusetts.

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