Cheniere Energy Inc. [AMEX: LNG] stock went on an upward path that rose over 0.17% on Wednesday, amounting to a one-week price increase of more than 6.34%. The company report on July 30, 2020 that Unitil Reports Second Quarter Earnings.
Unitil Corporation (NYSE: UTL) (www.unitil.com) today announced Net Income of $3.1 million, or $0.21 in Earnings Per Share (EPS), for the second quarter of 2020, a decrease of $0.9 million in Net Income, or $0.06 per share, compared to the second quarter of 2019, driven by lower gas sales margins and higher operating expenses. The second quarter of 2019 included $0.6 million in property tax abatements resulting from the Company’s litigation of property valuation assessments which contributed $0.03 per share to results in 2019.
For the six months ended June 30, 2020, the Company reported Net Income of $18.3 million, or $1.23 per share, a decrease of $12.2 million, or $0.82 per share, compared to the same six month period in 2019. In the first quarter of 2019 the Company recognized a one-time net gain of $9.8 million, or $0.66 per share, on the Company’s divestiture of its non-regulated business subsidiary, Usource. The decrease in earnings for the first half of 2020 also reflects lower gas sales margins due to warmer winter weather in 2020 compared to 2019. The Company estimates that the warmer than normal winter weather negatively affected Net Income by approximately $3.1 million, or $0.20 per share, in the first half of 2020. The Company’s GAAP Gas and Electric Gross Margins were $15.5 million and $16.5 million, respectively, for the three months ended June 30, 2020 and were $50.5 million and $33.7 million, respectively for the six month period ended June 30, 2020, including the impact on margins of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the last 12 months, LNG stock dropped by -15.07%. The one-year Cheniere Energy Inc. stock forecast points to a potential upside of 21.03. The average equity rating for LNG stock is currently 1.80, trading closer to a bullish pattern in the stock market.
The market cap for the stock reached $13.08 billion, with 253.00 million shares outstanding and 246.39 million shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 1.93M shares, LNG stock reached a trading volume of 1457451 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.
Guru’s Opinion on Cheniere Energy Inc. [LNG]:
Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for LNG shares is $66.10 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on LNG stock is a recommendation set at 1.80. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.
Morgan Stanley have made an estimate for Cheniere Energy Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Overweight, with their previous recommendation back on May 20, 2020. The new note on the price target was released on May 01, 2020, representing the official price target for Cheniere Energy Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another drop from $75 to $60, while Cowen kept a Outperform rating on LNG stock.
The Average True Range (ATR) for Cheniere Energy Inc. is set at 1.58, with the Price to Sales ratio for LNG stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 1.28. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 67.79, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 9.58.
LNG Stock Performance Analysis:
Cheniere Energy Inc. [LNG] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 6.34. With this latest performance, LNG shares gained by 3.26% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -12.53% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -15.07% in the past year of trading.
Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for LNG stock in for the last two-week period is set at 60.80, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 69.40, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 60.20 for Cheniere Energy Inc. [LNG]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 48.63, while it was recorded at 50.59 for the last single week of trading, and 51.21 for the last 200 days.
Insight into Cheniere Energy Inc. Fundamentals:
Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Cheniere Energy Inc. [LNG] shares currently have an operating margin of +20.72 and a Gross Margin at +24.15. Cheniere Energy Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +6.97.
Return on Total Capital for LNG is now 6.01, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 2.21. Additionally, LNG Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 100.04, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 81.74.
Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Cheniere Energy Inc. [LNG] managed to generate an average of $423,529 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 17.29 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.26.Cheniere Energy Inc.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 1.00 and a Current Ratio set at 1.10.
LNG Stock EPS
With the latest financial reports released by the company, Cheniere Energy Inc. posted -0.44/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 0.21/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company fail the estimates by a Surprise Factor of -309.50%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for LNG. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Cheniere Energy Inc. go to 5.00%.
Cheniere Energy Inc. [LNG] Insider Position Details
There are presently around $12,132 million, or 95.30% of LNG stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of LNG stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 22,548,204, which is approximately 3.77% of the company’s market cap and around 0.90% of the total institutional ownership; ICAHN CARL C, holding 20,155,756 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $1.05 billion in LNG stocks shares; and BLACKROCK INC., currently with $757.33 million in LNG stock with ownership of nearly 0.318% of the company’s market capitalization.
199 institutional holders increased their position in Cheniere Energy Inc. [AMEX:LNG] by around 30,619,919 shares. Additionally, 285 investors decreased positions by around 34,930,827 shares, while 66 investors held positions by with 166,861,866 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 232,412,612 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. LNG stock had 52 new institutional investments in for a total of 8,128,681 shares, while 96 institutional investors sold positions of 4,793,099 shares during the same period.