UGI (UGI) Getting Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Report Shows

News headlines about UGI (NYSE:UGI) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. UGI earned a daily sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the utilities provider an impact score of 46.0301291108518 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

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Shares of NYSE UGI traded up $0.95 during trading on Monday, hitting $45.85. 599,633 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 834,412. UGI has a fifty-two week low of $42.51 and a fifty-two week high of $52.00. The firm has a market capitalization of $7,768.34, a P/E ratio of 20.02, a P/E/G ratio of 2.18 and a beta of 0.56. The company has a current ratio of 0.98, a quick ratio of 0.85 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.99.

UGI (NYSE:UGI) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 31st. The utilities provider reported $1.01 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.93 by $0.08. UGI had a net margin of 8.71% and a return on equity of 10.88%. The firm had revenue of $2.15 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.87 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.91 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 28.1% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts forecast that UGI will post 2.58 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Sunday, April 1st. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 15th were issued a dividend of $0.25 per share. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, March 14th. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.18%. UGI’s dividend payout ratio is currently 43.67%.

UGI has been the topic of several research reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of UGI from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, April 3rd. Citigroup dropped their price objective on shares of UGI from $49.00 to $48.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a report on Tuesday, March 27th. Bank of America reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of UGI in a report on Tuesday, February 27th. Finally, Barclays reiterated a “sell” rating and set a $47.00 price objective on shares of UGI in a report on Friday, February 2nd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $47.50.

In other news, CEO John L. Walsh sold 25,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $43.84, for a total transaction of $1,096,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 468,166 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $20,524,397.44. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, insider Roger Perreault bought 2,270 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, February 7th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $43.97 per share, with a total value of $99,811.90. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 21,049 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $925,524.53. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 2.36% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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About UGI

UGI Corporation distributes, stores, transports, and markets energy products and related services in the United States and internationally. It distributes propane to approximately 1.9 million residential, commercial/industrial, motor fuel, agricultural, and wholesale customers in 50 states through 1,900 propane distribution locations; and sells, installs, and services propane appliances, including heating systems.

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