Analyzing Essential Utilities Inc. (WTRG)’s Gross, Operating, Pretax, and Net Margins

Currently, Essential Utilities Inc. [WTRG] is trading at $40.16, down -1.50%. Until recently, the best way to gauge how the stock has performed was to look at its short-term value. The WTRG shares have lost -0.77% over the last week, with a monthly amount drifted -6.63%, and not seem to be holding up well over a long-time horizon.

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On 8, May 2023, Essential Utilities Reports Financial Results for Q1 2023. In a post published today on Yahoo Finance, Earnings per share of $0.72; Company reaffirms annual guidance.

From an analyst’s perspective:

This stock has fluctuated between a low of $38.50 and a high of $52.42 over the last 52 weeks. Currently, Wall Street analysts expect the stock to reach $54.38 within the next 12 months. Essential Utilities Inc. [NYSE: WTRG] shares were valued at $40.16 at the most recent close of the market. An investor can expect a potential return of 35.41% based on the average WTRG price forecast.

Analyzing the WTRG fundamentals

Recent quarter sales for Essential Utilities Inc. [NYSE:WTRG] were 726.45 billion which represents 3.90% growth. A company’s income per employee is $145,980 while it generates $717,927 in revenue per employee. Gross Margin for this corporation currently stands at +32.83% with Operating Margin at +28.90%, Pretax Margin comes in at +19.71%, and Net Margin reading is +20.33%. To continue investigating profitability, this company’s Return on Assets is posted at 3.00, Equity is 8.81, Total Capital is 5.62, and Invested Capital is 4.08. An extended look at the Principal structure reveals enduring liabilities to the total capital of 56.11 and enduring liabilities to assets of 42.91.

Before buying any particular stock, readers tend to pay close attention to the indicators that support and create resistance. The company’s stock is currently sitting at 39.68 points at the first support level, and at 39.20 for the second support level. However, for the 1st resistance point, the stock is sitting at 40.69, and for the 2nd resistance point, it is at 41.22.

Essential Utilities Inc. [WTRG] reported earnings per share of $0.72 for its fiscal quarter that ended on 3/30/2023. Based on the Wall Street analysts’ estimates, the company was expected to report earnings of $0.71/share, meaning a difference of $0.01 and a surprise factor of 1.40%. By comparison, the stated earnings for the previous quarter ended on 12/30/2022 were $0.44 per share as compared to estimates of $0.45 per share, a difference of -$0.01 representing a surprise of -2.20%.

Ratios To Look Out For

To put it in perspective, the Current Ratio for Essential Utilities Inc. [NYSE:WTRG] is 0.60. As well, the Quick Ratio is 0.45, while the Cash Ratio is 0.01. Considering the valuation of this stock, the price to sales ratio is 5.48, the price to book ratio is 2.34 and the P/E (TTM) ratio is 23.60.

Transactions by insiders

Insider trading has also been a hot topic recently, with 15 insiders purchasing 125,246 shares and 7 selling 49,277 shares in the past 3 months. Recent insider trading involved Franklin Chris, Chief Executive Officer, that happened on Mar 08 when 37245.0 shares were purchased. Director, Ruff Ellen T completed a deal on Nov 28 to sell 8560.0 shares.