Markets appear to have stabilized for now.
On Thursday, U.S. stock markets recovered from Wednesday’s selloff but the Canadian benchmark failed to recapture its losses.
In the U.S., the Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 0.27 per cent, the S&P 500 index increased 0.37 per cent, and the Nasdaq composite index rallied 0.73 per cent.
The company pays its shareholders a monthly dividend of 6 cents per share, or 72 cents per share on a yearly basis. This equates to an annualized dividend yield of 6 per cent.
The company has maintained its dividend at this level since 2014.
There are 11 firms providing research coverage on this utility stock with a market capitalization of approximately $1.7-billion. The 11 firms providing research coverage are as follows in alphabetical order: AltaCorp Capital, BMO Capital Markets, Canaccord Genuity, CIBC World Markets, Cormark Securities, EVA Dimensions, National Bank Financial, Raymond James, RBC Capital Markets, Scotia Capital, and TD Securities.
Recommendations are mixed, five analysts currently have buy recommendations and five analysts have hold recommendations (one analyst is currently restricted on the stock).
The consensus EBITDA estimates are $288-million in 2017, rising 8 per cent to $312-million the following year. The consensus AOCF per share estimates are $1.70 in 2017, expanding to $1.89 in 2018.
The company has had positive earnings revisions. For instance, four months ago, the consensus EBITDA estimates were $266-million for 2017 and $282-million for 2018.
According to Bloomberg, the stock is trading at an enterprise value-to-EBITDA multiple of 8.4 times the 2018 consensus estimate, in-line with the seven-year historical average of 8 times.
The average one-year target price is $14.03, suggesting there is 17 per cent upside potential in the share price over the next 12 months, and a total return of 23 per cent is anticipated when you include the dividend yield. Target prices range from a low of $13 (at BMO Capital Markets) to a high of $15 (at National Bank Financial and Raymond James), implying a price return of between 9 per cent and 26 per cent . Individual target prices provided by nine firms are as follows in numerical order: $13, $13.50, $13.75, four at $14, and two at $15.
Over the past two months, there have been relatively minor revisions by analysts. Earlier this month, Benoit Laprade, the analyst from Scotia Capital, tweaked his target price higher to $13.75 from $13.50, while Raveel Afzaal, the analyst at Canaccord Genuity, reduced his recommendation to a ‘hold’ from a ‘buy’ and trimmed his target price to $13.50 from $14.25. In April, Dirk Lever from AltaCorp Capital raised his target price to by $1 to $14.
Insider transaction activity
Recent insider transactions have been relatively small. On May 16, Ed Bechberger, the president of the specialty chemicals division, purchased 1,000 shares at an average price per share of $12.25, increasing his portfolio’s position to 22,250 shares. On May 4, John Engelen, the vice-president of mergers and acquisitions, acquired 2,100 shares in the public market at an average price per share of $12.55. That same day, Val Mirosh, who sits on the board of directors, sold 600 shares at an average price per share of $13.02, reducing his portfolio’s holdings to 5,400 shares.
Year to date, the stock has been a laggard, declining 6.3 per cent, underperforming the S&P/TSX composite utilities sector index that is up 5.3 per cent. In fact, of the 15 members in the sector, Superior Plus has the lowest price performance.
Over the past two weeks, since May 3, the share price has fallen nearly 9 per cent, and from a technical perspective is in oversold territory with its relative strength index at 22. Generally, a reading at or below 30 indicates an oversold condition.
However, looking at a 10-year chart, the share price remains within its historical trading band. Over the past decade, the stock has traded principally between $10 and $14 and is currently at the mid-point of this trading range.
Should the share price recover from its recent downdraft, there is overhead resistance around $13, close to its 50-day moving average (at $12.82). After that, there is resistance around $14, at the upper end of its historical trading band.
Should the share price continue to drift lower, there is initial technical support around $11.50, and failing that, around $10.
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