UGI Corp (NYSE:UGI) CEO John L. Walsh sold 25,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on 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 sale, the chief executive officer now owns 468,166 shares in the company, valued at $20,524,397.44. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link.

Shares of UGI Corp (NYSE UGI) opened at $43.48 on Friday. UGI Corp has a 52 week low of $42.51 and a 52 week high of $52.00. The company has a quick ratio of 0.85, a current ratio of 0.98 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.99. The stock has a market cap of $7,526.12, a P/E ratio of 13.46, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.11 and a beta of 0.62.

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UGI (NYSE:UGI) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, January 31st. The utilities provider reported $1.01 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ 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 business had revenue of $2.15 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.87 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.91 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 28.1% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts anticipate that UGI Corp will post 2.58 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Sunday, April 1st. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 15th will be paid a $0.25 dividend. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.30%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, March 14th. UGI’s dividend payout ratio is presently 30.96%.

A number of brokerages recently commented on UGI. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of UGI from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday. Barclays reiterated a “sell” rating and issued a $47.00 target price on shares of UGI in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. Finally, Bank of America reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of UGI in a research note on Tuesday, February 27th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $47.33.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado lifted its stake in UGI by 3.4% in the 4th quarter. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado now owns 33,355 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $1,566,000 after purchasing an additional 1,102 shares in the last quarter. Rhumbline Advisers lifted its stake in UGI by 0.4% in the 3rd quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 308,020 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $14,434,000 after purchasing an additional 1,116 shares in the last quarter. Kistler Tiffany Companies LLC lifted its stake in UGI by 41.6% in the 4th quarter. Kistler Tiffany Companies LLC now owns 4,224 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $198,000 after purchasing an additional 1,242 shares in the last quarter. M&T Bank Corp lifted its stake in UGI by 0.9% in the 4th quarter. M&T Bank Corp now owns 144,901 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $6,803,000 after purchasing an additional 1,242 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Advisor Group Inc. lifted its stake in UGI by 25.3% in the 4th quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 8,505 shares of the utilities provider’s stock worth $400,000 after purchasing an additional 1,719 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 78.14% of the company’s stock.

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About UGI

UGI Corporation is a holding company. The Company distributes, stores, transports and markets energy products and related services. It operates through six segments. The AmeriGas Propane segment consists of the propane distribution business of AmeriGas Partners, L.P. The UGI France segment consists of the French LPG distribution business of its subsidiaries, Antargaz, Finagaz and its liquefied petroleum gases (LPG) distribution businesses.

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