NYSE:SR

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Market Cap

US$3.9b

Last Updated

2021/06/18 03:17 UTC

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Company Financials +

Executive Summary

Spire Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the purchase, retail distribution, and sale of natural gas to residential, commercial, industrial, and other end-users of natural gas in the United States. More Details


Snowflake Analysis

6 star dividend payer with imperfect balance sheet.


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Share Price & News

How has Spire's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?


Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: SR is less volatile than 75% of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 2% a week.

Volatility Over Time: SR's weekly volatility (2%) has been stable over the past year.


Market Performance


7 Day Return

1.8%

SR

-0.9%

US Gas Utilities

-0.2%

US Market


1 Year Return

14.1%

SR

13.6%

US Gas Utilities

39.4%

US Market

Return vs Industry: SR underperformed the US Gas Utilities industry which returned 14.5% over the past year.

Return vs Market: SR underperformed the US Market which returned 39.7% over the past year.


Shareholder returns

SRIndustryMarket
7 Day1.8%-0.9%-0.2%
30 Day3.1%3.0%3.1%
90 Day3.1%6.5%5.6%
1 Year18.6%14.1%17.6%13.6%41.7%39.4%
3 Year19.3%8.0%9.2%-0.6%59.7%49.9%
5 Year31.4%11.9%27.1%8.9%122.6%97.6%

Long-Term Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Spire's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?


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Valuation

Is Spire undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?

26.22x

Price to Earnings (PE) ratio


Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: SR ($76.3) is trading above our estimate of fair value ($73.27)

Significantly Below Fair Value: SR is trading above our estimate of fair value.


Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: SR is poor value based on its PE Ratio (26.3x) compared to the US Gas Utilities industry average (18.2x).

PE vs Market: SR is poor value based on its PE Ratio (26.3x) compared to the US market (19.6x).


Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: SR is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (3x)


Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: SR is good value based on its PB Ratio (1.6x) compared to the US Gas Utilities industry average (1.9x).


Future Growth

How is Spire forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 9 analysts?

8.7%

Forecasted annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts


Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: SR's forecast earnings growth (8.7% per year) is above the savings rate (2%).

Earnings vs Market: SR's earnings (8.7% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (15.6% per year).

High Growth Earnings: SR's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: SR's revenue (0.1% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (9.3% per year).

High Growth Revenue: SR's revenue (0.1% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.


Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts


Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: SR's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (8.9%).


Past Performance

How has Spire performed over the past 5 years?

-4.8%

Historical annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: SR has a large one-off loss of $148.6M impacting its March 31 2021 financial results.

Growing Profit Margin: SR's current net profit margins (6.8%) are lower than last year (8.2%).


Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: SR's earnings have declined by 4.8% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: SR's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: SR had negative earnings growth (-0.7%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Gas Utilities industry average (24.6%).


Return on Equity

High ROE: SR's Return on Equity (6%) is considered low.


Financial Health

How is Spire's financial position?


Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: SR's short term assets ($1.0B) do not cover its short term liabilities ($1.5B).

Long Term Liabilities: SR's short term assets ($1.0B) do not cover its long term liabilities ($4.7B).


Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: SR's debt to equity ratio (124.2%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: SR's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 125% to 124.2% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: SR's debt is not well covered by operating cash flow (9.1%).

Interest Coverage: SR's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (4.2x coverage).


Balance Sheet


Dividend

What is Spire current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?

3.42%

Current Dividend Yield


Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: SR's dividend (3.41%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.27%).

High Dividend: SR's dividend (3.41%) is in the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.36%)


Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: SR's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: SR's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.


Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: At its current payout ratio (87.8%), SR's payments are covered by earnings.


Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: SR's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be covered by earnings (59.7% payout ratio).


Next Steps

Management

How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?

6.8yrs

Average management tenure


CEO

Suzanne Sitherwood (59 yo)

9.33yrs

Tenure

US$4,404,726

Compensation

Ms. Suzanne Sitherwood has been the Chief Executive Officer of Spire Inc. (formerly, The Laclede Group, Inc.) since February 1, 2012 and has been its President since September 1, 2011. With extensive exper...


CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Suzanne's total compensation ($USD4.40M) is about average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD5.24M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Suzanne's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.


Leadership Team

Experienced Management: SR's management team is seasoned and experienced (6.8 years average tenure).


Board Members

Experienced Board: SR's board of directors are considered experienced (7.3 years average tenure).


Ownership

Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?


Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.


Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.


Top Shareholders

Company Information

Spire Inc.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources


Key Information

  • Name: Spire Inc.
  • Ticker: SR
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1857
  • Industry: Gas Utilities
  • Sector: Utilities
  • Market Cap: US$3.928b
  • Shares outstanding: 51.68m
  • Website: https://www.spireenergy.com

Number of Employees


Location

  • Spire Inc.
  • 700 Market Street
  • 4th Floor
  • St. Louis
  • Missouri
  • 63101
  • United States

Listings


Biography

Spire Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the purchase, retail distribution, and sale of natural gas to residential, commercial, industrial, and other end-users of natural gas in the United States. ...


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2021/06/18 03:17
End of Day Share Price2021/06/17 00:00
Earnings2021/03/31
Annual Earnings2020/09/30


Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.