Contrasting Middlesex Water (MSEX) and The Competition

Middlesex Water (NASDAQ: MSEX) is one of 17 publicly-traded companies in the “UTIL-WATER SPLY” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Middlesex Water to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, valuation and dividends.

Profitability

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This table compares Middlesex Water and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Middlesex Water 17.44% 10.16% 3.54%
Middlesex Water Competitors 8.27% 9.06% 2.69%

Dividends

Middlesex Water pays an annual dividend of $0.89 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Middlesex Water pays out 64.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “UTIL-WATER SPLY” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.2% and pay out 55.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Middlesex Water and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Middlesex Water $130.77 million $22.80 million 25.72
Middlesex Water Competitors $3.27 billion $157.23 million 11.79

Middlesex Water’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Middlesex Water. Middlesex Water is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Middlesex Water and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Middlesex Water 0 0 1 0 3.00
Middlesex Water Competitors 94 264 284 17 2.34

Middlesex Water currently has a consensus price target of $40.00, indicating a potential upside of 12.68%. As a group, “UTIL-WATER SPLY” companies have a potential upside of 6.91%. Given Middlesex Water’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Middlesex Water is more favorable than its rivals.

Volatility and Risk

Middlesex Water has a beta of 0.45, indicating that its stock price is 55% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Middlesex Water’s rivals have a beta of 0.46, indicating that their average stock price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

50.1% of Middlesex Water shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 43.1% of shares of all “UTIL-WATER SPLY” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.5% of Middlesex Water shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.5% of shares of all “UTIL-WATER SPLY” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Middlesex Water beats its rivals on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

Middlesex Water Company Profile

Middlesex Water Company, together with its subsidiaries, owns and operates regulated water utility and wastewater systems. It operates in two segments, Regulated and Non-Regulated. The Regulated segment engages in collecting, treating, and distributing water on a retail and wholesale basis to residential, commercial, industrial, and fire protection customers in parts of New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. This segment also includes regulated wastewater systems in New Jersey and Delaware. The Non-Regulated segment provides non-regulated contract services for the operation and maintenance of municipal and private water and wastewater systems in New Jersey and Delaware. Middlesex Water Company was founded in 1897 and is headquartered in Iselin, New Jersey.

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