Critical Review: SJW Group (SJW) & Its Rivals

SJW Group (NYSE: SJW) is one of 17 public companies in the “UTIL-WATER SPLY” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare SJW Group to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and risk.

Profitability

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This table compares SJW Group and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SJW Group 15.21% 10.57% 3.19%
SJW Group Competitors 8.27% 9.06% 2.69%

Dividends

SJW Group pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. SJW Group pays out 39.2% 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. SJW Group has increased its dividend for 50 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for SJW Group and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

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

As a group, “UTIL-WATER SPLY” companies have a potential upside of 7.05%. Given SJW Group’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe SJW Group has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
SJW Group $389.23 million $59.20 million 18.17
SJW Group Competitors $3.27 billion $157.23 million 11.79

SJW Group’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than SJW Group. SJW Group 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.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

55.1% of SJW Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 43.1% of shares of all “UTIL-WATER SPLY” companies are owned by institutional investors. 17.2% of SJW Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.5% of shares of all “UTIL-WATER SPLY” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

SJW Group has a beta of 0.23, indicating that its share price is 77% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SJW Group’s rivals have a beta of 0.46, indicating that their average share price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

SJW Group beats its rivals on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

SJW Group Company Profile

SJW Group, through its subsidiaries, provides water utility services in the United States. It engages in the production, purchase, storage, purification, distribution, wholesale, and retail sale of water. The company also provides non-tariffed services, including water system operations, maintenance agreements, and antenna site leases. Its water supply consists of groundwater from wells, surface water from watershed run-off and diversion, reclaimed water, and imported water purchased from the Santa Clara Valley Water District. The company offers water service to approximately 230,000 connections that serve approximately 1 million people residing in portions of the cities of San Jose and Cupertino, as well as in the cities of Campbell, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, and the Town of Los Gatos; and adjacent unincorporated territories in the County of Santa Clara in the State of California. In addition, it provides water service to approximately 14,000 connections, which serve 42,000 people in a service area comprising 244 square miles in the region between San Antonio and Austin, Texas. Further, the company, through its subsidiary, SJW Land Company, owns undeveloped land in Tennessee; and owns and operates commercial buildings in Tennessee. The company was formerly known as SJW Corp. and changed its name to SJW Group in November 2016. SJW Group was founded in 1866 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

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