Consolidated Water (CWCO) vs. Its Peers Head to Head Survey

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

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a summary of recent ratings for Consolidated Water and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

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

Consolidated Water presently has a consensus price target of $17.00, suggesting a potential upside of 15.25%. As a group, “UTIL-WATER SPLY” companies have a potential upside of 7.27%. Given Consolidated Water’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Consolidated Water is more favorable than its peers.

Dividends

Consolidated Water pays an annual dividend of $0.34 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Consolidated Water pays out 81.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Consolidated Water and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Consolidated Water $62.31 million $3.96 million 35.12
Consolidated Water Competitors $3.27 billion $157.23 million 11.79

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

Profitability

This table compares Consolidated Water and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Consolidated Water 9.87% 5.36% 5.03%
Consolidated Water Competitors 8.27% 9.06% 2.69%

Volatility & Risk

Consolidated Water has a beta of 0.79, indicating that its share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Consolidated Water’s peers have a beta of 0.46, indicating that their average share price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

51.9% of Consolidated Water shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 43.1% of shares of all “UTIL-WATER SPLY” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.2% of Consolidated Water shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.5% of shares of all “UTIL-WATER SPLY” companies are held by company 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

Consolidated Water beats its peers on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Consolidated Water

Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. develops and operates seawater desalination plants (that utilize reverse osmosis technology) and water distribution systems in areas where naturally occurring supplies of potable water are scarce or non-existent. The Company operates in three segments: retail water operations, bulk water operations and services operations. The retail water operations segment produces and supplies water to end users, including residential, commercial and government customers. The bulk water operations segment produces potable water from seawater and sells this water to governments and private customers. The services operations segment provides engineering and management services, including designing and constructing desalination plants, and managing and operating plants owned by affiliated companies. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, it provides various services to its customers in the Cayman Islands, The Bahamas, Belize, the British Virgin Islands and Indonesia.

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