Contrasting Pure Cycle (PCYO) & Its Competitors

Pure Cycle (NASDAQ: PCYO) 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 Pure Cycle to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Pure Cycle and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pure Cycle 0 0 1 0 3.00
Pure Cycle Competitors 94 265 284 17 2.34

As a group, “UTIL-WATER SPLY” companies have a potential upside of 7.59%. Given Pure Cycle’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Pure Cycle has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

67.9% of Pure Cycle shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 43.1% of shares of all “UTIL-WATER SPLY” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.8% of Pure Cycle 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 large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Pure Cycle has a beta of 0.92, indicating that its share price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pure Cycle’s rivals have a beta of 0.46, indicating that their average share price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Pure Cycle and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pure Cycle -72.21% -2.14% -2.08%
Pure Cycle Competitors 8.27% 9.06% 2.69%

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Pure Cycle $1.22 million -$1.71 million -129.98
Pure Cycle Competitors $3.27 billion $157.36 million 11.79

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

Summary

Pure Cycle rivals beat Pure Cycle on 8 of the 12 factors compared.

Pure Cycle Company Profile

Pure Cycle Corporation is an integrated water company that provides wholesale water and wastewater services. The Company provides its services to wholesale customers, which include industrial customers and local governmental entities that provide water and wastewater services to their end-use customers located in the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area. The Company is engaged in selling water service to customers, using water rights owned or controlled by the Company and developing infrastructure to divert, treat and distribute that water and collect, treat and reuse wastewater. The Company owns a portfolio of water rights located in the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area, Southeastern Colorado in the Arkansas River, and the Western Slope of Colorado in the Colorado River. The Company’s Denver area assets include Rangeview Water, the Lowry Range Property, Sky Ranch and Arapahoe County Fairgrounds.

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