SJW Group (NYSE: SJW) is one of 15 public companies in the “Water supply” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare SJW Group to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, dividends and analyst recommendations.
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for SJW Group and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|SJW Group Competitors||86||221||250||13||2.33|
Risk and Volatility
SJW Group has a beta of 0.25, suggesting that its share price is 75% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SJW Group’s competitors have a beta of 0.51, suggesting that their average share price is 49% less volatile than the S&P 500.
SJW Group pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. SJW Group pays out 49.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Water supply” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.2% and pay out 53.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. SJW Group has raised its dividend for 50 consecutive years.
This table compares SJW Group and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|SJW Group Competitors||8.09%||8.85%||2.61%|
Institutional and Insider Ownership
55.1% of SJW Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.2% of shares of all “Water supply” companies are held by institutional investors. 17.2% of SJW Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.2% of shares of all “Water supply” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares SJW Group and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Net Income||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|SJW Group||$389.23 million||$59.20 million||23.50|
|SJW Group Competitors||$722.21 million||$111.68 million||23.06|
SJW Group’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than SJW Group. SJW Group is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.
SJW Group beats its competitors on 9 of the 15 factors compared.
About SJW Group
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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