Aqua America (NYSE: WTR) is one of 15 publicly-traded companies in the “Water supply” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Aqua America to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, risk and institutional ownership.
Aqua America pays an annual dividend of $0.82 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Aqua America pays out 59.9% 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. Aqua America has increased its dividend for 10 consecutive years.
Aqua America has a beta of 0.44, meaning that its stock price is 56% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aqua America’s peers have a beta of 0.51, meaning that their average stock price is 49% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Aqua America and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Net Income||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Aqua America||$809.53 million||$239.73 million||24.72|
|Aqua America Competitors||$722.21 million||$111.68 million||23.16|
Aqua America has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Aqua America 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.
This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Aqua America and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Aqua America Competitors||86||221||250||13||2.33|
Aqua America presently has a consensus price target of $38.20, suggesting a potential upside of 12.82%. As a group, “Water supply” companies have a potential upside of 4.61%. Given Aqua America’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Aqua America is more favorable than its peers.
This table compares Aqua America and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Aqua America Competitors||8.09%||8.85%||2.61%|
Insider & Institutional Ownership
53.9% of Aqua America shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.4% of shares of all “Water supply” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of Aqua America shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.1% of shares of all “Water supply” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Aqua America beats its peers on 10 of the 15 factors compared.
Aqua America Company Profile
Aqua America, Inc. is a holding company. The Company is engaged in providing water or wastewater services concentrated in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina, New Jersey, Indiana and Virginia. The Company is the holding company for its primary subsidiary, Aqua Pennsylvania, Inc. Its market-based activities are conducted through Aqua Resources, Inc. (Aqua Resources) and Aqua Infrastructure, LLC (Aqua Infrastructure). Aqua Resources, Inc. provides water and wastewater service through operating and maintenance contracts with municipal authorities and other parties close to its utility companies’ service territories, and offers, through a third party, water and sewer line repair service and protection solutions to households. Aqua Infrastructure provides non-utility raw water supply services for firms in the natural gas drilling industry. The Company owns several wastewater collection systems that convey the wastewater to a municipally-owned facility for treatment.
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