AquaVenture (WAAS) & Aqua America (WTR) Critical Comparison
AquaVenture (NYSE: WAAS) and Aqua America (NYSE:WTR) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and valuation.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares AquaVenture and Aqua America’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|AquaVenture||$114.10 million||3.74||-$20.47 million||($1.01)||-15.97|
|Aqua America||$819.88 million||8.27||$234.18 million||$1.33||28.68|
Aqua America pays an annual dividend of $0.82 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. AquaVenture does not pay a dividend. Aqua America pays out 61.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. AquaVenture has raised its dividend for 9 consecutive years.
This table compares AquaVenture and Aqua America’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Insider & Institutional Ownership
36.8% of AquaVenture shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.7% of Aqua America shares are owned by institutional investors. 55.9% of AquaVenture shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.3% of Aqua America shares are owned 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.
Volatility & Risk
AquaVenture has a beta of 1.41, indicating that its share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aqua America has a beta of 0.59, indicating that its share price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for AquaVenture and Aqua America, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
AquaVenture currently has a consensus price target of $22.00, indicating a potential upside of 36.39%. Aqua America has a consensus price target of $38.80, indicating a potential upside of 1.73%. Given AquaVenture’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe AquaVenture is more favorable than Aqua America.
Aqua America beats AquaVenture on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
AquaVenture Holdings Limited is a multinational provider of Water-as-a-Service solutions. The Company’s segments are Seven Seas Water and Quench. The Seven Seas Water segment provides outsourced desalination solutions and wastewater treatment for governmental, municipal, industrial and hospitality customers. The Quench segment provides bottleless filtered water coolers and other products that use filtered water as an input, such as ice machines, sparkling water dispensers and coffee brewers, to customers throughout the United States typically under multi-year contracts. The Company’s solutions utilize seawater reverse osmosis and other purification technologies to produce potable and industrial process water in high volumes for customers operating in regions with limited access to potable water. As of December 31, 2016, it operated 10 water treatment facilities in the Caribbean region and South America producing approximately eight billion gallons of purified water per year.
About Aqua America
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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