PENNON GRP PLC/ADR (OTCMKTS:PEGRY) and York Water (NASDAQ:YORW) are both utilities companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, profitability, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares PENNON GRP PLC/ADR and York Water’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PENNON GRP PLC/ADR N/A N/A N/A
York Water 27.61% 10.94% 3.97%

Dividends

York Water pays an annual dividend of $0.69 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. PENNON GRP PLC/ADR does not pay a dividend. York Water pays out 66.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. York Water has raised its dividend for 17 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares PENNON GRP PLC/ADR and York Water’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PENNON GRP PLC/ADR N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
York Water $48.44 million 9.01 $12.97 million $1.04 32.42

York Water has higher revenue and earnings than PENNON GRP PLC/ADR.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for PENNON GRP PLC/ADR and York Water, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PENNON GRP PLC/ADR 0 0 0 0 N/A
York Water 0 2 0 0 2.00

York Water has a consensus target price of $36.00, indicating a potential upside of 6.76%. Given York Water’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe York Water is more favorable than PENNON GRP PLC/ADR.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

36.8% of York Water shares are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of York Water shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

York Water beats PENNON GRP PLC/ADR on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

PENNON GRP PLC/ADR Company Profile

Pennon Group Plc engages in the environmental infrastructure businesses in the United Kingdom, rest of European Union, China, and internationally. The company's Water segment comprises the regulated water and wastewater services for customers in Cornwall, Devon, and parts of Dorset and Somerset; and water services in the areas of Dorset, Hampshire, and Wiltshire. Its Waste Management segment provides recycling, energy recovery, and waste management services serving approximately 150 local authorities and corporate clients, as well as 32,000 customers. It operates 8 energy recovery facilities; 300 recycling, energy recovery, and waste management facilities; and 600 waste collection vehicles securing materials. The company's Non-Household Retail Business water and wastewater retail services to non-household customers. It serves 1.2 million businesses and other non-household customers. Pennon Group Plc was incorporated in 1989 and is based in Exeter, the United Kingdom.

York Water Company Profile

The York Water Company impounds, purifies, and distributes drinking water. It also owns and operates three wastewater collection systems and two wastewater treatment systems; and two reservoirs, including Lake Williams and Lake Redman, which together hold up to approximately 2.2 billion gallons of water. In addition, the company has a 15-mile pipeline from the Susquehanna River to Lake Redman; and owns seven wells that supply approximately 366,000 gallons of water per day to its customers in Carroll Valley Borough and Cumberland Township, Adams County. It serves customers in 39 municipalities within York County and 9 municipalities within Adams County, Pennsylvania. The company serves various customers in the fixture and furniture, electrical machinery, food product, paper, ordnance unit, textile product, air conditioning system, laundry detergent, barbell, and motorcycle industries. The York Water Company was founded in 1816 and is headquartered in York, Pennsylvania.

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