AquaVenture Holdings (NASDAQ: WAAS) and Pure Cycle Corporation (NASDAQ:PCYO) are both small-cap utilities companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitabiliy, dividends, earnings and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

66.9% of Pure Cycle Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 4.6% of Pure Cycle Corporation shares are held 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for AquaVenture Holdings and Pure Cycle Corporation, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AquaVenture Holdings 0 0 4 1 3.20
Pure Cycle Corporation 0 0 1 0 3.00

AquaVenture Holdings currently has a consensus target price of $27.00, suggesting a potential upside of 73.86%. Given AquaVenture Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe AquaVenture Holdings is more favorable than Pure Cycle Corporation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares AquaVenture Holdings and Pure Cycle Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AquaVenture Holdings $115.98 million 3.54 $15.78 million N/A N/A
Pure Cycle Corporation $685,985.00 275.29 -$1.56 million N/A N/A

AquaVenture Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Pure Cycle Corporation.


This table compares AquaVenture Holdings and Pure Cycle Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AquaVenture Holdings -21.12% -6.72% -4.64%
Pure Cycle Corporation -230.56% -2.17% -2.11%


AquaVenture Holdings beats Pure Cycle Corporation on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About AquaVenture Holdings

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 Pure Cycle Corporation

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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