Financial Survey: Global Water Resources (GWRS) versus Its Competitors

Global Water Resources (NASDAQ: GWRS) is one of 15 publicly-traded companies in the “Water supply” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Global Water Resources to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

19.0% of Global Water Resources shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.3% of shares of all “Water supply” companies are owned by institutional investors. 50.0% of Global Water Resources shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.1% of shares of all “Water supply” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Global Water Resources pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Global Water Resources pays out 233.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Water supply” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.1% and pay out 55.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Global Water Resources and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Global Water Resources $31.21 million $4.55 million 74.42
Global Water Resources Competitors $722.21 million $111.64 million 23.68

Global Water Resources’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Global Water Resources. Global Water Resources 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.

Volatility and Risk

Global Water Resources has a beta of -0.01, meaning that its stock price is 101% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Global Water Resources’ competitors have a beta of 0.51, meaning that their average stock price is 49% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Global Water Resources and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Global Water Resources 0 0 1 0 3.00
Global Water Resources Competitors 88 225 255 13 2.33

Global Water Resources currently has a consensus target price of $11.00, indicating a potential upside of 23.18%. As a group, “Water supply” companies have a potential upside of 0.46%. Given Global Water Resources’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Global Water Resources is more favorable than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Global Water Resources and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Global Water Resources 14.14% 14.91% 0.87%
Global Water Resources Competitors 10.39% 8.88% 2.64%

Summary

Global Water Resources beats its competitors on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Global Water Resources Company Profile

Global Water Resources, Inc., a water resource management company, owns, operates, and manages regulated water, wastewater, and recycled water utilities primarily in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona. As of December 31, 2017, it served approximately 51,000 people in approximately 20,000 homes. The company was founded in 2003 and is based in Phoenix, Arizona.

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