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Aqua America: Well Positioned For Growth?

7:17 pm ET, 13 Dec 2017

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Aqua America Inc. (NYSE: WTR) has a solid business model, a history of steady earnings growth, and a growing dividend. 

The Company may be able to sustain solid returns as it benefits from the investment of more than $700 billion in the nation's water and wastewater infrastructure recommended by the EPA over the next two decades. 

Aqua America expects to grow its customer base not only through acquisitions but also organically, as it is well positioned in states such as North Carolina and Texas, where population growth is above the national average. 

The Company also benefits from an experienced management team and balanced rate regulation. 

The U.S. water industry is extremely fragmented, with more than 53,000 individual water systems. Many of these systems cannot afford to meet the EPA's increasingly stringent standards and have put themselves up for sale. 

In fact, several companies have sought to be acquired by Aqua America. The range of acquisition targets has also grown as cash-strapped municipalities look to monetize their utility assets. 

WTR may have the opportunity to acquire additional municipal water systems in the coming years at attractive prices. Key risks for water utilities include the effect of adverse weather on revenues, regulatory issues (especially related to construction cost recovery), and potential environmental and safety-related liabilities.

Over the last year, WTR returned +22.84%. This return is higher than Utilities sector (11.80%), Water Utilities industry (18.73%), S&P 500 (17.22%) returns.

Aqua America, Inc. (WTR) Stock Guide

Updated at: 5:04 am ET, 14 Nov 2020

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In this WTR stock guide, we'll address key questions about WTR, above and beyond what you can find on Yahoo Finance, Zacks, MarketWatch or Morningstar.

Here is what you'll be able to find in this guide:

Analyst Predictions: stock forecast and analyst ratings;
Analysis: Finny Score and buy or sell analysis;
Key Stats: revenue, market cap, revenue growth, profit margin, P/E ratio, P/B ratio, industry, sector, and number of employees.

And here is the list of questions we'll answer:
1. What is WTR stock forecast (i.e., prediction)?
2. WTR buy or sell? What is WTR Finny Score?
3. What are the reasons to buy WTR? Why should I buy WTR stock?
4. What are the reasons to sell WTR? Why should I sell WTR stock?
5. What are WTR key stats: revenue, market cap, revenue growth, profit margin, P/E ratio, P/B ratio industry, sector, and number of employees?

So let's start. Scroll down to the question that interests you the most.

Analyst Predictions

1. What is WTR stock forecast (i.e., prediction)?

Based on WTR analyst price targets, WTR stock forecast is $49.56 (for a year from now). That means the average analyst price target for WTR stock is $49.56. The prediction is based on 11 analyst estimates.

The low price target for WTR is $37.00, while the high price target is $70.00.

WTR analyst rating is Buy.

Analysis

2. WTR buy or sell? What is WTR Finny Score?

#{finnyScore:null}Our quantitative analysis shows 2 reasons to buy and 1 reason to sell WTR. WTR doesn’t have an assigned Finny Score, because we don’t have sufficient data points to score the stock.

3. What are the reasons to buy WTR? Why should I buy WTR stock?

Here are the reasons to buy WTR stock:

4. What are the reasons to sell WTR? Why should I sell WTR stock?

Let's look at the reasons to sell WTR stock (i.e., the bear case):

Key Stats

5. What are WTR key stats : revenue, market cap, revenue growth, profit margin, P/E ratio, P/B ratio industry, sector, and number of employees?

Let's look at the key statistics for WTR:

Metrics WTR
Price $51.94
Average Price Target / Upside $49.56 / -4.57%
Average Analyst Rating Buy
Forward Dividend Yield 0.00%
Industry Utilities - Regulated Water
Sector Utilities
Number of Employees 1,570
Market Cap $00
Forward P/E Ratio N/A
Price/Book Ratio N/A
Revenue (TTM) N/A
YoY Quarterly Revenue Growth N/A
Profit Margin N/A

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