York Water (NASDAQ: YORW) is one of 17 public companies in the “UTIL-WATER SPLY” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare York Water to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and earnings.
Risk and Volatility
York Water has a beta of 0.53, meaning that its stock price is 47% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, York Water’s rivals have a beta of 0.46, meaning that their average stock price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
34.2% of York Water shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 43.1% of shares of all “UTIL-WATER SPLY” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of York Water shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.5% of shares of all “UTIL-WATER SPLY” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
York Water pays an annual dividend of $0.67 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. York Water pays out 66.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “UTIL-WATER SPLY” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.2% and pay out 55.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. York Water lags its rivals as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares York Water and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Net Income||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|York Water||$48.59 million||$12.97 million||30.69|
|York Water Competitors||$3.27 billion||$157.23 million||11.80|
York Water’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than York Water. York Water is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings for York Water and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|York Water Competitors||93||262||281||17||2.34|
As a group, “UTIL-WATER SPLY” companies have a potential upside of 4.61%. Given York Water’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe York Water has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.
This table compares York Water and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|York Water Competitors||8.27%||9.06%||2.69%|
York Water rivals beat York Water on 10 of the 15 factors compared.
About York Water
The York Water Company is an investor-owned water utility in the United States. The primary business of the Company is to impound, purify to meet or exceed safe drinking water standards and distribute water. As of December 31, 2016, it also owned and operated three wastewater collection systems and two wastewater treatment systems. As of December 31, 2016, it operated within its territory, which covered 39 municipalities within York County, Pennsylvania and nine municipalities within Adams County, Pennsylvania. Its two wastewater treatment facilities are located in East Manchester and Lower Windsor Townships. It provides sewer billing services. It has a service line protection program, which allows customers to pay a fixed monthly fee, and it will repair or replace damaged customer service lines. As of December 31, 2016, it obtained the bulk of its water supply from both the South Branch and East Branch of the Codorus Creek, which together had a daily flow of 73 million gallons.
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