Skip to main content
NYSE:WTRG

Essential Utilities Competitors

$46.38
+0.44 (+0.96 %)
(As of 05/14/2021 12:00 AM ET)
Add
Compare
Today's Range
$46.05
$46.62
50-Day Range
$44.10
$47.97
52-Week Range
$38.28
$48.89
Volume638,013 shs
Average Volume1.06 million shs
Market Capitalization$11.39 billion
P/E Ratio40.33
Dividend Yield2.18%
Beta0.47

Competitors

Essential Utilities (NYSE:WTRG) Vs. AWK, SBS, AWR, CWT, SJW, and MSEX

Should you be buying WTRG stock or one of its competitors? Companies in the industry of "water supply" are considered alternatives and competitors to Essential Utilities, including American Water Works (AWK), Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP (SBS), American States Water (AWR), California Water Service Group (CWT), SJW Group (SJW), and Middlesex Water (MSEX).

Essential Utilities (NYSE:WTRG) and American Water Works (NYSE:AWK) are both large-cap utilities companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and dividends.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Essential Utilities and American Water Works' revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Essential Utilities$889.69 million12.81$224.54 million$1.4731.55
American Water Works$3.61 billion7.68$621 million$3.6142.34

American Water Works has higher revenue and earnings than Essential Utilities. Essential Utilities is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than American Water Works, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

65.7% of Essential Utilities shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 82.3% of American Water Works shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of Essential Utilities shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.3% of American Water Works shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Essential Utilities has a beta of 0.47, indicating that its stock price is 53% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, American Water Works has a beta of 0.18, indicating that its stock price is 82% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Essential Utilities and American Water Works' net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net MarginsReturn on EquityReturn on Assets
Essential Utilities25.15%8.83%3.36%
American Water Works17.63%11.03%2.94%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Essential Utilities and American Water Works, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell RatingsHold RatingsBuy RatingsStrong Buy RatingsRating Score
Essential Utilities04312.63
American Water Works05502.50

Essential Utilities presently has a consensus price target of $49.50, indicating a potential upside of 6.73%. American Water Works has a consensus price target of $160.00, indicating a potential upside of 4.69%. Given Essential Utilities' stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Essential Utilities is more favorable than American Water Works.

Dividends

Essential Utilities pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. American Water Works pays an annual dividend of $2.41 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Essential Utilities pays out 68.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. American Water Works pays out 66.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Essential Utilities has increased its dividend for 1 consecutive years and American Water Works has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Summary

American Water Works beats Essential Utilities on 10 of the 18 factors compared between the two stocks.

Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP (NYSE:SBS) and Essential Utilities (NYSE:WTRG) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends and profitability.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

10.2% of Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.7% of Essential Utilities shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.2% of Essential Utilities shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP and Essential Utilities, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell RatingsHold RatingsBuy RatingsStrong Buy RatingsRating Score
Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP01302.75
Essential Utilities04312.63

Essential Utilities has a consensus target price of $49.50, suggesting a potential upside of 6.73%. Given Essential Utilities' higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Essential Utilities is more favorable than Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP.

Dividends

Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP pays an annual dividend of $0.05 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Essential Utilities pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Essential Utilities pays out 68.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Essential Utilities has increased its dividend for 1 consecutive years. Essential Utilities is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Volatility and Risk

Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP has a beta of 0.93, suggesting that its share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Essential Utilities has a beta of 0.47, suggesting that its share price is 53% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP and Essential Utilities' gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP$4.37 billion1.26$853.33 millionN/AN/A
Essential Utilities$889.69 million12.81$224.54 million$1.4731.55

Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP has higher revenue and earnings than Essential Utilities.

Profitability

This table compares Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP and Essential Utilities' net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net MarginsReturn on EquityReturn on Assets
Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP9.89%17.49%7.90%
Essential Utilities25.15%8.83%3.36%

American States Water (NYSE:AWR) and Essential Utilities (NYSE:WTRG) are both utilities companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and risk.

Profitability

This table compares American States Water and Essential Utilities' net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net MarginsReturn on EquityReturn on Assets
American States Water17.38%13.49%4.93%
Essential Utilities25.15%8.83%3.36%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

69.4% of American States Water shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.7% of Essential Utilities shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of American States Water shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.2% of Essential Utilities shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

American States Water pays an annual dividend of $1.34 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Essential Utilities pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. American States Water pays out 62.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Essential Utilities pays out 68.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. American States Water has increased its dividend for 10 consecutive years and Essential Utilities has increased its dividend for 1 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares American States Water and Essential Utilities' top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
American States Water$473.87 million6.11$84.34 million$2.1336.84
Essential Utilities$889.69 million12.81$224.54 million$1.4731.55

Essential Utilities has higher revenue and earnings than American States Water. Essential Utilities is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than American States Water, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

American States Water has a beta of -0.07, suggesting that its stock price is 107% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Essential Utilities has a beta of 0.47, suggesting that its stock price is 53% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for American States Water and Essential Utilities, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell RatingsHold RatingsBuy RatingsStrong Buy RatingsRating Score
American States Water10202.33
Essential Utilities04312.63

American States Water presently has a consensus price target of $80.3333, suggesting a potential upside of 2.37%. Essential Utilities has a consensus price target of $49.50, suggesting a potential upside of 6.73%. Given Essential Utilities' stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Essential Utilities is more favorable than American States Water.

Summary

Essential Utilities beats American States Water on 11 of the 18 factors compared between the two stocks.

Essential Utilities (NYSE:WTRG) and California Water Service Group (NYSE:CWT) are both utilities companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Essential Utilities and California Water Service Group's net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net MarginsReturn on EquityReturn on Assets
Essential Utilities25.15%8.83%3.36%
California Water Service Group11.85%11.56%2.80%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

65.7% of Essential Utilities shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 73.2% of California Water Service Group shares are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of Essential Utilities shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.9% of California Water Service Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Essential Utilities pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. California Water Service Group pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Essential Utilities pays out 68.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. California Water Service Group pays out 70.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Essential Utilities has increased its dividend for 1 consecutive years and California Water Service Group has increased its dividend for 1 consecutive years. Essential Utilities is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Essential Utilities and California Water Service Group's top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Essential Utilities$889.69 million12.81$224.54 million$1.4731.55
California Water Service Group$714.56 million4.03$63.12 million$1.3143.24

Essential Utilities has higher revenue and earnings than California Water Service Group. Essential Utilities is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than California Water Service Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

Essential Utilities has a beta of 0.47, suggesting that its share price is 53% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, California Water Service Group has a beta of 0.08, suggesting that its share price is 92% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Essential Utilities and California Water Service Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell RatingsHold RatingsBuy RatingsStrong Buy RatingsRating Score
Essential Utilities04312.63
California Water Service Group22101.80

Essential Utilities currently has a consensus price target of $49.50, suggesting a potential upside of 6.73%. California Water Service Group has a consensus price target of $54.00, suggesting a potential downside of 4.66%. Given Essential Utilities' stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Essential Utilities is more favorable than California Water Service Group.

Summary

Essential Utilities beats California Water Service Group on 14 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Essential Utilities (NYSE:WTRG) and SJW Group (NYSE:SJW) are both utilities companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Essential Utilities and SJW Group's net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net MarginsReturn on EquityReturn on Assets
Essential Utilities25.15%8.83%3.36%
SJW Group7.71%6.72%1.88%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

65.7% of Essential Utilities shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.2% of SJW Group shares are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of Essential Utilities shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 8.3% of SJW Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Essential Utilities pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. SJW Group pays an annual dividend of $1.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Essential Utilities pays out 68.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. SJW Group pays out 76.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Essential Utilities has increased its dividend for 1 consecutive years and SJW Group has increased its dividend for 1 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Essential Utilities and SJW Group's top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Essential Utilities$889.69 million12.81$224.54 million$1.4731.55
SJW Group$420.48 million4.46$23.40 million$1.7835.35

Essential Utilities has higher revenue and earnings than SJW Group. Essential Utilities is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than SJW Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

Essential Utilities has a beta of 0.47, suggesting that its share price is 53% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SJW Group has a beta of 0.31, suggesting that its share price is 69% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Essential Utilities and SJW Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell RatingsHold RatingsBuy RatingsStrong Buy RatingsRating Score
Essential Utilities04312.63
SJW Group11001.50

Essential Utilities currently has a consensus price target of $49.50, suggesting a potential upside of 6.73%. SJW Group has a consensus price target of $76.00, suggesting a potential upside of 20.77%. Given SJW Group's higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe SJW Group is more favorable than Essential Utilities.

Summary

Essential Utilities beats SJW Group on 11 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Middlesex Water (NASDAQ:MSEX) and Essential Utilities (NYSE:WTRG) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, valuation, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Middlesex Water pays an annual dividend of $1.09 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Essential Utilities pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Middlesex Water pays out 54.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Essential Utilities pays out 68.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Middlesex Water has raised its dividend for 26 consecutive years and Essential Utilities has raised its dividend for 1 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Middlesex Water and Essential Utilities, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell RatingsHold RatingsBuy RatingsStrong Buy RatingsRating Score
Middlesex Water01002.00
Essential Utilities04312.63

Middlesex Water presently has a consensus price target of $73.00, suggesting a potential downside of 8.44%. Essential Utilities has a consensus price target of $49.50, suggesting a potential upside of 6.73%. Given Essential Utilities' stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Essential Utilities is more favorable than Middlesex Water.

Profitability

This table compares Middlesex Water and Essential Utilities' net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net MarginsReturn on EquityReturn on Assets
Middlesex Water27.34%11.51%4.07%
Essential Utilities25.15%8.83%3.36%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

59.2% of Middlesex Water shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.7% of Essential Utilities shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.1% of Middlesex Water shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 0.2% of Essential Utilities shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Middlesex Water has a beta of 0.24, indicating that its stock price is 76% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Essential Utilities has a beta of 0.47, indicating that its stock price is 53% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Middlesex Water and Essential Utilities' top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Middlesex Water$134.60 million10.35$33.89 million$2.0139.67
Essential Utilities$889.69 million12.81$224.54 million$1.4731.55

Essential Utilities has higher revenue and earnings than Middlesex Water. Essential Utilities is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Middlesex Water, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Essential Utilities beats Middlesex Water on 11 of the 18 factors compared between the two stocks.


Essential Utilities Competitors List

Competitor NameCompetitor BTM RankCompetitor PriceCompetitor Price ChangeCompetitor Market CapCompetitor RevenueCompetitor P/E RatioCompetitor Indicator(s)
American Water Works logo
AWK
American Water Works
2.2$152.83+0.5%$27.73 billion$3.61 billion41.87Analyst Downgrade
Analyst Revision
Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP logo
SBS
Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP
0.7$8.03+2.5%$5.49 billion$4.37 billion14.87
American States Water logo
AWR
American States Water
1.9$78.47+0.0%$2.90 billion$473.87 million35.03Analyst Revision
California Water Service Group logo
CWT
California Water Service Group
1.5$56.64+0.1%$2.88 billion$714.56 million30.29Analyst Revision
SJW Group logo
SJW
SJW Group
1.7$62.93+0.1%$1.87 billion$420.48 million42.23Analyst Revision
Middlesex Water logo
MSEX
Middlesex Water
1.7$79.73+0.9%$1.39 billion$134.60 million36.74Analyst Downgrade
The York Water logo
YORW
The York Water
1.2$48.59+0.2%$635.22 million$51.58 million39.19
Cadiz logo
CDZI
Cadiz
0.5$12.04+0.4%$461.69 million$440,000.000.00Upcoming Earnings
Global Water Resources logo
GWRS
Global Water Resources
1.8$17.02+1.9%$384.45 million$35.47 million1,703.70High Trading Volume
Artesian Resources logo
ARTNA
Artesian Resources
1.3$39.50+0.3%$369.76 million$83.60 million21.94
Pure Cycle logo
PCYO
Pure Cycle
0.9$13.83+2.7%$330.62 million$25.85 million172.90
Consolidated Water logo
CWCO
Consolidated Water
1.9$11.70+0.8%$177.49 million$68.79 million20.89Upcoming Earnings
This page was last updated on 5/16/2021 by MarketBeat.com Staff
MarketBeat - Stock Market News and Research Tools logo

MarketBeat empowers individual investors to make better trading decisions by providing real-time financial data and objective market analysis. Whether you’re looking for analyst ratings, corporate buybacks, dividends, earnings, economic reports, financials, insider trades, IPOs, SEC filings or stock splits, MarketBeat has the objective information you need to analyze any stock. Learn more about MarketBeat.

MarketBeat is accredited by the Better Business Bureau

© American Consumer News, LLC dba MarketBeat® 2010-2021. All rights reserved.
326 E 8th St #105, Sioux Falls, SD 57103 | U.S. Based Support Team at [email protected] | (844) 978-6257
MarketBeat does not provide personalized financial advice and does not issue recommendations or offers to buy stock or sell any security.

Our Accessibility Statement | Terms of Service | Do Not Sell My Information

© 2021 Market data provided is at least 10-minutes delayed and hosted by Barchart Solutions. Information is provided 'as-is' and solely for informational purposes, not for trading purposes or advice, and is delayed. To see all exchange delays and terms of use please see disclaimer. Fundamental company data provided by Zacks Investment Research. As a bonus to opt-ing into our email newsletters, you will also get a free subscription to the Liberty Through Wealth e-newsletter. You can opt out at any time.