Essential Utilities (WTRG) Competitors

$36.54
+0.28 (+0.77%)
(As of 04/24/2024 ET)

WTRG vs. SBS, CWT, AWR, AWK, PNW, EVRG, AES, NI, LNT, and OGE

Should you be buying Essential Utilities stock or one of its competitors? The main competitors of Essential Utilities include Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP (SBS), California Water Service Group (CWT), American States Water (AWR), American Water Works (AWK), Pinnacle West Capital (PNW), Evergy (EVRG), AES (AES), NiSource (NI), Alliant Energy (LNT), and OGE Energy (OGE). These companies are all part of the "utilities" sector.

Essential Utilities vs.

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

In the previous week, Essential Utilities had 3 more articles in the media than Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP. MarketBeat recorded 8 mentions for Essential Utilities and 5 mentions for Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP. Essential Utilities' average media sentiment score of 1.11 beat Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP's score of 0.81 indicating that Essential Utilities is being referred to more favorably in the media.

Company Very Positive Positive Neutral Negative Very Negative Overall Sentiment
Essential Utilities
5 Very Positive mention(s)
0 Positive mention(s)
3 Neutral mention(s)
0 Negative mention(s)
0 Very Negative mention(s)
Positive
Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP
2 Very Positive mention(s)
1 Positive mention(s)
1 Neutral mention(s)
0 Negative mention(s)
0 Very Negative mention(s)
Positive

74.8% of Essential Utilities shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 10.6% of Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP shares are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of Essential Utilities shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP has higher revenue and earnings than Essential Utilities. Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Essential Utilities, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

CompanyGross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Essential Utilities$2.05B4.87$498.23M$1.8619.65
Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP$4.27B2.57$604.59M$0.8618.65

Essential Utilities has a net margin of 24.26% compared to Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP's net margin of 12.31%. Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP's return on equity of 10.45% beat Essential Utilities' return on equity.

Company Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Essential Utilities24.26% 8.68% 3.06%
Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP 12.31%10.45%5.16%

Essential Utilities pays an annual dividend of $1.23 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP pays an annual dividend of $0.23 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Essential Utilities pays out 66.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP pays out 26.7% 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 a beta of 0.82, suggesting that its stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP has a beta of 1.23, suggesting that its stock price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Essential Utilities presently has a consensus price target of $43.00, suggesting a potential upside of 17.68%. Given Essential Utilities' higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Essential Utilities is more favorable than Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP.

Company Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Essential Utilities
0 Sell rating(s)
0 Hold rating(s)
4 Buy rating(s)
0 Strong Buy rating(s)
3.00
Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP
0 Sell rating(s)
0 Hold rating(s)
0 Buy rating(s)
0 Strong Buy rating(s)
N/A

Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP received 202 more outperform votes than Essential Utilities when rated by MarketBeat users. Likewise, 58.38% of users gave Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP an outperform vote while only 29.17% of users gave Essential Utilities an outperform vote.

CompanyUnderperformOutperform
Essential UtilitiesOutperform Votes
21
29.17%
Underperform Votes
51
70.83%
Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESPOutperform Votes
223
58.38%
Underperform Votes
159
41.62%

Summary

Essential Utilities beats Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP on 10 of the 19 factors compared between the two stocks.

New MarketBeat Followers Over Time

This chart shows the number of new MarketBeat users adding WTRG and its top 5 competitors to their watchlist. Each company is represented with a line over a 90 day period.
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Media Sentiment Over Time

This chart shows the average media sentiment of NYSE and its competitors over the past 90 days as caculated by MarketBeat. The averaged score is equivalent to the following: Very Negative Sentiment <= -1.5, Negative Sentiment > -1.5 and <= -0.5, Neutral Sentiment > -0.5 and < 0.5, Positive Sentiment >= 0.5 and < 1.5, and Very Positive Sentiment >= 1.5.
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WTRG vs. The Competition

MetricEssential UtilitiesWater supply IndustryUtilities SectorNYSE Exchange
Market Cap$9.99B$4.19B$11.94B$17.42B
Dividend Yield3.42%2.50%4.23%3.56%
P/E Ratio19.6524.9678.3725.12
Price / Sales4.8710.7724.3911.65
Price / Cash11.6514.9117.9817.62
Price / Book1.692.501.854.91
Net Income$498.23M$183.96M$585.13M$963.51M
7 Day Performance5.88%4.30%1.93%2.27%
1 Month Performance-0.25%-2.26%-0.20%-2.06%
1 Year Performance-15.57%-10.00%-3.27%90.10%

Essential Utilities Competitors List

CompanyMarketRankShare PriceAnalysts' Price Target1Y Price PerformanceMarket CapRevenueP/E RatioEmployee CountIndicator(s)
SBS
Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo - SABESP
4.1218 of 5 stars
$16.14
+0.8%
N/A+67.8%$11.03B$4.27B18.7712,299Dividend Increase
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CWT
California Water Service Group
4.3344 of 5 stars
$46.23
+1.7%
$53.50
+15.7%
-20.9%$2.67B$794.63M51.941,266Upcoming Earnings
News Coverage
AWR
American States Water
4.3097 of 5 stars
$70.18
+1.8%
$77.00
+9.7%
-23.0%$2.61B$595.70M20.82815
AWK
American Water Works
4.9065 of 5 stars
$119.86
+0.5%
$141.80
+18.3%
-20.6%$23.35B$4.23B24.516,500Upcoming Earnings
PNW
Pinnacle West Capital
4.071 of 5 stars
$74.50
-0.3%
$73.00
-2.0%
-7.6%$8.46B$4.70B16.896,133Dividend Announcement
EVRG
Evergy
2.5004 of 5 stars
$52.25
0.0%
$56.00
+7.2%
-17.1%$12.00B$5.51B16.434,658
AES
AES
4.9793 of 5 stars
$17.13
+2.6%
$22.13
+29.2%
-28.6%$12.17B$12.67B51.909,600
NI
NiSource
4.4279 of 5 stars
$27.93
+0.1%
$29.00
+3.8%
-2.5%$12.52B$5.51B19.007,411Upcoming Earnings
Positive News
LNT
Alliant Energy
4.1114 of 5 stars
$49.97
+0.2%
$51.36
+2.8%
-9.6%$12.80B$4.03B17.973,281Analyst Report
OGE
OGE Energy
3.471 of 5 stars
$33.93
-0.4%
$33.40
-1.5%
-9.8%$6.80B$2.67B16.392,329Upcoming Earnings
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This page (NYSE:WTRG) was last updated on 4/24/2024 by MarketBeat.com Staff

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