Saturday, April 06, 2013

High Yield H2O Stocks

How many uses of water are there? Let me count the ways.
agricultural irrigation
as a solvent
as a reactant
as a coolant
for heating
a neutron moderator
fire extinguishing fluid
food processing
etc., etc., etc.

Many investors have taken a flight to income stocks, blue chips, electric utilities, and natural gas utilities. But many forget the publicly traded monopolies of water utilities, which can provide income and growth potential. The majority of cities are served by government water districts; yet residents of some communities buy water through corporations that own the rights to water and are publicly traded. People don't stop drinking and using water, so there is little chance of these companies going out of business.

There are many dividend paying water companies that investors have available to them according to the free list of high yield water utility stocks at

One example is Aqua America (WTR), which distributes water to customers in Pennsylvania, Texas, North Carolina, Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Florida, Indiana, Virginia, Maine, and Georgia. The stock has a trailing price to earnings ratio of 22, a forward price to earnings ratio of 21, and yields 2.2%. The company has raised its dividends every year since 1988 and has had many stock splits during that time. Earnings for the latest quarter were up an incredible 95.7% on an 12.4% increase in revenues.

American States Water (AWR), founded in 1929, which is a distributor of water in 75 communities in California. It trades at 20 times forward earnings and pays a reasonable yield of 2.5%. During the summer, the company's dividends is up by 5% over last year. Earnings for the latest quarter were up outstanding, by 53.4%, with revenues rising 17%.

Connecticut Water Service (CTWS) trades at 18 times forward earnings and yields 3.1%. The company, which was founded in 1956, serves customers in 55 towns in Connecticut. The company raised its dividend by 2% last August.

For a free list of high yield water utility stocks, which can be downloaded, sorted, and added to, go to

Disclosure: Author didn't own any of the above at the time the article was written.

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