Monday, December 31, 2012

Water Stocks are Floating on Profits and Dividends

Investors who are looking for growth along with income need look no further than water utilities. Although most communities are served by governmental water district entities, residents of some communities buy water through companies that own water rights and are publicly traded. The nicest feature about these companies is that they are semi-recession-proof in that people don't stop using water. And when the economy turns around and new homes are built and businesses grow, water consumption increases.
Fortunately, there are several of these companies that investors can choose from according to the free list of high yield water utility stocks at
One example is American States Water (AWR), founded in 1929, which is a distributor of water in 75 communities in California. It trades at 17.7 times forward earnings and pays a decent yield of 3.0%. During the summer, the company raised its dividends by a substantial 26.7%. Earnings for the latest quarter were up significantly, by 19.6%, with revenues rising 11.5%.
Aqua America (WTR) 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 forward price to earnings ratio of 21.0, and yields 2.8%. 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 amazing 23.2% on an 12.3% increase in revenues.
Connecticut Water Service (CTWS) trades at 20.4 times forward earnings and yields 3.3%. Earnings were up an incredible 60% on a significant 18.6% boost in revenues. The company, which was founded in 1956, serves customers in 55 towns in Connecticut. The company raised its dividend by 2% in August.
For a free list of high yield water utility stocks, go to
Disclosure: Author didn't own any of the above at the time the article was written.

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