Consolidated Water Co. (NASDAQ: CWCO) and Artesian Resources Corporation (NASDAQ:ARTNA) are both small-cap utilities companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.

Volatility and Risk

Consolidated Water Co. has a beta of 0.87, suggesting that its stock price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Artesian Resources Corporation has a beta of 0.09, suggesting that its stock price is 91% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Consolidated Water Co. and Artesian Resources Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Consolidated Water Co. 0 0 1 0 3.00
Artesian Resources Corporation 0 1 0 0 2.00

Consolidated Water Co. presently has a consensus target price of $15.00, indicating a potential upside of 17.19%. Artesian Resources Corporation has a consensus target price of $41.00, indicating a potential upside of 6.94%. Given Consolidated Water Co.’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Consolidated Water Co. is more favorable than Artesian Resources Corporation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

50.8% of Consolidated Water Co. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 39.8% of Artesian Resources Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.2% of Consolidated Water Co. shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 20.6% of Artesian Resources Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Consolidated Water Co. pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Artesian Resources Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.93 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Consolidated Water Co. pays out 96.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Artesian Resources Corporation pays out 64.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Artesian Resources Corporation is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Consolidated Water Co. and Artesian Resources Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Consolidated Water Co. $59.52 million 3.20 $13.25 million $0.31 41.29
Artesian Resources Corporation $79.83 million 4.39 $36.62 million $1.45 26.44

Artesian Resources Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Consolidated Water Co.. Artesian Resources Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Consolidated Water Co., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Consolidated Water Co. and Artesian Resources Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Consolidated Water Co. 7.62% 5.34% 5.02%
Artesian Resources Corporation 16.55% 9.59% 2.94%

Summary

Artesian Resources Corporation beats Consolidated Water Co. on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Consolidated Water Co.

Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. develops and operates seawater desalination plants (that utilize reverse osmosis technology) and water distribution systems in areas where naturally occurring supplies of potable water are scarce or non-existent. The Company operates in three segments: retail water operations, bulk water operations and services operations. The retail water operations segment produces and supplies water to end users, including residential, commercial and government customers. The bulk water operations segment produces potable water from seawater and sells this water to governments and private customers. The services operations segment provides engineering and management services, including designing and constructing desalination plants, and managing and operating plants owned by affiliated companies. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, it provides various services to its customers in the Cayman Islands, The Bahamas, Belize, the British Virgin Islands and Indonesia.

About Artesian Resources Corporation

Artesian Resources Corporation is a holding company. The Company’s subsidiaries offer water, wastewater and other services on the Delmarva Peninsula. The Company distributes and sells water, including water for public and private fire protection, to residential, commercial, industrial, municipal and utility customers in the states of Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania. The Company also provides wastewater services to customers in Delaware. In addition, the Company provides contract water and wastewater operations, and water, sewer and internal Service Line Protection Plans. As of December 31, 2016, the Company was the holding company of five regulated public utilities: Artesian Water Company, Inc., Artesian Water Pennsylvania, Inc., Artesian Water Maryland, Inc., Artesian Wastewater Management, Inc. and Artesian Wastewater Maryland, Inc., and three non-regulated subsidiaries: Artesian Utility Development, Inc., Artesian Development Corporation and Artesian Consulting Engineers, Inc.

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