Companhia de saneamento Basico Do Estado De Sao Paulo – Sabesp (NYSE: SBS) and AquaVenture Holdings (NASDAQ:WAAS) are both utilities companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and profitability.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Companhia de saneamento Basico Do Estado De Sao Paulo – Sabesp and AquaVenture Holdings’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Companhia de saneamento Basico Do Estado De Sao Paulo – Sabesp $4.68 billion 1.52 $1.59 billion $1.32 7.89
AquaVenture Holdings $117.61 million 3.27 $13.56 million N/A N/A

Companhia de saneamento Basico Do Estado De Sao Paulo – Sabesp has higher revenue and earnings than AquaVenture Holdings.

Profitability

This table compares Companhia de saneamento Basico Do Estado De Sao Paulo – Sabesp and AquaVenture Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Companhia de saneamento Basico Do Estado De Sao Paulo – Sabesp 20.38% 20.09% 8.70%
AquaVenture Holdings -21.12% -6.72% -4.64%

Dividends

Companhia de saneamento Basico Do Estado De Sao Paulo – Sabesp pays an annual dividend of $0.29 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. AquaVenture Holdings does not pay a dividend. Companhia de saneamento Basico Do Estado De Sao Paulo – Sabesp pays out 22.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

15.0% of Companhia de saneamento Basico Do Estado De Sao Paulo – Sabesp shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Companhia de saneamento Basico Do Estado De Sao Paulo – Sabesp shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Companhia de saneamento Basico Do Estado De Sao Paulo – Sabesp and AquaVenture Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Companhia de saneamento Basico Do Estado De Sao Paulo – Sabesp 1 3 0 0 1.75
AquaVenture Holdings 0 0 4 1 3.20

AquaVenture Holdings has a consensus target price of $25.60, suggesting a potential upside of 76.07%. Given AquaVenture Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe AquaVenture Holdings is more favorable than Companhia de saneamento Basico Do Estado De Sao Paulo – Sabesp.

Summary

Companhia de saneamento Basico Do Estado De Sao Paulo – Sabesp beats AquaVenture Holdings on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Companhia de saneamento Basico Do Estado De Sao Paulo – Sabesp Company Profile

Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo-SABESP is a water and sewage service provider. The Company provides water and sewage services to a range of residential, commercial, industrial and governmental customers in over 360 municipalities in the state of Sao Paulo, including the city of Sao Paulo. The Company’s segments include Water and Sewage. The Company also supplies treated water on a wholesale basis to approximately 10 municipalities located in the Sao Paulo metropolitan region and urban conurbations. The Company’s activities comprise water supply, sanitary sewage services, urban rainwater management and drainage services, urban cleaning services, solid waste management services and related activities, including the planning, operation, maintenance and commercialization of energy, and the commercialization of services, products, benefits and rights that directly or indirectly arise from its assets, operations and activities.

AquaVenture Holdings Company Profile

AquaVenture Holdings Limited is a multinational provider of Water-as-a-Service solutions. The Company’s segments are Seven Seas Water and Quench. The Seven Seas Water segment provides outsourced desalination solutions and wastewater treatment for governmental, municipal, industrial and hospitality customers. The Quench segment provides bottleless filtered water coolers and other products that use filtered water as an input, such as ice machines, sparkling water dispensers and coffee brewers, to customers throughout the United States typically under multi-year contracts. The Company’s solutions utilize seawater reverse osmosis and other purification technologies to produce potable and industrial process water in high volumes for customers operating in regions with limited access to potable water. As of December 31, 2016, it operated 10 water treatment facilities in the Caribbean region and South America producing approximately eight billion gallons of purified water per year.

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