Reviewing Cadiz (CDZI) and Global Water Resources (GWRS)

Cadiz (NASDAQ: CDZI) and Global Water Resources (NASDAQ:GWRS) are both small-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.

Dividends

Global Water Resources pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Cadiz does not pay a dividend. Global Water Resources pays out 350.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Volatility & Risk

Cadiz has a beta of 0.5, indicating that its share price is 50% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Global Water Resources has a beta of -0.31, indicating that its share price is 131% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Cadiz and Global Water Resources, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cadiz 0 0 1 0 3.00
Global Water Resources 0 0 1 0 3.00

Cadiz currently has a consensus target price of $18.00, indicating a potential upside of 29.03%. Global Water Resources has a consensus target price of $11.00, indicating a potential upside of 24.15%. Given Cadiz’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Cadiz is more favorable than Global Water Resources.

Profitability

This table compares Cadiz and Global Water Resources’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cadiz -7,848.01% N/A -49.62%
Global Water Resources 5.19% 11.33% 0.67%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

49.0% of Cadiz shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 15.4% of Global Water Resources shares are held by institutional investors. 5.6% of Cadiz shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 49.2% of Global Water Resources shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cadiz and Global Water Resources’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cadiz $410,000.00 775.76 -$26.33 million ($2.05) -6.80
Global Water Resources $29.80 million 5.84 -$2.85 million $0.08 110.76

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

Summary

Global Water Resources beats Cadiz on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cadiz

Cadiz Inc. is a land and water resource development company. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had 45,000 acres of land in three areas of eastern San Bernardino County, California. The Company’s primary business is to acquire and develop land with water resources for various uses, including groundwater supply, groundwater storage and agriculture. As of December 31, 2016, the Company was focused on the development of the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project (Water Project or Project), which captures and conserves native groundwater being lost to evaporation from the aquifer system beneath its 34,000-acre property in the Cadiz and Fenner valleys of eastern San Bernardino County (the Cadiz/Fenner Property), and delivers it to water providers throughout Southern California. Its development activities include water resource and agricultural development at its San Bernardino County properties.

About Global Water Resources

Global Water Resources, Inc. is a water resource management company. The Company owns, operates and manages water, wastewater and recycled water utilities in strategically located communities, principally in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona. The Company focuses on the issues of water supply and scarcity, and applies principles of water conservation through water reclamation and reuse. As of April 28, 2016, the Company owned nine water and wastewater utilities in communities principally in metropolitan Phoenix. As of April 28, 2016, the Company served over 50,000 people in approximately 20,000 homes within its 332 square miles of certificated service areas. The Company is creating renewable water systems where wastewater from homes is treated and used again for various outdoor applications.

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