AquaVenture (NYSE: WAAS) is one of 17 public companies in the “UTIL-WATER SPLY” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare AquaVenture to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.
Risk & Volatility
AquaVenture has a beta of 1.52, suggesting that its share price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AquaVenture’s peers have a beta of 0.46, suggesting that their average share price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of recent ratings for AquaVenture and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
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AquaVenture presently has a consensus target price of $22.00, indicating a potential upside of 70.54%. As a group, “UTIL-WATER SPLY” companies have a potential upside of 5.30%. Given AquaVenture’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe AquaVenture is more favorable than its peers.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares AquaVenture and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
AquaVenture’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than AquaVenture. AquaVenture is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.
This table compares AquaVenture and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Insider & Institutional Ownership
35.8% of AquaVenture shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 43.1% of shares of all “UTIL-WATER SPLY” companies are owned by institutional investors. 55.9% of AquaVenture shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.5% of shares of all “UTIL-WATER SPLY” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
AquaVenture peers beat AquaVenture on 8 of the 13 factors compared.
AquaVenture Holdings Limited provides water-as-a-service solutions in North America, the Caribbean, and South America. The company operates in two segments, Seven Seas Water and Quench. It offers desalination and wastewater treatment solutions for governmental, municipal, industrial, and hospitality customers; and point-of-use filtered water systems and related services to approximately 40,000 institutional and commercial customers. The company was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Road Town, British Virgin Islands.
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