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Recent Valuation: Aqua America (NYSE: WTR)

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Aqua America is in the utilities sector and trades as part of the regulated utilities industry. The company CEO is Christopher H. Franklin. Aqua America Inc is the holding company for regulated utilities providing water or wastewater services concentrated in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina, New Jersey, Indiana, and Virginia.

Previous Intraday Trading Performance:

The WTR stock showed a previous change of -0.53% with an open at 35.66 and a close of 35.57. It reached an intraday high of 35.75 and a low of 35.36.

SeekingAlpha:  Aqua America Inc.: Short-Term Possibilities Here

Liquidity:

The stock has a market cap of $6.3b with 178.1m shares outstanding, of which the float is 177.4m shares. Trading volume reached 751,810 shares compared to its average volume of 726,836 shares. Based on the current average volume and close price, the trading liquidity is good.

Historical Trading Performance:

Over the last five trading days, Aqua America shares returned 0.54% and in the past 30 trading days it returned 4.28%. Over three months, it changed 1.70%. In one year it has changed 7.00% and within that year its 52-week high was 38.24 and its 52-week low was 32.09. WTR stock is 10.84% above its 52 Week Low.

Our calculations show a 200 day moving average of 35.02 and a 50 day moving average of 34.77. Currently WTR stock is trading 1.58% above its 200 day moving average and may be a good opportunity to buy.

SeekingAlpha:  Is Aqua America’s Valuation Justified?

Earnings:

The last annual fiscal EPS for the company was reported at 1.41 that ended on 31st of December 2018, which according to the previous close, that is a PE of 32.94. Based on 5 analyst estimates, the consensus EPS for the next quarter is 0.32. The TTM EPS is 1.41, which comes to a TTM PE of 25.23. Historically, the PE high was 32.94 and the PE low was 18.10. If the stock reached its PE low, that would represent a price of 25.52, which is a decrease of -28.26%.

The following are the last four quarter reported earnings per share:
12-31-2018:  0.31
09-30-2018:  0.44
06-30-2018:  0.37
03-31-2018:  0.29

The dividend per share is currently 0.88, which is a dividend yield of 2.46%.

Indicators to Watch:

Based on the latest filings, there is 88.30% of institutional ownership. Short-interest is 8,485,651, which is 4.76% of shares outstanding. The short-interest ratio or days-to-cover ratio is 11.26. This stock has some short interest, but it may be normal and no cause for concern if long the position.

The current calculated beta is 0.46

SeekingAlpha:  Is Aqua America’s Valuation Justified?

Fundamental Indicators:

Based on last reported financials, the company’s return on equity is 9.89%, return on assets is 2.95%, profit margin is 23.05%, price-to-sales is 7.60 and price-to-book is 3.17.

Company Scores:

All scores are out of six:
 1  :Valuation Score
 2  :Past Performance Score
 0  :Financial Strength Score
 1  :Future Growth Score
 5  :Dividend Score
 1  :Overall Score

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John Jones
Worked for several Wall Street firms: Salomon Smith Barney, UBS, and Charles Schwab. Has developed skills and gained extensive experience over the years that is used today to uncover winning penny stocks.Also was an attorney for small businesses in Scottsdale, Arizona. That experience and understanding of law provides a unique perspective and edge in discovering quality companies in various industries.

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