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Aqua America Inc
WTR : NYSE : Utilities
$29.34 | %
Today's Range: 28.90 - 29.38
Avg. Daily Volume: 747,900
11/27/15 - 1:02 PM ET

Financial Analysis

AQUA AMERICA INC's gross profit margin for the third quarter of its fiscal year 2015 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. Even though sales increased, the net income has decreased. AQUA AMERICA INC has weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.53 which shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has increased from the same period last year, indicating improving cash flow.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has increased by 7.03% from the same quarter last year. Overall, the key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is in a position in which financial difficulties could develop in the future.

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Income Statement Q3 FY15 Q3 FY14
Net Sales ($mil)221.05210.54
EBITDA ($mil)127.05124.54
EBIT ($mil)95.0795.06
Net Income ($mil)67.4368.0

Balance Sheet Q3 FY15 Q3 FY14
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)4.074.84
Total Assets ($mil)5701.355307.18
Total Debt ($mil)1756.741654.0
Equity ($mil)1728.681615.13

Profitability Q3 FY15 Q3 FY14
Gross Profit Margin57.4859.15
EBITDA Margin57.4759.15
Operating Margin43.0145.15
Sales Turnover0.140.15
Return on Assets4.214.21
Return on Equity12.8613.07
Debt Q3 FY15 Q3 FY14
Current Ratio0.780.88
Interest Expense19.2418.99
Interest Coverage4.945.01

Share Data Q3 FY15 Q3 FY14
Shares outstanding (mil)176.56176.7
Div / share0.180.17
Book value / share9.799.14
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume780840.0672567.0


BUY. The current P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 19.68 for the Water Utilities industry and a value on par with the S&P 500 average of 21.93. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.96 indicates valuation on par with the S&P 500 average of 2.77 and a premium versus the industry average of 2.05. The price-to-sales ratio is well above both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a premium. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, AQUA AMERICA INC proves to trade at a premium to investment alternatives within the industry.

1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Price/Cash Flow
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
WTR 23.22 Peers 19.68   WTR 13.79 Peers 9.46

Premium. A higher P/E ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher growth expectations.

WTR is trading at a premium to its peers.


Premium. The P/CF ratio, a stock’s price divided by the company's cash flow from operations, is useful for comparing companies with different capital requirements or financing structures.

WTR is trading at a significant premium to its peers.

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premium   discount
  Price to
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
WTR 21.46 Peers 22.46   WTR 4.10 Peers 3.65

Average. An average price-to-projected earnings ratio can signify an industry neutral stock price and average future growth expectations.

WTR is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.


Premium. The PEG ratio is the stock’s P/E divided by the consensus estimate of long-term earnings growth. Faster growth can justify higher price multiples.

WTR trades at a premium to its peers.

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premium   discount
  Earnings Growth
1 2 3 4 5
lower   higher
WTR 2.96 Peers 2.05   WTR 5.04 Peers -7.62

Premium. A higher price-to-book ratio makes a stock less attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.

WTR is trading at a significant premium to its peers.


Higher. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.

WTR is expected to have an earnings growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.

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premium   discount
  Sales Growth
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
WTR 6.34 Peers 4.09   WTR 4.24 Peers 2.14

Premium. In the absence of P/E and P/B multiples, the price-to-sales ratio can display the value investors are placing on each dollar of sales.

WTR is trading at a significant premium to its industry.


Higher. A sales growth rate that exceeds the industry implies that a company is gaining market share.

WTR has a sales growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.



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