Head-To-Head Analysis: Connecticut Water Service (CTWS) & Cadiz (CDZI)

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

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48.8% of Cadiz shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.8% of Connecticut Water Service shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.6% of Cadiz shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of Connecticut Water Service shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Connecticut Water Service pays an annual dividend of $1.19 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Cadiz does not pay a dividend. Connecticut Water Service pays out 52.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Connecticut Water Service has raised its dividend for 48 consecutive years.

Volatility and Risk

Cadiz has a beta of 0.59, meaning that its stock price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Connecticut Water Service has a beta of -0.05, meaning that its stock price is 105% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Cadiz and Connecticut Water Service, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cadiz 0 0 1 0 3.00
Connecticut Water Service 0 1 0 0 2.00

Cadiz currently has a consensus target price of $18.00, suggesting a potential upside of 31.87%. Connecticut Water Service has a consensus target price of $57.00, suggesting a potential downside of 9.08%. Given Cadiz’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Cadiz is more favorable than Connecticut Water Service.

Profitability

This table compares Cadiz and Connecticut Water Service’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cadiz -7,732.19% N/A -50.26%
Connecticut Water Service 21.04% 9.62% 3.00%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cadiz and Connecticut Water Service’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cadiz $430,000.00 737.10 -$33.86 million ($1.41) -9.68
Connecticut Water Service $113.85 million 6.53 $25.05 million $2.26 27.74

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

Summary

Connecticut Water Service beats Cadiz on 9 of the 17 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 Connecticut Water Service

Connecticut Water Service, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a regulated water company. The company operates through three segments: Water Operations, Real Estate Transactions, and Services and Rentals. The Water Operations segment supplies public drinking water. The Real Estate Transactions segment is involved in the sale or donation of its real estate holdings. The Services and Rentals segment provides contracted services to water and wastewater utilities, and other clients. Its services include contract operations of water and wastewater facilities; Linebacker, a service line protection plan for public drinking water customers; and providing bulk deliveries of emergency drinking water to businesses and residences through tanker trucks. This segment also leases and rents residential and commercial properties to third parties. As of December 31, 2017, the company supplied water to 135,645 customers in 80 municipalities in Connecticut and Maine, the United States. Connecticut Water Service, Inc. was founded in 1956 and is headquartered in Clinton, Connecticut.

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