Comparing Cadiz (NASDAQ:CDZI) and The York Water (YORW)

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

Dividends

The York Water pays an annual dividend of $0.67 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Cadiz does not pay a dividend. The York Water pays out 66.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

48.8% of Cadiz shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 34.2% of The York Water shares are held by institutional investors. 5.6% of Cadiz shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.1% of The York Water shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Cadiz has a beta of 0.59, meaning that its stock price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, The York Water has a beta of 0.45, meaning that its stock price is 55% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Cadiz and The York Water, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cadiz 0 0 1 0 3.00
The York Water 0 1 0 0 2.00

Cadiz currently has a consensus price target of $18.00, indicating a potential upside of 31.87%. Given Cadiz’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Cadiz is more favorable than The York Water.

Profitability

This table compares Cadiz and The York Water’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%
The York Water 26.70% 11.13% 3.94%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cadiz and The York Water’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) 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
The York Water $48.59 million 8.38 $12.97 million $1.01 31.34

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

Cadiz Company Profile

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.

The York Water Company Profile

The York Water Company impounds, purifies, and distributes drinking water. It also owns and operates three wastewater collection systems and two wastewater treatment systems; and two reservoirs, including Lake Williams and Lake Redman, which together hold up to approximately 2.2 billion gallons of water. In addition, the company has a 15-mile pipeline from the Susquehanna River to Lake Redman; and owns seven wells that supply approximately 366,000 gallons of water per day to its customers in Carroll Valley Borough and Cumberland Township, Adams County. It serves customers in 39 municipalities within York County and 9 municipalities within Adams County, Pennsylvania. The company serves various customers in the fixture and furniture, electrical machinery, food product, paper, ordnance unit, textile product, air conditioning system, laundry detergent, barbell, and motorcycle industries. The York Water Company was founded in 1816 and is headquartered in York, Pennsylvania.

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