American States Water Co Dividend Stock Analysis 2016

American States Water Co (AWR) together with its subsidiaries, provides water and electric services to residential, industrial, and other customers in the United States. It operates through three segments: Water, Electric, and Contracted Services. American States Water Co differentiates itself from the competition due to its long term contracts with the US military. Due to the nature of the contracts, the company has enjoyed stable revenue and earnings growth over the past several years. According to the last quarterly report, approx. ¼ of its earnings come from the long term military contracts. Most recently, the company won a 50-yr contract to operate and maintain water and wastewater systems at Elgin Air Force Base in Florida. The contract is estimated to be a value of $510M over 50 years.

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American States Water Co boasts one of the best dividend growth streaks. With 62 years of consecutive dividend raises, not many companies can stand up to challenge that record. Running a company in one of the most fundamental requirements for human survival – water, the company has enjoyed extremely stable revenue and earnings over the decades

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How to Invest in Water – Water Utilities

The next hot investment is water. Water, freshwater to be particular, will have a profound impact on human civilization in the coming decades. Naturally, the savvy and prudent investors will have some exposure to water in their portfolio, as the value of water rises. In this series of posts, I will cover some obvious and not-so-obvious ways to invest in water. This the first post of the series and we look at the most obvious of the investment vehicles available for water, i.e.,  water utilities.

The advantage of investing via utilities is that the companies provide a crucial service and have been around for over a 100 years, having stood the test the time. Lucky for income investors, the water utility companies also pay a decent dividend and all companies mentioned here are proven dividend growers.

How to Invest in Water

The water utilities industry is fairly small, with just a few players, each covering a small region of the country. The major players are summarized below. Only companies paying dividends are profiled in this article. In addition, there might be other companies that operate in utilities, but have water as just one segment of the business, instead of the main focus. This list looks are pure-play water utilities.

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American States Water (AWR) Dividend Stock Analysis

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American States Water Co. (AWR) is the parent company of Golden State Water Co. (GSWC) and American States Utility Services, Inc. (ASUS) and its subsidiaries. It is the third largest water utility company in North America behind American Water Works (AWK) and Aqua America (WTR). American States Water has its main focus on military contracts for long durations (usually 50 years) and looks at unregulated markets for growth opportunities. The combination makes for stability and the company has demonstrated it with the long history of dividend payments and dividend growth.

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