Aqua America Dividend Stock Analysis 2016

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Aqua America, Inc. (WTR), through its subsidiaries, operates regulated utilities that provide water or wastewater services in the United States. The company serves approximately 3 million customers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina, New Jersey, Indiana, and Virginia.

Investing in water can provide lucrative returns with the stability that comes with investing in utility stocks. 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. The company has very impressive revenue and earnings growth record in the sector and has been a dividend grower for 25 consecutive years.

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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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American Water Works Dividend Stock Analysis 2016

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American Water Works Company (AWK) is the largest publicly traded water company serving approximately 15 million people in U.S. and Canada. It operates approximately 81 surface water treatment plants with approximately 500 groundwater treatment plants and 1,000 groundwater wells; 100 wastewater treatment facilities, 1,200 treated water storage facilities, 1,400 pumping stations, 81 dams, and 49,000 miles of mains and collection pipes.

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American Water Works appears to have turned the company around and cleaned up its books since facing a lot of challenges a few years ago. Earnings and free cash flow have turned positive and dividends have continued to grow over the years. The company provides a great opportunity for investors looking to water exposure, although it appears to be a bit overvalued currently.

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Recent Buy – Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp

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A fourth purchase in the month of July! This is turning out to be quite an active month for my portfolio. Whenever I make a purchase, I like to share my buys to document and illustrate how I am building my income stream over the course of months/years. My main goal is simply to keep investing at regular intervals and build my passive income over the course of time. In staying true to tradition, here’s another purchase introducing a new holding to my portfolio.

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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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