Aqua America Dividend Stock Analysis 2016

Aqua America

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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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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Aqua America (WTR) Dividend Stock Analysis

Aqua America

Aqua America (WTR) is the second largest water utility company in North America serving eight states serving approximately 3 million customers. The company intends to grow through acquisitions, and has made approximately 300 acquisitions and growth ventures since 1995. The company enjoys stability due to the nature of the industry and intends to look at unregulated and acquisition opportunities for growth. The company is a dividend contender having raised dividends for 23 consecutive years with a 5-yr dividend growth rate of 7.6%.

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