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How to buy American Water Works Company stock

Learn how to easily invest in American Water Works Company stock.

American Water Works Company Inc is an utilities-regulated water business based in the US. American Water Works Company shares (AWK) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. American Water Works Company employs 7,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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American Water Works Company stock price (NYSE: AWK)

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American Water Works Company shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-01-17.
Latest market close$162.70
52-week range$129.59 - $189.65
50-day moving average $175.46
200-day moving average $168.79
Wall St. target price$176.08
PE ratio 41.9884
Dividend yield $2.305 (1.47%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $4.18

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American Water Works Company price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $162.7 from 2022-01-20

1 week (2022-01-14) -0.53%
1 month (2021-12-21) -10.24%
3 months (2021-10-21) -6.25%
6 months (2021-07-21) -0.48%
1 year (2021-01-21) 1.12%
2 years (2020-01-21) 22.13%
3 years (2019-01-18) 75.68%
5 years (2017-01-20) 126.19%

Is American Water Works Company stock undervalued or overvalued?

Valuing American Water Works Company stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of American Water Works Company's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

American Water Works Company's P/E ratio

American Water Works Company's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 42x. In other words, American Water Works Company shares trade at around 42x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

American Water Works Company's PEG ratio

American Water Works Company's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 4.6575. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into American Water Works Company's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

American Water Works Company's EBITDA

American Water Works Company's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $1.9 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a American Water Works Company's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

American Water Works Company financials

Revenue TTM $3.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 33.57%
Gross profit TTM $2.2 billion
Return on assets TTM 3.29%
Return on equity TTM 1140.68%
Profit margin 19.55%
Book value $37.82
Market capitalisation $29.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

American Water Works Company's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like American Water Works Company.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

American Water Works Company's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 32.02

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and American Water Works Company's overall score of 32.02 (as at 12/31/2018) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 55th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like American Water Works Company is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

American Water Works Company's environmental score

Environmental score: 14.85/100

American Water Works Company's environmental score of 14.85 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that American Water Works Company is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

American Water Works Company's social score

Social score: 13.51/100

American Water Works Company's social score of 13.51 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that American Water Works Company is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

American Water Works Company's governance score

Governance score: 6.66/100

American Water Works Company's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that American Water Works Company is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

American Water Works Company's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. American Water Works Company scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that American Water Works Company has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

American Water Works Company Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 32.02
Total ESG percentile 54.95
Environmental score 14.85
Environmental score percentile 4
Social score 13.51
Social score percentile 4
Governance score 6.66
Governance score percentile 4
Level of controversy 2

American Water Works Company share dividends

58%

Dividend payout ratio: 57.66% of net profits

Recently American Water Works Company has paid out, on average, around 57.66% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.47% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), American Water Works Company shareholders could enjoy a 1.47% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In American Water Works Company's case, that would currently equate to about $2.305 per share.

American Water Works Company's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

American Water Works Company's most recent dividend payout was on 28 February 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 6 February 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have American Water Works Company's shares ever split?

American Water Works Company's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 25 July 1996. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your American Water Works Company shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for American Water Works Company shares which in turn could have impacted American Water Works Company's share price.

American Water Works Company share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, American Water Works Company's shares have ranged in value from as little as $129.5867 up to $189.65. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while American Water Works Company's is 0.3071. This would suggest that American Water Works Company's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

American Water Works Company overview

American Water Works Company, Inc. , through its subsidiaries, provides water and wastewater services in the United States. It offers water and wastewater services to approximately 1,700 communities in 16 states serving approximately 3. 5 million active customers. The company serves residential customers; commercial customers, such as food and beverage providers, commercial property developers and proprietors, and energy suppliers; fire service and private fire customers; industrial customers, such as large-scale manufacturers, mining, and production operations; public authorities comprising government buildings and other public sector facilities, such as schools and universities; and other utilities and community water and wastewater systems. It also provides various warranty protection programs to residential customers; and water and wastewater services on various military installations. In addition, the company undertakes contracts with municipal customers, primarily to operate and manage water and wastewater facilities, as well as offers other related services.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of American Water Works Company is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.219% of American Water Works Company shares are held by insiders and 86.948% by institutions.
How many people work for American Water Works Company?
Latest data suggests 7,000 work at American Water Works Company.
When does the fiscal year end for American Water Works Company?
American Water Works Company's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is American Water Works Company based?
American Water Works Company's address is: 1 Water Street, Camden, NJ, United States, 08102-1658
What is American Water Works Company's ISIN number?
American Water Works Company's international securities identification number is: US0304201033
What is American Water Works Company's CUSIP number?
American Water Works Company's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 030420103

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