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How to buy California Water Service Group stock

Learn how to easily invest in California Water Service Group stock.

California Water Service Group is an utilities-regulated water business based in the US. California Water Service Group shares (CWT) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. California Water Service Group employs 1,182 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $809.2 million.

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California Water Service Group stock price (NYSE: CWT)

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California Water Service Group shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-09-23.
Latest market close$54.18
52-week range$48.26 - $71.14
50-day moving average $59.52
200-day moving average $58.76
Wall St. target price$61.67
PE ratio 34.4788
Dividend yield $0.96 (1.76%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $1.65

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Is it a good time to buy California Water Service Group stock?

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California Water Service Group price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $54.18 from 2022-09-29

1 week (2022-09-20) N/A
1 month (2022-08-30) -7.75%
3 months (2022-07-01) -4.95%
6 months (2022-03-30) -9.67%
1 year (2021-10-01) -7.83%
2 years (2020-10-01) 21.37%
3 years (2019-10-01) 2.73%
5 years (2017-09-29) 42.02%

Is California Water Service Group stock undervalued or overvalued?

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

California Water Service Group's P/E ratio

California Water Service Group's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 34x. In other words, California Water Service Group shares trade at around 34x 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.

California Water Service Group's PEG ratio

California Water Service Group's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.7043. 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 California Water Service Group's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

California Water Service Group's EBITDA

California Water Service Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $245.6 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a California Water Service Group's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

California Water Service Group financials

Revenue TTM $809.2 million
Operating margin TTM 16.16%
Gross profit TTM $412.8 million
Return on assets TTM 2.26%
Return on equity TTM 7.79%
Profit margin 10.69%
Book value $22.12
Market capitalisation $3.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

California Water Service Group share dividends

59%

Dividend payout ratio: 59.39% of net profits

Recently California Water Service Group has paid out, on average, around 59.39% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.76% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), California Water Service Group shareholders could enjoy a 1.76% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In California Water Service Group's case, that would currently equate to about $0.96 per share.

California Water Service Group'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.

California Water Service Group's most recent dividend payout was on 18 August 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 4 August 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have California Water Service Group's shares ever split?

California Water Service Group's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 12 June 2011. 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 California Water Service Group shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for California Water Service Group shares which in turn could have impacted California Water Service Group's share price.

California Water Service Group share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, California Water Service Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as $48.2625 up to $71.1368. 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 California Water Service Group's is 0.3372. This would suggest that California Water Service Group's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

California Water Service Group overview

California Water Service Group, through its subsidiaries, provides water utility and other related services in California, Washington, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Texas. The company is involved in the production, purchase, storage, treatment, testing, distribution, and sale of water for domestic, industrial, public, and irrigation uses, as well as for fire protection. It offers its services to approximately 494,500 customer connections in 100 California communities; approximately 6,200 water and wastewater customer connections on the islands of Maui and Hawaii; approximately 36,400 customer connections in the Tacoma, Olympia, Graham, Spanaway, Puyallup, and Gig Harbor areas; and approximately 8,600 water and wastewater customer connections in the Belen, Los Lunas, Indian Hills, and Elephant Butte areas in New Mexico. The company also engages in the provision of non-regulated water-related services, including operating of municipally owned water systems, privately owned water, and recycled water distribution systems; water system operation, meter reading, and billing services to private companies and municipalities; leasing of communication antenna sites on its properties to telecommunication companies; and billing of optional third-party insurance programs to its residential customers, as well as provides lab services. In addition, it offers wastewater collection and treatment services. The company was founded in 1926 and is headquartered in San Jose, California. .

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of California Water Service Group is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.961% of California Water Service Group shares are held by insiders and 87.909% by institutions.
How many people work for California Water Service Group?
Latest data suggests 1,182 work at California Water Service Group.
When does the fiscal year end for California Water Service Group?
California Water Service Group's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is California Water Service Group based?
California Water Service Group's address is: 1720 North First Street, San Jose, CA, United States, 95112-4598
What is California Water Service Group's ISIN number?
California Water Service Group's international securities identification number is: US1307881029
What is California Water Service Group's CUSIP number?
California Water Service Group's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 130788102

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