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How to buy Essential Utilities stock | $47.48

Learn how to easily invest in Essential Utilities stock.

Essential Utilities Inc is an utilities-regulated water business based in the US. Essential Utilities shares (WTRG) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Essential Utilities employs 3,180 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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Essential Utilities stock price (NYSE: WTRG)

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Essential Utilities shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-10-10.
Latest market close$47.48
52-week range$40.16 - $50.72
50-day moving average $47.91
200-day moving average $47.49
Wall St. target price$54.33
PE ratio 27.9277
Dividend yield $1.003 (2.14%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $1.66

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Is it a good time to buy Essential Utilities stock?

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Essential Utilities price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $47.48 from 2021-10-15

1 week (2021-10-08) 2.42%
1 month (2021-09-17) 2.24%
3 months (2021-07-16) -1.62%
6 months (2021-04-16) 0.51%
1 year (2020-10-16) 13.45%
2 years (2019-10-17) 2.44%
3 years (2018-10-17) 27.88%
5 years (2016-10-17) 59.92%

Is Essential Utilities under- or over-valued?

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

Essential Utilities's P/E ratio

Essential Utilities's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 28x. In other words, Essential Utilities shares trade at around 28x recent earnings.

That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29).

Essential Utilities's PEG ratio

Essential Utilities's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.504. 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 Essential Utilities's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Essential Utilities's EBITDA

Essential Utilities's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $905.8 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Essential Utilities's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Essential Utilities financials

Revenue TTM $1.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 34.26%
Gross profit TTM $808.1 million
Return on assets TTM 2.86%
Return on equity TTM 8.93%
Profit margin 23.46%
Book value $19.68
Market capitalisation $11.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Essential Utilities shares

There are currently 3.3 million Essential Utilities shares held short by investors – that's known as Essential Utilities's "short interest". This figure is 6.4% up from 3.1 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Essential Utilities shares can be evaluated.

Essential Utilities's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Essential Utilities's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Essential Utilities shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Essential Utilities shares traded daily (recently around 1.0 million). Essential Utilities's SIR currently stands at 3.24. In other words for every 100,000 Essential Utilities shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3240 shares are currently held short.

However Essential Utilities's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Essential Utilities shares, or, against the total number of tradable Essential Utilities shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Essential Utilities's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Essential Utilities shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0133% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Essential Utilities shares, roughly 13 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Essential Utilities.

Find out more about how you can short Essential Utilities stock.

Essential Utilities'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 Essential Utilities.

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

Essential Utilities's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 43.19

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Essential Utilities's overall score of 43.19 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 91st percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Essential Utilities 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.).

Essential Utilities's environmental score

Environmental score: 25.85/100

Essential Utilities's environmental score of 25.85 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Essential Utilities is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Essential Utilities's social score

Social score: 20.5/100

Essential Utilities's social score of 20.5 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Essential Utilities is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Essential Utilities's governance score

Governance score: 13.34/100

Essential Utilities's governance score puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Essential Utilities is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Essential Utilities's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Essential Utilities scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that Essential Utilities has managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Essential Utilities Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 43.19
Total ESG percentile 90.56
Environmental score 25.85
Environmental score percentile 9
Social score 20.5
Social score percentile 9
Governance score 13.34
Governance score percentile 9
Level of controversy 1

Essential Utilities share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 58.98% of net profits

Recently Essential Utilities has paid out, on average, around 58.98% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.31% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Essential Utilities shareholders could enjoy a 2.31% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Essential Utilities's case, that would currently equate to about $1.003 per share.

Essential Utilities'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.

Essential Utilities's most recent dividend payout was on 31 August 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 11 August 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Essential Utilities's shares ever split?

Essential Utilities's shares were split on a 5:4 basis on 2 September 2013. So if you had owned 4 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 5 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Essential Utilities shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 20% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Essential Utilities shares which in turn could have impacted Essential Utilities's share price.

Essential Utilities share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Essential Utilities's shares have ranged in value from as little as $40.1615 up to $50.72. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

WTRG.US volatility(beta: 0.56)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Essential Utilities's is 0.5619. This would suggest that Essential Utilities's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Essential Utilities overview

Essential Utilities, Inc. , through its subsidiaries, operates regulated utilities that provide water, wastewater, or natural gas services in the United States. It offers water services through operating and maintenance contracts with municipal authorities and other parties. The company also provides non-utility raw water supply services for firms in the natural gas drilling industry; and water and sewer line protection solutions, and repair services to households through a third-party. It serves approximately 5 million residential water, commercial water, fire protection, industrial water, wastewater, and other water and utility customers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina, New Jersey, Indiana, Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky under the Aqua and Peoples brands. The company was formerly known as Aqua America, Inc. and changed its name to Essential Utilities, Inc.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Essential Utilities is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.15% of Essential Utilities shares are held by insiders and 75.388% by institutions.
How many people work for Essential Utilities?
Latest data suggests 3,180 work at Essential Utilities.
When does the fiscal year end for Essential Utilities?
Essential Utilities's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is Essential Utilities based?
Essential Utilities's address is: 762 West Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA, United States, 19010-3489
What is Essential Utilities's ISIN number?
Essential Utilities's international securities identification number is: US29670G1022
What is Essential Utilities's CUSIP number?
Essential Utilities's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 03836W103

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