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How to buy California Water Service Group (CWT) shares

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

California Water Service Group is an utilities-regulated water business based in the US. California Water Service Group stocks (CWT.US) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $57.32 – a decrease of 4.34% over the previous week. California Water Service Group employs 1,192 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $806.7 million.

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

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How has Coronavirus impacted California Water Service Group's stock price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, California Water Service Group's stock price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was $61.97, which is 12.05% up on its pre-crash value of $54.5 and 55.94% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $39.74.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of California Water Service Group stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth $885.07 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $1,158.84.

California Water Service Group stock price (NYSE:CWT)

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California Water Service Group shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-01-18.
Latest market close$61.97
52-week range$50.65 - $72.08
50-day moving average $66.71
200-day moving average $61.50
Wall St. target price$61.00
PE ratio 28.3766
Dividend yield $0.902 (1.47%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $2.20

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California Water Service Group price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $61.97 from 2022-01-18

1 week (2022-01-12) -4.34%
1 month (2021-12-17) -10.62%
3 months (2021-10-19) 3.94%
6 months (2021-07-19) 4.12%
1 year (2021-01-19) 13.87%
2 years (2020-01-17) 19.82%
3 years (2019-01-18) 31.18%
5 years (2017-01-19) 88.07%

Is California Water Service Group under- or over-valued?

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 28x. In other words, California Water Service Group 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).

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 $261.2 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 $806.7 million
Operating margin TTM 18.86%
Gross profit TTM $406.3 million
Return on assets TTM 2.65%
Return on equity TTM 80.94%
Profit margin 14.02%
Book value $21.21
Market capitalisation $3.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

California Water Service Group share dividends

42%

Dividend payout ratio: 41.82% of net profits

Recently California Water Service Group has paid out, on average, around 41.82% 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), California Water Service Group shareholders could enjoy a 1.47% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In California Water Service Group's case, that would currently equate to about $0.902 per share.

While California Water Service Group's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that California Water Service Group may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

California Water Service Group's most recent dividend payout was on 18 November 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 4 November 2021 (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 $50.6549 up to $72.08. 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 0.1733. 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, and Hawaii. It 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. The company offers its services to approximately 492,600 customer connections in 100 California communities; approximately 5,300 water and wastewater customer connections on the islands of Maui and Hawaii; approximately 36,600 customer connections in the Tacoma, Olympia, Graham, Spanaway, Puyallup, and Gig Harbor areas; and approximately 8,500 water and wastewater customer connections in the Belen, Los Lunas, Indian Hills, and Elephant Butte areas in New Mexico. It 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, the company offers wastewater collection and treatment services. California Water Service Group was founded in 1926 and is headquartered in San Jose, California. .

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