The Prudent Investor


The Four Survivors
January 26, 2007, 8:01 am
Filed under: Water Utilities

With a couple of passes through the water utilities, it is time to look back at what remains. The following are the companies we will be examining going forward.

California Water Service Group (CWT)

SJW Corp. (SJW)

American States Water Co. (AWR)

Middlesex Water Co. (MSEX)

Comparison chart

Here is a comparison of the companies over the past three years. The chart is a little misleading because it does not include dividends paid – the apparent laggard in the group, according to this chart, offers a comfortable 3.6% dividend.

So whereas this blog has been daily from the start, it is time to slow things down and look more in depth at each company. In addition to examining the things one would normally expect, I am going to evaluate some intangibles, like availability of information through their website, and response by their Investor Relations Department. In my time investing, I have found that a lack of information results in the greatest amount of anxiety, so quick and easy access to the information I need is an issue.

After examining all four companies, it will be time to toss any that do not measure up, and determine which company will be selected, which could come down to a guess in the timing of a purchase.

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