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Does The York Water Company’s (NASDAQ:YORW) Past Performance Indicate A Stronger Future?

Bruce Howe

After looking at The York Water Company’s (NASDAQ:YORW) latest earnings announcement (31 March 2018), I found it useful to revisit the company’s performance in the past couple of years and assess this against the most recent figures. As a long term investor, I pay close attention to earnings trend, rather than the figures published at one point in time. I also compare against an industry benchmark to check whether York Water’s performance has been impacted by industry movements. In this article I briefly touch on my key findings. Check out our latest analysis for York Water

Commentary On YORW’s Past Performance

YORW’s trailing twelve-month earnings (from 31 March 2018) of US$12.99m has increased by 8.76% compared to the previous year. Furthermore, this one-year growth rate has exceeded its 5-year annual growth average of 6.37%, indicating the rate at which YORW is growing has accelerated. How has it been able to do this? Well, let’s take a look at if it is merely due to industry tailwinds, or if York Water has seen some company-specific growth.

In the past few years, York Water grew its bottom line faster than revenue by effectively controlling its costs. This brought about a margin expansion and profitability over time. Scanning growth from a sector-level, the US water utilities industry has been growing, albeit, at a muted single-digit rate of 8.52% over the previous year, and 7.13% over the past five. This suggests that any uplift the industry is deriving benefit from, York Water is able to leverage this to its advantage.

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In terms of returns from investment, York Water has not invested its equity funds well, leading to a 10.78% return on equity (ROE), below the sensible minimum of 20%. However, its return on assets (ROA) of 5.52% exceeds the US Water Utilities industry of 4.30%, indicating York Water has used its assets more efficiently. And finally, its return on capital (ROC), which also accounts for York Water’s debt level, has increased over the past 3 years from 5.51% to 5.59%. This correlates with a decrease in debt holding, with debt-to-equity ratio declining from 86.93% to 76.31% over the past 5 years.

What does this mean?

While past data is useful, it doesn’t tell the whole story. While York Water has a good historical track record with positive growth and profitability, there’s no certainty that this will extrapolate into the future. You should continue to research York Water to get a more holistic view of the stock by looking at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for YORW’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for YORW’s outlook.
  2. Financial Health: Is YORW’s operations financially sustainable? Balance sheets can be hard to analyze, which is why we’ve done it for you. Check out our financial health checks here.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

NB: Figures in this article are calculated using data from the trailing twelve months from 31 March 2018. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.
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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.