The 8 Best Water Stocks: How To Profit From One Of Life’s Bare Necessities

Water is one of the basic necessities of human life. Life as we know it cannot exist without water. For this simple reason, water may be the most valuable commodity on Earth.

It is only natural, then, for investors to consider purchasing shares of the companies involved in water. There are many different companies that can give investors exposure to the water business, such as water utilities. Some other companies are engaged in water purification.

In all, we have compiled a list of 40 stocks that are in the business of water. The list was derived from three of the top water industry exchange-traded funds from Invesco (IVZ):

  • Invesco Water Resources ETF (PHO)
  • Invesco S&P Global Water ETF (CGW)
  • Invesco Global Water ETF (PIO)

Furthermore, you can view a preview of our water stocks spreadsheet below:

Ticker Name Price Dividend Yield Market Cap ($M) P/E Ratio Payout Ratio Beta
AEGN Aegion Corp. 18.83 0.0 602 -38.8 0.0 0.96
AOS A. O. Smith Corp. 44.99 1.9 6,337     0.93
AQN Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. 12.75 4.1 6,309 24.7 100.7 0.25
AQUA Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. 14.11 0.0 1,547 -112.9 0.0 0.88
ARTNA Artesian Resources Corp. 35.36 2.7 325 22.6 62.0 0.46
AWK American Water Works Co., Inc. 118.41 1.6 21,212 36.9 59.9 0.27
AWR American States Water Co. 79.71 1.4 2,872 38.6 54.4 0.40
BMI Badger Meter, Inc. 53.36 1.1 1,563 42.6 47.6 0.91
CTWS Connecticut Water Service, Inc. 69.89 1.8 843 41.4 74.0 0.10
CWCO Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. 13.97 2.4 209 17.7 43.1 0.29
CWT California Water Service Group 52.56 1.5 2,516 42.8 63.0 0.50
DHR Danaher Corp. 136.76 0.5 99,161 39.5 18.9 0.92
ECL Ecolab, Inc. 198.30 0.9 56,609 38.2 34.8 0.78
ERII Energy Recovery, Inc. 9.74 0.0 545 39.2 0.0 1.32
FELE Franklin Electric Co., Inc. 44.70 1.2 2,102 21.8 25.4 1.04
GRC The Gorman-Rupp Co. 31.06 1.7 820 21.4 36.1 1.01
HDS HD Supply Holdings, Inc. 38.05 0.0 6,527 16.4 0.0 0.75
IEX IDEX Corp. 157.06 1.2 12,103 27.8 32.5 1.04
ITRI Itron, Inc. 65.98 0.0 2,670 42.4 0.0 1.43
LNN Lindsay Corp. 89.02 1.4 960 170.5 237.4 1.13
MLI Mueller Industries, Inc. 26.80 1.5 1,526 16.6 24.6 1.13
MSEX Middlesex Water Co. 57.66 0.0 950 28.0 0.0 0.58
MWA Mueller Water Products, Inc. 10.32 1.9 1,626 33.5 64.8 1.14
OLN Olin Corp. 17.86 4.4 3,008 11.0 48.1 1.36
PNR Pentair Plc 36.18 1.9 6,150 16.9 32.8 1.01
ROP Roper Technologies, Inc. 345.89 0.5 36,587 31.9 16.3 0.98
RXN Rexnord Corp. 27.44 0.0 2,944 44.7 0.0 1.49
SJW SJW Group 64.08 1.8 1,798 34.9 64.0 0.37
STN Stantec, Inc. 22.82 1.9 2,551 49.5 92.0 0.51
TTC The Toro Co. 71.35 1.2 7,596 25.8 30.8 0.76
TTEK Tetra Tech, Inc. 76.38 0.7 4,199 23.9 15.9 1.03
VMI Valmont Industries, Inc. 129.06 1.1 2,835 28.2 32.3 1.13
WAAS AquaVenture Holdings Ltd. 18.33 0.0 535 -24.4 0.0 0.58
WAT Waters Corp. 210.29 0.0 13,993 26.5 0.0 0.88
WMS Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. 33.32 1.0 1,936 -10.0 -9.8 0.94
WTR Aqua America, Inc. 41.62 2.1 8,877 54.4 115.9 0.23
WTS Watts Water Technologies, Inc. 91.30 0.9 3,141 24.4 22.7 1.05
WTTR Select Energy Services, Inc. 8.20 0.0 910 19.7 0.0 1.15
XYL Xylem, Inc. 75.00 1.2 13,649 23.5 27.9 1.10
YORW York Water Co. 35.45 1.9 466 32.7 62.5 0.51
               

In addition to the Excel spreadsheet above, this article covers our top 8 water stocks today, as ranked using expected total returns from the Sure Analysis Research Database.

This article will discuss the top 8 water stocks ranked by expected total annual returns over the next five years, in order from lowest to highest.

Water Stock #8: Olin Corp. (OLN)

  • Expected Return: 4.9%

Olin Corporation was founded in 1892. Today Olin Corp is separated into three business segments. The Chlor Alkali Products and Vinyls segment sells chlorine and caustic soda (accounts for 57% of 2018 sales), the Epoxy segment sells epoxy resins used in paints and coatings (33% of sales), and the Winchester segment sells ammunition and ammunition accessories (10% of sales).

Olin has customers in nearly 100 countries around the world, and the stock has a market capitalization of $3.5 billion.

On July 31st, Olin reported mixed second-quarter financial results. Revenue of $1.6 billion fell 8% year-over-year but beat expectations by $40 million. However, Olin swung to a net loss of $0.12 per share, a big miss as analysts had expected the company to report a positive EPS of $0.01 per share. In the same quarter last year, Olin generated a positive EPS of $0.35 per share.

Olin incurred a number of expenses that caused it to lose money for the quarter. These include depreciation and amortization expense of $151.4 million; restructuring charges of $3.8 million; information technology integration costs of $21.5 million; and a $20 million expense for environmental investigatory and remedial activities.

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