Comparing SEVERN TRENT PL/S (STRNY) and York Water (YORW)

SEVERN TRENT PL/S (OTCMKTS:STRNY) and York Water (NASDAQ:YORW) are both utilities companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for SEVERN TRENT PL/S and York Water, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SEVERN TRENT PL/S 0 1 0 0 2.00
York Water 0 2 0 0 2.00

York Water has a consensus price target of $36.00, indicating a potential upside of 8.17%. Given York Water’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe York Water is more favorable than SEVERN TRENT PL/S.


York Water pays an annual dividend of $0.69 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. SEVERN TRENT PL/S does not pay a dividend. York Water pays out 66.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. York Water has raised its dividend for 17 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

36.9% of York Water shares are held by institutional investors. 1.2% of York Water shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares SEVERN TRENT PL/S and York Water’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
York Water $48.44 million 8.89 $13.38 million $1.04 32.00

York Water has higher revenue and earnings than SEVERN TRENT PL/S.


This table compares SEVERN TRENT PL/S and York Water’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
York Water 27.61% 10.85% 3.95%


York Water beats SEVERN TRENT PL/S on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

SEVERN TRENT PL/S Company Profile

Severn Trent Plc operates as a water and sewerage company in the United Kingdom and internationally. The company operates through two segments, Regulated Water and Waste Water, and Business Services. The Regulated Water and Waste Water segment provides water and sewerage services to approximately 4.3 million households and businesses in the Midlands and mid-Wales. The Business Services segment provides contract services to municipal and industrial clients in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the UK Ministry of Defence for the design, build, and operation of water and waste water treatment facilities and networks. This segment also generates renewable energy from anaerobic digestion, hydropower, wind turbines, and solar technology. Severn Trent Plc was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in Coventry, the United Kingdom.

York Water Company Profile

The York Water Company impounds, purifies, and distributes drinking water. It also owns and operates three wastewater collection systems and two wastewater treatment systems; and two reservoirs, including Lake Williams and Lake Redman, which together hold up to approximately 2.2 billion gallons of water. In addition, the company has a 15-mile pipeline from the Susquehanna River to Lake Redman; and owns seven wells that supply approximately 366,000 gallons of water per day to its customers in Carroll Valley Borough and Cumberland Township, Adams County. It serves customers in 39 municipalities within York County and 9 municipalities within Adams County, Pennsylvania. The company serves various customers in the fixture and furniture, electrical machinery, food product, paper, ordnance unit, textile product, air conditioning system, laundry detergent, barbell, and motorcycle industries. The York Water Company was founded in 1816 and is headquartered in York, Pennsylvania.

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