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Water Companies and Utilities

SIC 4941 | NAICS 221300

The following guide to industry information, research, and analysis provides sources for industry trends and statistics, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.


Select from the following sections or scroll below to view available resources:

Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Financial Information and Financial Ratios

Compensation and Salary Surveys

Business Valuation Resources


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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts


Water Supply Systems  (view report)
Sewage Treatment Facilities  (view report)

Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Key statistics
  • Market size and characteristics
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast


American Waterworks Association
Publications available from this trade association include:

Journal AWWA
http://www.awwa.org/
Monthly magazine features news and information for the water and wastewater industry, with topics covered in the magazine including industry developments, management practices, emerging issues, treatment processes, distribution systems, infrastructure, customer service, and regulatory matters. Selected feature articles from current and past issues of this publication can be viewed free online.

AWWA State of the Industry Report
http://www.awwa.org/
Annual survey identifies and explores significant challenges facing the industry and provides users with data and analysis to help them in developing strategies to deal with these issues, with topics covered in the report including current health, issues facing participants, resources management, system stewardship, communications with the public, regulatory concerns, and workforce issues.


First Research

Water & Sewer Utilities
http://www.firstresearch.com
First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations, and include a five-year revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated quarterly and include:
  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast


Environmental Business International, Inc.
Waterview Report
http://ebionline.org/

Comprehensive report analyzes the current state and future of the water and wastewater industries, with topics addressed in the report including industry trends and strategies, analysis of markets and end-users, water rights and wholesaling, productivity and information technology, treatment works and equipment, and profiles of leading suppliers. Detailed table of contents is available free online.


WeiserMazars LLP
U.S. Water Industry Outlook
http://weisermazars.com/

Annual survey provides insights into the perspectives of water professionals and stakeholders from both an operational and financial standpoint, with topics covered in the report including water supply, aging of infrastructure, key revenue and operating cost drivers, rate increases, financing availability, challenges facing participants, role of technology, and primary drivers for investments in technology.




Financial Benchmarking Data


Industry Financial Ratios
Water Supply Systems / Sewage Treatment Facilities
https://www.bizminer.com  Search for "2213" to see reports for specific types of operations
Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.
  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios



American Waterworks Association
Benchmarking Performance Indicators: Survey Data and Analysis Report
http://www.awwa.org/

Benchmarking survey allows users to compare their organization's performance with other similar organizations, with financial benchmarks covered in the survey including operating ratio, return on assets, cash reserve in days, debt service coverage ratio, and operating and maintenance costs for water and sewage operations by customer account, millions of gallons, and 100 miles of pipe.




Compensation Surveys


American Waterworks Association
Compensation Surveys
http://www.awwa.org/

Individual compensation surveys for large, medium, and small water and wastewater utilities provide detailed information on salaries, salary ranges, and compensation practices for these organizations, with compensation data filterable by type of ownership or management, utility services provided (i.e., water only, combined services), total number of customers served, and total number of employees.


ERI Economic Research Institute
Utilities Salary Survey
https://www.erieri.com/

Annual salary survey provides base salary, incentive/variable pay, and total direct compensation data for personnel employed by water and sewage treatment facilities, with job titles covered by the survey including utilities superintendant; water treatment plant manager, operator, and tender; meter installer and repairer; sewage treatment plant operator and attendant; and maintenance manager and worker.




Business Valuation Resources


Hayward Consulting Group
Resources available from this organization include:

Valuing A Water Utility, 3rd Edition
David L. Hayward, Infinity Publishing Company, 2013
http://haywardconsultinggroup.com/
Comprehensive valuation guide covers the approaches applicable to valuing regulated utilities, with topics covered in this publication including industry framework, basics of regulation and ratemaking, small utility issues, analyzing historical performance, estimating economic benefits, capitalization and discount rates, and valuation methods and procedures. Table of contents is available online.

FinMod Valuation Model
http://haywardconsultinggroup.com/
Excel-based model analyzes the value of a utility using 12 different valuation methods, with methods used in the model including enterprise discounted cash flow; capitalized earnings (no, constant, and variable growth); original, replacement, and composite cost less depreciation; economic profit; and market transaction based (dollars per customer, capital/EBITDA, sales/EBITDA, and capital/EBIT).


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