Aqua America Trickles Down: Fool by Numbers

On Feb. 28, water and wastewater services company Aqua America (NYSE: WTR  ) released fourth-quarter earnings for the period ended Dec. 31.

  • Customer growth for the year was up 7%, primarily because of the acquisition of New York Water service company.
  • Consistent with its strategy to grow its wastewater business, the company acquired four new septage-hauling operations.
  • The stock carries a three-star rating in Motley Fool CAPS.

(Figures in millions, except per-share data)

Income Statement Highlights

Q4 2006

Q4 2005

Change

Sales

$136.8

$122.9

11.3%

Net Profit

$25.7

$22.2

16.1%

EPS

$0.19

$0.17

11.8%

Diluted Shares

133.4

129.8

2.7%



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Margin Checkup

Q4 2006

Q4 2005

Change*

Gross Margin

No Data

No Data

No Data

Operating Margin

40.4%

37.5%

3.0

Net Margin

18.8%

18.0%

0.8

*Expressed in percentage points.

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Balance Sheet Highlights

Liabilities

Q4 2006

Q4 2005

Change

Long-Term Debt

$951.7

$878.4

8.3%



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Cash Flow Highlights

This water company treats investors like drips when it comes to providing cash flow statements.

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