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Inside Water Utilities’ Historical Dividends and Growth

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Nov. 17 2016, Updated 10:04 a.m. ET

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US water utilities (FIW) have distributed fair dividends for the past few years. For example, American Water Works’ (AWK) dividend growth during the past five years stands at 10%.

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But AWK’s earnings are expected to rise by ~8% annually, which should contribute to stable future dividend growth. So far in 2016, AWK has paid $1.09 per share in dividends.

In the past five years, WTR’s dividend has risen 8%, while CWT’s dividend showed a 2.3% rise, compounded annually. American States Water’s (AWR) dividend has grown by 10.7%, compounded annually during the past five years.

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