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Executive Summary

SJW Group, through its subsidiaries, provides water utility services in the United States.

Snowflake Analysis

Average dividend payer and overvalued.

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Share Price & News

How has SJW Group's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: SJW has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




US Water Utilities


US Market

1 Year Return




US Water Utilities


US Market

Return vs Industry: SJW underperformed the US Water Utilities industry which returned 7.3% over the past year.

Return vs Market: SJW underperformed the US Market which returned 5% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day11.3%6.1%4.0%
30 Day-0.7%0.4%1.3%
90 Day15.5%13.3%29.5%
1 Year1.4%-0.5%9.2%7.3%7.2%4.9%
3 Year35.7%28.1%59.4%50.3%36.1%27.2%
5 Year127.2%105.4%142.4%118.8%65.3%46.9%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is SJW Group's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

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Is SJW Group undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Price to Earnings (PE) ratio

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: SJW ($63.44) is trading above our estimate of fair value ($29.65)

Significantly Below Fair Value: SJW is trading above our estimate of fair value.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: SJW is poor value based on its PE Ratio (90.5x) compared to the Water Utilities industry average (34.4x).

PE vs Market: SJW is poor value based on its PE Ratio (90.5x) compared to the US market (16.5x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: SJW is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (5.2x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: SJW is good value based on its PB Ratio (2x) compared to the US Water Utilities industry average (2.3x).

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Future Growth

How is SJW Group forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 5 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: SJW's forecast earnings growth (17.4% per year) is above the savings rate (2.2%).

Earnings vs Market: SJW's earnings (17.4% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (22.8% per year).

High Growth Earnings: SJW's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: SJW's revenue (6.2% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (9.3% per year).

High Growth Revenue: SJW's revenue (6.2% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: SJW's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (8.4%).

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Past Performance

How has SJW Group performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: SJW has a large one-off loss of $12.6M impacting its March 31 2005 financial results.

Growing Profit Margin: SJW's current net profit margins (4.3%) are lower than last year (10.8%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: SJW's earnings have declined by -6.3% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: SJW's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: SJW had negative earnings growth (-54%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Water Utilities industry average (2.3%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: SJW's Return on Equity (2.3%) is considered low.

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Financial Health

How is SJW Group's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: SJW's short term assets ($128.8M) do not cover its short term liabilities ($238.4M).

Long Term Liabilities: SJW's short term assets ($128.8M) do not cover its long term liabilities ($2.1B).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: SJW's debt to equity ratio (166.5%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: SJW's debt to equity ratio has increased from 109.7% to 166.5% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: SJW's debt is not well covered by operating cash flow (7.7%).

Interest Coverage: SJW's interest payments on its debt are not well covered by EBIT (2.1x coverage).

Balance Sheet

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What is SJW Group current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: SJW's dividend (2.02%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.67%).

High Dividend: SJW's dividend (2.02%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (4.5%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: SJW's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: SJW's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its high payout ratio (174.1%), SJW's dividend payments are not well covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: SJW's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be covered by earnings (55.4% payout ratio).

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Eric Thornburg (60yo)





Mr. Eric W. Thornburg has been Chief Executive Officer, President and Director at SJW Group since November 06, 2017 and has been its Chairman of the Board since April 25, 2018. Mr. Thornburg serves as Dir ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Eric's total compensation ($USD2.61M) is below average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD4.70M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Eric's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.

Leadership Team

Eric Thornburg
Chairman2.67yrsUS$2.61m0.034% $613.8k
James Lynch
CFO & Treasurer9.75yrsUS$1.24m0.071% $1.3m
Palle Jensen
Executive Vice President of San Jose Water Company3.25yrsUS$1.88m0.042% $760.3k
Andrew Gere
President & COO of San Jose Water Company4.33yrsUS$2.62m0.061% $1.1m
Maureen Westbrook
President of Connecticut Water Service0.58yrUS$2.98m0.0018% $32.4k
Kristen Johnson
Chief Administrative Officer0.67yrno datano data
Suzy Papazian
General Counsel & VP6.25yrsUS$869.42k0.045% $818.9k
Liann Walborsky
Director of Corporate Communicationsno datano datano data
Andrew Walters
Chief Corporate Development Officer & Integration Executive0.67yrUS$696.62k0.044% $802.1k
Wendy Avila-Walker
VP of Finance5.75yrsno data0.0081% $147.0k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: SJW's management team is considered experienced (3.3 years average tenure).

Board Members

Eric Thornburg
Chairman2.67yrsUS$2.61m0.034% $613.8k
Mary Hanley
Director0.75yrUS$21.20k0.0012% $21.9k
Gregory Landis
Independent Director3.67yrsUS$190.00k0.012% $222.8k
Carol Wallace
Director0.75yrUS$19.70kno data
Robert Van Valer
Lead Independent Directorno dataUS$182.35k0.32% $5.7m
Debra Man
Independent Director4.5yrsUS$180.50k0.016% $283.6k
Heather Hunt
Director0.75yrUS$22.70kno data
Katharine Armstrong
Independent Director11.5yrsUS$190.35k0.042% $752.2k
Walter Bishop
Independent Director8.5yrsUS$205.35k0.041% $740.0k
Daniel More
Independent Director5.25yrsUS$217.50k0.020% $357.7k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: SJW's board of directors are considered experienced (3.7 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: SJW insiders have only sold shares in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

SJW Group's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: SJW Group
  • Ticker: SJW
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1866
  • Industry: Water Utilities
  • Sector: Utilities
  • Market Cap: US$1.809b
  • Shares outstanding: 28.51m
  • Website: https://www.sjwgroup.com

Number of Employees


  • SJW Group
  • 110 West Taylor Street
  • San Jose
  • California
  • 95110
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
SJWNYSE (New York Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockUSUSDFeb 1972
76WBST (Boerse-Stuttgart)YesCommon StockDEEURFeb 1972
SJW *BMV (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores)YesCommon StockMXMXNFeb 1972


SJW Group, through its subsidiaries, provides water utility services in the United States. It engages in the production, purchase, storage, purification, distribution, wholesale, and retail sale of water and wastewater services. The company also provides non-tariffed services, including water system operations, maintenance agreements, and antenna site leases; contracted services and sewer operations to water utilities in Connecticut; and a Linebacker, subscription service line protection plan for public drinking water customers, as well as offers repair or replace a leaking or broken water service line, curb box, curb box cover, meter pit, meter pit cover, and meter pit valve. Its water supply consists of groundwater from wells, surface water from watershed run-off and diversion, reclaimed water, and imported water purchased from the Santa Clara Valley Water District. The company offers water service to approximately 231,000 connections that serve approximately one million people residing in portions of the cities of San Jose and Cupertino, as well as in the cities of Campbell, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, and the Town of Los Gatos; and adjacent unincorporated territories in the County of Santa Clara in the State of California. In addition, it provides water service to approximately 18,000 connections, which serve 54,000 people in a service area comprising 246 square miles in the region between San Antonio and Austin, Texas; and 137,000 connections that serve approximately 480,000 people in 80 municipalities in Connecticut and Maine, and approximately 3,000 wastewater connections in Southbury, Connecticut. Further, the company owns undeveloped land in California and Tennessee; and owns and operates commercial buildings and warehouse properties in Tennessee. The company was formerly known as SJW Corp. and changed its name to SJW Group in November 2016. SJW Group was founded in 1866 and is headquartered in San Jose, California. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/07/04 23:54
End of Day Share Price2020/07/02 00:00
Annual Earnings2019/12/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.