Yahoo! Finance recently published an article titled “2 Top Utilities Stocks on My Radar Today.”
The writer begins by noting the rockiness of the market right now, which has led to difficulty in predicting fiscal trends. And this, per the article, has led investors to a renewed interest in utility stocks.
To quote the writer, “…utilities stocks tend to be defensive. And they pay relatively high dividend yields. Accordingly, investors worried about a potential market correction may choose to hide in utilities stocks. After all, it’s generally a safe place to hide.”
The writer’s top picks are Canadian Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (TSX: AQN) (NYSE: AQN) and Fortis Inc. (TSX: FTS) (NYSE: FTS).
For US utilities, we like water company OriginClear, Inc. (OTC Pink: OCLN). Why? Well, in today’s shifting economy, accredited investors—especially real estate investors—are looking for assets that can grow faster than inflation. They are learning that water is a stable and high-yield asset class that does especially well in hard times.
According to OriginClear, Inc. (OTC Pink: OCLN), water companies are historically a very “safe” investment, virtually recession-proof as unregulated water rates are growing faster than inflation, and this is good for the industry.
With the rights to patented water systems technology after the acquisition of a 25-year-old company in Texas with a sterling reputation as a builder of custom industrial water treatment plants (and generating close to $4 million per year in sales while flying under Wall Street’s radar), OriginClear is leading the fast-growing business of helping industry cope with its own pollution.
Water in our country is in trouble. Flint, Michigan is far from alone. Cities can’t keep up with water needs, and the funding gap is growing by more than $100 billion a year… And climate change means the country is set for longer and harsher droughts in the future. We can’t afford to waste untreated water.
The solution? Self-help. Faced with broken municipal systems, businesses all over America are taking their water in their own hands with the help of advanced, compact systems from pioneers like OriginClear (OTC Pink: OCLN).
But that can be expensive for companies that never set out to treat their own water, like breweries or auto dealerships who suddenly find themselves burdened with the task. That’s where Water on Demand™ comes into play. Water is a risk that smart managers will outsource, especially as inflation worsens. Outsourcing through Water on Demand means that these companies do not have to worry about the problem, either financing it or managing it.
Water outsourcing through managed services is very, very needed. Like an internet service provider develops and manages a company’s website through a service level agreement, the Company is doing the same with water treatment. In the water industry, when applied to outsourced water treatment, these are known as Water Purchase Agreements (WPAs).
With water treatment as a service, the customer can easily sign a service agreement and get going. And if they don’t pay, the equipment simply gets returned. This simplifies the whole financing game tremendously.
With the help of their breakthrough technology and their own funding capability now in development, the high-tech veterans at OriginClear are transforming the slow-moving water industry, just like the hotel industry before Airbnb (NASDAQ: ABNB), and the taxi industry before Uber (NYQ: UBER), by making FUNDING much easier and revolutionizing how water deals are done. Their finance company has already received preliminary commitments for $3 million, with more on the way.
This is financially and operationally attractive to industrial, agricultural, and commercial water users, while OriginClear can look forward to speeding up deals and many more revenue streams from providing water treatment as a service.
Lack of funding is a BIG barrier to entry for other companies in this profitable industry. No capital required equals fast deals, and the rental/usage model makes credit easy. This total outsourcing of water treatment creates long-lived, high-loyalty customers.
And the company is already in consumer spaces. In 2020, the Company proved their ingenuity and resilience as they turned the pandemic on its head by showing they could create a water career for COVID-orphaned entrepreneurs with their revolutionary Pool Preserver™ rental system and Waterpreneur™ training.
OriginClear’s primary revenues are from its Texas base, which despite COVID interruptions, are running 14% ahead of 2019… more than $3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2020 compared to about $2.7 million for the same period last year.
For the same period, gross profits grew by 20% and the company’s losses from operations decreased by 5% to $2,682,435 as deep-pocketed investors continued to bet aggressively on this disruptive play and its popular 10% dividend offerings that are available for accredited and non-accredited investors.
OriginClear’s market capitalization is $7.4 million, and trading volume is about 265,000 shares daily, while non-objecting shareholders exceed 8,000.
The world of water treatment as a service is expected to help the water industry explode, and OriginClear, Inc. (OTC Pink: OCLN) intends to be a leader in this promising space.
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