Is the Duxton Water Ltd (ASX: D2O) share price a buy?
Duxton Water is supposedly a unique business not just on the ASX but supposedly it’s the only one of its type in the whole world.
The idea behind Duxton Water is to own water entitlements and lease them out to agricultural businesses. Duxton Water shareholders benefit from both the lease income of the water and (hopefully) the capital growth of the entitlements.
According to Duxton Water, it has delivered total returns of 26.99% over the past year which is based on the net asset value (NAV) growth and franked dividends paid.
Duxton Water has also decided to show its earnings per share (EPS) in the year to date (YTD) for the four months from 1 January 2019 to 30 April 2019. It said that it has generated EPS of 3.4 cents to April 2019 compared to 8.5 cents for the whole of 2018.
The water company has successfully completed a capital raising which raised $15 million at $1.48 per share.
For April 2019 Duxton Water generated a return of 1.47% and it finished the month with a post-tax NAV of $1.50 and a pre-tax NTA of $1.64. Compared to the current share price of $1.52 these numbers are fairly attractive, although it’s preferable to buy things at a discount to the pre-tax value.
Duxton Water is proving to be a good way to get indirect exposure to the agricultural sector and the Duxton Water dividend continues to grow every six months. It seems like a pretty good defensive share that provides different returns to the market – a wet year could be bad.
I think Duxton Water could be a good ASX share to own for the long-term, but I’m not jumping to buy shares right now.