One of my favorite utilities companies Aqua America, Inc. (NYSE:WTR) has soared far this year, returning investors over 22% year to date. If you're not familiar, Aqua America is a small-cap water and wastewater utility player serving over 3 million people in Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois, Texas, New Jersey, Indiana, Florida, Virginia, and Georgia. Over the last decade, the company hasn't just sat back and patiently collected revenue like a typical utilities company. Instead, Aqua America has prided itself in bringing together a fragmented water utilities industry through an active acquisition strategy. With over 200 acquisitions over the last 10 years, the company has been able to drive earnings per share higher year after year. I have...
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