Otter Tail Corp.

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OTTR : NASDAQ : Utilities
$43.2 | %
Today's Range: 0.0 - 0.0
Avg. Daily Volume: 98000.0
03/19/18 - 4:00 PM ET

Financial Analysis

OTTER TAIL CORP's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2017 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. The company has grown sales and net income during the past quarter when compared with the same quarter a year ago, however, it was unable to keep up with the growth of the average competitor within its industry. OTTER TAIL CORP has very weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.36 which clearly shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has increased from the same period last year, indicating improving cash flow.

At the same time, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has remained virtually unchanged only increasing by 3.99% from the same quarter last year. The key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is in a position in which financial difficulties could develop in the near future.

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Income Statement Q4 FY17 Q4 FY16
Net Sales ($mil)206.69196.64
EBITDA ($mil)50.9947.47
EBIT ($mil)32.1429.16
Net Income ($mil)18.3417.51

Balance Sheet Q4 FY17 Q4 FY16
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)16.220.0
Total Assets ($mil)2004.281912.39
Total Debt ($mil)602.94581.43
Equity ($mil)696.89670.1

Profitability Q4 FY17 Q4 FY16
Gross Profit Margin24.6724.14
EBITDA Margin24.6724.14
Operating Margin15.5514.83
Sales Turnover0.420.42
Return on Assets3.613.25
Return on Equity10.349.25
Debt Q4 FY17 Q4 FY16
Current Ratio0.930.96
Interest Expense7.227.89
Interest Coverage4.453.7

Share Data Q4 FY17 Q4 FY16
Shares outstanding (mil)39.5639.35
Div / share0.320.31
Book value / share17.6217.03
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume100167.078807.0


BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 23.78 for the Electric Utilities industry and a discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 25.66. Conducting a second comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.43 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 3.28 and a premium versus the industry average of 1.93. The price-to-sales ratio is below both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a discount. The valuation analysis reveals that, OTTER TAIL CORP seems to be trading at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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premium   discount
OTTR 23.65 Peers 23.78   OTTR 9.75 Peers 7.69

Average. An average P/E ratio can signify an industry neutral price for a stock and an average growth expectation.

OTTR is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.


Premium. The P/CF ratio, a stock’s price divided by the company's cash flow from operations, is useful for comparing companies with different capital requirements or financing structures.

OTTR is trading at a significant premium to its peers.

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  Price to
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premium   discount
OTTR 20.38 Peers 16.22   OTTR 3.29 Peers 5.44

Premium. A higher price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher future growth expectations.

OTTR is trading at a significant premium to its peers.


Discount. The PEG ratio is the stock’s P/E divided by the consensus estimate of long-term earnings growth. Faster growth can justify higher price multiples.

OTTR trades at a significant discount to its peers.

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  Earnings Growth
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lower   higher
OTTR 2.43 Peers 1.93   OTTR 13.12 Peers 33.67

Premium. A higher price-to-book ratio makes a stock less attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.

OTTR is trading at a significant premium to its peers.


Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.

However, OTTR is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.

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  Sales Growth
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premium   discount
OTTR 1.99 Peers 2.19   OTTR 5.70 Peers 9.32

Average. In the absence of P/E and P/B multiples, the price-to-sales ratio can display the value investors are placing on each dollar of sales.

OTTR is trading at a valuation on par with its industry on this measurement.


Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.

OTTR significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth



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