Otter Tail Corp

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OTTR : NASDAQ : Utilities
$38.35 up 0.7 | 1.9%
Today's Range: 37.45 - 38.4
Avg. Daily Volume: 97900.0
03/27/17 - 11:23 AM ET

Financial Analysis

OTTER TAIL CORP's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2016 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. The company managed to grow both sales and net income at a faster pace than the average competitor in its industry this quarter as compared to the same quarter a year ago. OTTER TAIL CORP has very weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.34 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.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has increased by 10.75% 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 FY16 Q4 FY15
Net Sales ($mil)196.64188.79
EBITDA ($mil)47.4745.79
EBIT ($mil)29.1629.76
Net Income ($mil)17.5114.58

Balance Sheet Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)0.00.0
Total Assets ($mil)1912.391820.9
Total Debt ($mil)581.43579.16
Equity ($mil)670.1605.02

Profitability Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Gross Profit Margin24.1424.25
EBITDA Margin24.1424.25
Operating Margin14.8315.77
Sales Turnover0.420.43
Return on Assets3.253.25
Return on Equity9.259.68
Debt Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Current Ratio0.960.76
Interest Expense7.897.99
Interest Coverage3.73.73

Share Data Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Shares outstanding (mil)39.3537.86
Div / share0.310.31
Book value / share17.0315.98
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume96732.098450.0


BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 22.15 for the Electric Utilities industry and a discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 26.33. Conducting a second comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.13 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 2.93 and a premium versus the industry average of 1.88. The price-to-sales ratio is below the S&P 500 average and is well below the industry average, indicating a discount. After reviewing these and other key valuation criteria, OTTER TAIL CORP proves to trade at a premium to investment alternatives within the industry.

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premium   discount
  Price/Cash Flow
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
OTTR 22.58 Peers 22.15   OTTR 8.75 Peers 8.02

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.


Average. 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 valuation on par to its peers.

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  Price to
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premium   discount
OTTR 20.08 Peers 17.69   OTTR 3.29 Peers 2.09

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 premium to its peers.


Premium. 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 premium to its peers.

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  Earnings Growth
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lower   higher
OTTR 2.13 Peers 1.88   OTTR 3.20 Peers -23.86

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 premium to its peers.


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

OTTR is expected to have an earnings growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.

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  Sales Growth
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premium   discount
OTTR 1.78 Peers 2.28   OTTR 3.04 Peers 11.77

Discount. 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 discount to 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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