Otter Tail Corporation ( OTTR Quick Quote OTTR - Free Report) is a smart choice for investment right now, given its two-platform business model that consists of Electric and Manufacturing units. The company is enhancing shareholder value through its high-performing, low-cost electric utility as well as disciplined manufacturing companies. Focused investment in cleaner sources of energy to produce electricity is expected to reduce carbon emissions from generation units by nearly 50% by 2025 from 2005 levels. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2021 and 2022 earnings has moved up 4.1% and 5.4%, respectively. Let’s focus on the factors that make this Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) stock a strong investment pick at the moment. You can see . the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here Systematic Investments
Otter Tail makes consistent investments to upgrade and maintain the existing infrastructure for providing 24x7 reliable services to the customer base. The company has plans to invest $762 million in the 2021-2025 time period in electric, manufacturing and plastics segments.
Nearly 21.4% of the planned expenditure for the electric segment will be utilized for clean energy resource additions to its portfolio, and another 21% will be utilized for adding and upgrading transmission and distribution lines. The ongoing investments and planned future spending will assist the company to make its systems clean and services affordable as well as reliable, along with develop innovative programs to assist customers. Growth Projections & Surprise History
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2021 earnings per share and revenues is pegged at $2.55 and $915.6 million, respectively. The bottom- and top-line estimates suggest an increase of 8.9% and 2.9%, respectively, from the year-ago level.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2022 earnings and revenues is pegged at $2.72 per share and $959 million, respectively. The bottom- and top-line estimates suggest a 6.9% and 4.7% increase, respectively, from the year-ago level. Otter Tail’s trailing four-quarter earnings surprise is 16.8%, on average. Return on Equity & Dividend Yield
Return on Equity (ROE) indicates how efficiently a company is utilizing shareholders’ funds to generate returns. At present, its ROE is 11.88%, higher than the industry average of 9.41%.
Currently, the company has a dividend yield of 3.26% compared with the industry’s 3.22%. Debt Position
Its total debt to capital ratio is 41.29 compared with the industry average of 51.64. This indicates that the company is managing the business far more efficiently than peers in the same space.
Its times interest earned ratio at the end of first-quarter 2021 was 4.4, unchanged sequentially. The strong ratio indicates that the company will be able to meet debt obligations in the near future without any difficulties. Price Performance
In the past three months, the stock has gained 13.8% compared with the
industry’s rally of 10.8%. Other Stocks to Consider
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