Cleco Corporate Holdings (CNL) and Otter Tail Corporation (OTTR) Financial Survey
Cleco Corporate Holdings (NYSE: CNL) and Otter Tail Corporation (NASDAQ:OTTR) are both utilities companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, risk and analyst recommendations.
Otter Tail Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Cleco Corporate Holdings does not pay a dividend. Otter Tail Corporation pays out 74.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Otter Tail Corporation has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.
This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Cleco Corporate Holdings and Otter Tail Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Cleco Corporate Holdings||0||0||0||0||N/A|
|Otter Tail Corporation||0||1||1||0||2.50|
Otter Tail Corporation has a consensus target price of $41.00, suggesting a potential downside of 3.64%. Given Otter Tail Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Otter Tail Corporation is more favorable than Cleco Corporate Holdings.
This table compares Cleco Corporate Holdings and Otter Tail Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Cleco Corporate Holdings||8.24%||5.05%||1.60%|
|Otter Tail Corporation||8.35%||10.14%||3.57%|
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Cleco Corporate Holdings and Otter Tail Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Cleco Corporate Holdings||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Otter Tail Corporation||$820.02 million||2.05||$191.22 million||$1.72||24.74|
Otter Tail Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Cleco Corporate Holdings.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
40.6% of Otter Tail Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of Otter Tail Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Otter Tail Corporation beats Cleco Corporate Holdings on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Cleco Corporate Holdings
Cleco Corporate Holdings LLC, formerly Cleco Corporation, is a public utility holding company. The Company’s segments include Cleco Power and Other. Cleco Power is a regulated electric utility company that owns over 10 generating units with a total nameplate capacity of approximately 3,330 megawatts (MW) and serves approximately 287,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business and supplies wholesale power in Louisiana and Mississippi. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns one transmission substation in Louisiana and one transmission substation in Mississippi. Cleco Power is engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity within Louisiana. It owns natural gas pipelines and interconnections at all of its generating facilities, which allow it to access various natural gas supply markets and maintain an economical fuel supply for its customers. The Company holds investments in its subsidiary, Cleco Power LLC (Cleco Power).
About Otter Tail Corporation
Otter Tail Corporation is a holding company. The Company operates through three segments: Electric, Manufacturing and Plastics. The Electric segment includes the production, transmission, distribution and sale of electric energy in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota by Otter Tail Power Company (OTP). The Manufacturing segment consists of businesses in manufacturing activities, such as contract machining, metal parts stamping, fabrication and painting, and production of material and handling trays and horticultural containers. These businesses have manufacturing facilities in Georgia, Illinois and Minnesota and sell products primarily in the United States. The Plastics segment consists of businesses producing polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe at plants in North Dakota and Arizona. The PVC pipe is sold primarily in the upper Midwest and Southwest regions of the United States. The Company’s manufacturing and plastic pipe businesses are owned by its subsidiary, Varistar Corporation.
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