Reviewing Unitil Corporation (UTL)’s and Otter Tail Corporation (NASDAQ:OTTR)’s results

This is therefore a contrasting of the analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings and valuation in Unitil Corporation (NYSE:UTL) and Otter Tail Corporation (NASDAQ:OTTR). The two are both Diversified Utilities companies that compete with one another.

Earnings and Valuation

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Unitil Corporation 444.10M 1.77 32.99M 8.93 5.81
Otter Tail Corporation 901.97M 2.18 86.28M 2.21 22.64

Demonstrates Unitil Corporation and Otter Tail Corporation earnings per share (EPS), gross revenue and valuation. Otter Tail Corporation appears to has lower earnings, but higher revenue than Unitil Corporation. The business with a lower price-to-earnings ratio is presently more affordable of the two stocks. Unitil Corporation’s current price-to-earnings ratio is lower than that of Otter Tail Corporation, which means that it is the affordable of the two.


Table 2 shows us the return on equity, net margins and return on assets of both companies.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Unitil Corporation 7.43% 9.6% 2.7%
Otter Tail Corporation 9.57% 12.2% 4.3%

Risk and Volatility

Unitil Corporation’s 0.05 beta indicates that its volatility is 95.00% less volatile than that of Standard and Poor’s 500. From a competition point of view, Otter Tail Corporation has a 0.56 beta which is 44.00% less volatile compared to Standard and Poor’s 500.


0.7 and 0.6 are the respective Current Ratio and a Quick Ratio of Unitil Corporation. Its rival Otter Tail Corporation’s Current and Quick Ratios are 1.5 and 0.9 respectively. Otter Tail Corporation has a better chance of clearing its pay short and long-term debts than Unitil Corporation.


Unitil Corporation pays out its dividends annually at $1.47 per share and 2.8% dividend yield. Meanwhile, Otter Tail Corporation’s annual dividend is $1.33 per share and it also boasts of a 2.66% dividend yield.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

The shares of both Unitil Corporation and Otter Tail Corporation are owned by institutional investors at 66.7% and 52.3% respectively. About 0.7% of Unitil Corporation’s share are held by insiders. Comparatively, Otter Tail Corporation has 0.4% of it’s share held by insiders.


Here are the Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly, Yearly and YTD Performance of both pretenders.

Performance (W) Performance (M) Performance (Q) Performance (HY) Performance (Y) Performance (YTD)
Unitil Corporation 2.41% 5.74% -0.69% 7.58% 2.22% 13.81%
Otter Tail Corporation 2.17% 4.1% 1.79% 10.58% 5.89% 12.44%

For the past year Unitil Corporation’s stock price has bigger growth than Otter Tail Corporation.


Otter Tail Corporation beats on 11 of the 15 factors Unitil Corporation.

Unitil Corporation, a public utility holding company, engages in the distribution of electricity and natural gas in the United States. It operates through three segments: Utility Gas Operations, Utility Electric Operations, and Non-Regulated. The company distributes electricity in the southeastern seacoast and state capital regions of New Hampshire, and the greater Fitchburg area of north central Massachusetts; and distributes natural gas in southeastern New Hampshire, portions of southern Maine to the Lewiston-Auburn area, and in the greater Fitchburg area of north central Massachusetts. It also operates 86 miles of interstate underground natural gas transmission pipeline that provides interstate natural gas pipeline access and transportation services primarily in Maine and New Hampshire. In addition, the company provides energy brokering and advisory services to commercial and industrial customers; and real estate management services. It serves approximately 104,300 electric customers and 79,900 natural gas customers. Unitil Corporation was incorporated in 1984 and is headquartered in Hampton, New Hampshire.

Otter Tail Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in electric, manufacturing, and plastics business primarily in the United States. The companyÂ’s Electric segment produces, transmits, distributes, and sells electric energy in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, as well as operates as a participant in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. markets. This segment serves approximately 131,546 residential, commercial, industrial, and other customers. Otter Tail CorporationÂ’s Manufacturing segment stamps, fabricates, welds, paints, and laser cuts metal components for use in the recreational vehicle, agricultural, oil and gas, lawn and garden, industrial equipment, health and fitness, and enclosure industries; and manufactures and fabricates parts for off-road equipment, mining machinery, oil fields and offshore oil rigs, wind industry components, broadcast antennae, and farm equipment, as well as for equipment manufacturers. This segment also manufactures and sells thermoformed products for the horticulture industry; and manufactures products, such as clamshell packing, blister packs, returnable pallets, and handling trays for shipping and storing odd-shaped or difficult-to-handle parts for customers in the medical and life sciences, recreation, and electronics industries. The companyÂ’s Plastics segment manufactures and sells polyvinyl chloride pipes for municipal water, rural water, wastewater, storm drainage system, and other uses. This segment markets its products to wholesalers and distributors through independent sales representatives, company salespersons, and customer service representatives. The company was formerly known as Otter Tail Power Company and changed its name to Otter Tail Corporation in 2001. Otter Tail Corporation was founded in 1907 and is headquartered in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.