Reviewing Heliogen (NYSE:HLGN) and Otter Tail (NASDAQ:OTTR)

Otter Tail (NASDAQ:OTTRGet Rating) and Heliogen (NYSE:HLGNGet Rating) are both utilities companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Otter Tail and Heliogen’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Otter Tail $1.20 billion 2.17 $176.77 million $4.23 14.76
Heliogen $8.80 million 80.02 -$142.19 million N/A N/A

Otter Tail has higher revenue and earnings than Heliogen.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Otter Tail and Heliogen, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Otter Tail 0 1 1 0 2.50
Heliogen 0 2 0 0 2.00

Otter Tail presently has a consensus target price of $73.50, suggesting a potential upside of 17.75%. Heliogen has a consensus target price of $7.88, suggesting a potential upside of 107.24%. Given Heliogen’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Heliogen is more favorable than Otter Tail.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

47.1% of Otter Tail shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.1% of Heliogen shares are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Otter Tail shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Otter Tail and Heliogen’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Otter Tail 14.77% 18.87% 6.57%
Heliogen N/A -288.86% -56.17%


Otter Tail beats Heliogen on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Otter Tail Company Profile (Get Rating)

Otter Tail Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in electric utility, manufacturing, and plastic pipe businesses in the United States. The company's Electric segment produces, transmits, distributes, and sells electric energy in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota; and operates as a participant in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. markets. This segment generates electricity through coal, wind and hydro, and natural gas. It serves approximately 133,000 residential, industrial, and other commercial customers. Its Manufacturing segment engages in the contract machining, metal parts stamping, fabrication and painting, and production of plastic thermoformed horticultural containers, life science and industrial packaging, and material handling components, and extruded raw material stock for recreational vehicle, agricultural, construction, lawn and garden, and industrial and energy equipment industries. It also manufactures clamshell packing, blister packs, returnable pallets, and handling trays for shipping and storing odd-shaped or difficult-to-handle parts for customers in the horticulture, medical and life sciences, industrial, recreation, and electronics industries. The company's Plastics segment manufactures polyvinyl chloride pipes for municipal water, rural water, wastewater, storm drainage and water reclamation 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.

Heliogen Company Profile (Get Rating)

Heliogen, Inc., a renewable energy technology company, develops an A.I.-enabled, concentrated solar power plant. It offers HelioHeat for the production of heat for use in industrial processes; HelioPower, a solution for power generation; and HelioFuel, a solution for hydrogen fuel production. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Pasadena, California.

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