Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, diversified holdings company Otter Tail (NASDAQ:OTTR) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Otter Tail's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Otter Tail facts

Headquarters (founded)

Fergus Falls, Minn. (1907)

Market Cap

$767.13 million


Industrial Conglomerates

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.29 billion


CEO John Erickson (since 2002)

CFO Kevin Moug (since 2001)

Business Segments

Electric, Plastics, Manufacturing, Health Services, Food Ingredient Processing, Other

Compound Annual Book Value Growth (over last five years)


Dividend Yield



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Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's), and Motley Fool CAPS.

Over on CAPS, 979 of the 1,001 members who have rated Otter Tail -- some 98% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include robpotter and pablogrimes.

In late April, robpotter reminded our community that Otter Tail "is well positioned in terms of windy geography and wind tower construction services to benefit from the coming growth in wind energy." Our CAPS member continues: "Also, Cascade Investments (of Bill Gates money) recently revealed 9.6% ownership and announced seeking to grow stake up to 20%."

In a pitch from earlier in the month, pablogrimes expands on Otter Tail's tailwinds:

Otter Tail is a diversified investment all by itself. It's positioned to profit from wind industry, but not completely reliant. Infrastructure (stimulus) projects will benefit multiple business segments (construction, fabrication, PVC, etc.), but the utility business should stabilize income near-term. They sell and service medical equipment needed as baby-boomers age. Every item or service they provide should do well in a recovery cycle. Several of them, however, are particularly well poised at this point in time such that I believe [Otter Tail] will keep ahead of the S&P.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Otter Tail is a Motley Fool Hidden Gems pick. Apple and NVIDIA are selections of Stock Advisor. Duke is an Income Investor choice. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.