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Otelco Inc is a telecom services business based in the US. Otelco shares (OTEL) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Otelco employs 200 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$62.1 million.

How to buy shares in Otelco

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Otelco. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: OTEL. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Otelco reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$11.46, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Otelco, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Otelco. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

How has coronavirus impacted Otelco's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Otelco's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was USD$11.46, which is 27.14% up on its pre-crash value of USD$8.3499 and 291.79% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$2.925.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Otelco shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$336.10 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$1,269.08.

Otelco share price

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Otelco shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-11-19.
Latest market close USD$11.46
52-week range USD$2.925 - USD$12.5
50-day moving average USD$11.4642
200-day moving average USD$10.5224
Wall St. target price N/A
PE ratio 5.7515
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.99

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Is it a good time to buy Otelco stock?

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Otelco price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $11.46 from 2020-11-16

1 week (2020-11-16) 11.46
1 month (2020-10-26) -0.26%
3 months (2020-08-24) -0.17%
6 months (2020-05-22) 53.41%
1 year (2019-11-22) -2.17%
2 years (2018-11-23) -30.67%
3 years (2017-11-22) -4.10%
5 years (2015-11-24) 69.53%

Is Otelco under- or over-valued?

Valuing Otelco stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Otelco's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Otelco's P/E ratio

Otelco's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 6x. In other words, Otelco shares trade at around 6x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Otelco's EBITDA

Otelco's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$20.4 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Otelco's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Otelco financials

Revenue TTM USD$62.1 million
Operating margin TTM 19.78%
Gross profit TTM USD$32.7 million
Return on assets TTM 6.22%
Return on equity TTM 33.88%
Profit margin 11.05%
Book value $6.948
Market capitalisation USD$39.3 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Otelco shares

There are currently 951 Otelco shares held short by investors – that's known as Otelco's "short interest". This figure is 46.5% down from 1,776 last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Otelco shares can be evaluated.

Otelco's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Otelco's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Otelco shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Otelco shares traded daily (recently around 3522.2222222222). Otelco's SIR currently stands at 0.27. In other words for every 100,000 Otelco shares traded daily on the market, roughly 270 shares are currently held short.

However Otelco's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Otelco shares, or, against the total number of tradable Otelco shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Otelco's short interest could be expressed as 0% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Otelco shares in existence, roughly 0 shares are currently held short) or 0.0006% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Otelco shares, roughly 1 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Otelco.

Find out more about how you can short Otelco stock.

Otelco share dividends

We're not expecting Otelco to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Otelco share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Otelco's shares have ranged in value from as little as $2.925 up to $12.5. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

OTEL.US volatility(beta: 1.94)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Otelco's is 1.9386. This would suggest that Otelco's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Otelco overview

Otelco Inc. provides a range of telecommunications services on a retail and wholesale basis. It offers local services, including voice lines that provide local dial tone and calling features, such as caller identification, call waiting, call forwarding, and voicemail; long distance services; billing and payments; and directory advertising services. The company also provides network access services comprising the origination, transportation, and termination of calls of long distance, wireless, and other interexchange carriers; digital high-speed data lines and ancillary services, such as web hosting and computer virus protection; and basic, digital, high-definition, digital video recording, and pay per view cable television services. In addition, it offers Internet protocol television; wireless security systems and system monitoring services; and private/hybrid cloud hosting services, as well as consulting and professional IT engineering services for mission-critical software applications for small and mid-sized companies. Further, the company rents fiber to transport data and other telecommunications services. It primarily serves business and residential customers residing in and adjacent to the exchanges in Alabama, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Vermont, and West Virginia; and business customers in Maine and New Hampshire. The company was founded in 1998 and is based in Oneonta, Alabama.

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