Avista Corporation [NYSE:AVA]: Analyst Rating and Earnings

Equities traders frequently stay up to date regarding what leading market analysts think about a possible stock buy. As it relates to Avista Corporation [AVA], the latest mean analyst recommendation that’s publicly available is from the fiscal three-month period ending in December. On average, stock market experts give AVA an Hold rating. Its stock price has been found in the range of 3.35 to 11.65. This is compared to its latest closing price of $40.97.

Wall Street analysts provide their ratings on a scale of 1 to 5, and the current average score for Avista Corporation [AVA] is sitting at 3.00. This is compared to 1 month ago, when its average rating was 3.00.

For the quarter ending in Mar-18 Avista Corporation [AVA] generated $0.41 billion in sales. That’s 4.76% lower than the average estimate of $0.43 billion as provided by Wall Street analysts. The three indicators above suggest that overall, this stock is demonstrating a mixed bag of positive appeal and some drawbacks, making it a somewhat risky investment that also has the potential to generate high ROI in the long run.

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Fundamental Analysis of Avista Corporation [AVA]

Now let’s turn to look at profitability: with a current Operating Margin for Avista Corporation [AVA] sitting at +20.69 and its Gross Margin at +28.07, this company’s Net Margin is now 8.30%. These metrics indicate that this company is not generating as much profit, after accounting for expenses, compared to its market peers.

This company’s Return on Total Capital is 8.36, and its Return on Invested Capital has reached 5.80%. Its Return on Equity is 6.86, and its Return on Assets is 2.14. These metrics suggest that this Avista Corporation does a poor job of managing its assets, and likely won’t be able to provide successful business outcomes for its investors in the near term.

Turning to investigate this organization’s capital structure, Avista Corporation [AVA] has generated a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio of 111.35. Similarly, its Total Debt to Total Capital is 52.69, while its Total Debt to Total Assets stands at 34.93. Looking toward the future, this publicly-traded company’s Long-Term Debt to Equity is 89.22, and its Long-Term Debt to Total Capital is 42.21. This company is not leveraging its assets to take on debt, which stunts its growth and limits the ROI for investors.

What about valuation? This company’s Enterprise Value to EBITDA is 9.71 and its Total Debt to EBITDA Value is 4.06. The Enterprise Value to Sales for this firm is now 3.24, and its Total Debt to Enterprise Value stands at 0.37. Avista Corporation [AVA] has a Price to Book Ratio of 1.95, a Price to Cash Flow Ratio of 8.09 and P/E Ratio of 23.98. These metrics show that this company has a mixed appeal, and ROI could be a gain or a loss.

Shifting the focus to workforce efficiency, Avista Corporation [AVA] earns $742,263 for each employee under its payroll. Similarly, this company’s Receivables Turnover is 6.98 and its Total Asset Turnover is 0.27. This publicly-traded organization’s liquidity data is also interesting: its Quick Ratio is 0.40 and its Current Ratio is 0.48. This company is not investing its short-term assets in an optimally efficient way, making it a riskier investment.

Performance Indicators

Let’s now turn our attention to trading performance: Avista Corporation [AVA] has 66.39M shares outstanding, amounting to a total market cap of $2.72B. Its stock price has been found in the range of 39.92 to 52.91. At its current price, it has moved by -22.53% from its 52-week high, and it has moved 2.68% from its 52-week low.

This stock’s Beta value is currently 0.39, which indicates that it is more volatile that the wider market. This stock’s Relative Strength Index (RSI) is at 38.41. This RSI score is good, suggesting this stock is neither overbought or oversold.

Conclusion: Is Avista Corporation [AVA] a Reliable Buy?

Avista Corporation [AVA] stock is presenting a less attractive investment opportunity when compared to similarly-sized corporations in the same industry. The price performance of these shares has not shown much promise, and the financial results that this company has recently delivered present a highly risky investment.