NYSE:NWE

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Executive Summary

NorthWestern Corporation, doing business as NorthWestern Energy, provides electricity and natural gas to residential, commercial, and industrial customers.


Snowflake Analysis

Established dividend payer and good value.


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Share Price & News

How has NorthWestern's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?


Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: NWE's share price has been volatile over the past 3 months.


Market Performance


7 Day Return

-1.5%

NWE

-4.9%

US Integrated Utilities

-2.6%

US Market


1 Year Return

-15.5%

NWE

-12.0%

US Integrated Utilities

-13.3%

US Market

Return vs Industry: NWE underperformed the US Integrated Utilities industry which returned -15% over the past year.

Return vs Market: NWE underperformed the US Market which returned -15.9% over the past year.


Shareholder returns

NWEIndustryMarket
7 Day-1.5%-4.9%-2.6%
30 Day-23.4%-19.0%-15.2%
90 Day-16.2%-17.5%-22.2%
1 Year-12.7%-15.5%-8.8%-12.0%-11.5%-13.3%
3 Year9.8%-1.2%10.9%-0.3%13.2%5.7%
5 Year32.4%11.0%40.0%11.8%31.8%17.2%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is NorthWestern's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?


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Valuation

Is NorthWestern undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?

>50%

Undervalued compared to fair value


Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: NWE ($52.84) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($185.68)

Significantly Below Fair Value: NWE is trading below fair value by more than 20%.


Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: NWE is good value based on its PE Ratio (13.2x) compared to the Integrated Utilities industry average (17.1x).

PE vs Market: NWE is poor value based on its PE Ratio (13.2x) compared to the US market (12.2x).


Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: NWE is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (3.6x)


Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: NWE is good value based on its PB Ratio (1.3x) compared to the US Integrated Utilities industry average (1.5x).


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Future Growth

How is NorthWestern forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 5 analysts?

3.7%

Forecasted annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts


Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: NWE's forecast earnings growth (3.7% per year) is above the savings rate (1.7%).

Earnings vs Market: NWE's earnings (3.7% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (13.4% per year).

High Growth Earnings: NWE's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: NWE's revenue (3.7% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (7% per year).

High Growth Revenue: NWE's revenue (3.7% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.


Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts


Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: NWE's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (8.8%).


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Past Performance

How has NorthWestern performed over the past 5 years?

9.8%

Historical annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: NWE has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: NWE's current net profit margins (16.1%) are lower than last year (16.5%).


Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: NWE's earnings have grown by 9.8% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: NWE's earnings growth over the past year (2.6%) is below its 5-year average (9.8% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: NWE earnings growth over the past year (2.6%) underperformed the Integrated Utilities industry 5.7%.


Return on Equity

High ROE: NWE's Return on Equity (9.9%) is considered low.


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Financial Health

How is NorthWestern's financial position?


Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: NWE's short term assets ($301.7M) do not cover its short term liabilities ($334.3M).

Long Term Liabilities: NWE's short term assets ($301.7M) do not cover its long term liabilities ($3.5B).


Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: NWE's debt to equity ratio (109.5%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: NWE's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 130.5% to 109.5% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: NWE's debt is not well covered by operating cash flow (13.3%).

Interest Coverage: NWE's interest payments on its debt are not well covered by EBIT (2.8x coverage).


Balance Sheet


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Dividend

What is NorthWestern's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?

4.07%

Current Dividend Yield


Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: NWE's dividend (4.54%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (2.07%).

High Dividend: NWE's dividend (4.54%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (5.82%).


Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: NWE's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: NWE's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.


Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonable payout ratio (57.4%), NWE's dividend payments are covered by earnings.


Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: NWE's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be covered by earnings (67.6% payout ratio).


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Management

How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?

10.0yrs

Average management tenure


CEO

Bob Rowe (63yo)

11.67s

Tenure

US$3,298,304

Compensation

Mr. Robert C. Rowe, also known as Bob, Esq., has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Northwestern Corporation and NorthWestern Energy since August 2008. Mr. Rowe serves as a Counsel of Gallat ...


CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Bob's total compensation ($USD3.30M) is below average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD5.71M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Bob's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.


Leadership Team

NamePositionTenureCompensationOwnership
Robert Rowe
President11.67yrsUS$3.30m0.35% $10.5m
Brian Bird
Chief Financial Officer16.33yrsUS$1.42m0.17% $5.0m
Heather Grahame
VP of Regulatory & Federal Government Affairs and General Counsel9.67yrsUS$1.21m0.050% $1.5m
Bobbi Schroeppel
Vice President of Customer Care14.58yrsUS$708.97k0.042% $1.3m
Travis Meyer
Director - Investor Relations & Corporate Finance2.83yrsno datano data
Jeanne Vold
Business Technology Officer7.33yrsno datano data
Michael Nieman
Chief Audit & Compliance Officer10.25yrsno datano data
Daniel Rausch
Treasurer7.33yrsno datano data
Timothy Olson
Senior Corporate Counsel & Corporate Secretary10.25yrsno datano data
Crystal Lail
VP & Controller4.5yrsno data0.013% $373.1k

10.0yrs

Average Tenure

59yo

Average Age

Experienced Management: NWE's management team is seasoned and experienced (10 years average tenure).


Board Members

NamePositionTenureCompensationOwnership
Robert Rowe
President11.67yrsUS$3.30m0.35% $10.5m
Jan Horsfall
Independent Director5yrsUS$226.58k0.0070% $209.5k
Julia Johnson
Independent Director15.42yrsUS$234.58k0.011% $324.1k
Stephen Adik
Independent Non-Executive Chairman2yrsUS$364.66k0.040% $1.2m
Mahvash Yazdi
Independent Director0.33yrUS$91.44k0.0039% $117.2k
Dana Dykhouse
Independent Director11.25yrsUS$234.58k0.062% $1.8m
Linda Sullivan
Independent Director3yrsUS$257.00k0.00015% $4.5k
Anthony Clark
Independent Director3.33yrsUS$232.83k0.0054% $160.4k
Britt Ide
Independent Director3yrsUS$236.75k0.000010% $297.6
Jeffrey Yingling
Independent Director0.50yrUS$124.92kno data

3.2yrs

Average Tenure

59yo

Average Age

Experienced Board: NWE's board of directors are considered experienced (3.2 years average tenure).


Ownership

Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?


Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: NWE insiders have only sold shares in the past 3 months.


Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.


Top Shareholders

Company Information

NorthWestern Corporation's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources


Key Information

  • Name: NorthWestern Corporation
  • Ticker: NWE
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1923
  • Industry: Multi-Utilities
  • Sector: Utilities
  • Market Cap: US$2.976b
  • Shares outstanding: 50.49m
  • Website: https://www.northwesternenergy.com

Number of Employees


Location

  • NorthWestern Corporation
  • 3010 West 69th Street
  • Sioux Falls
  • South Dakota
  • 57108
  • United States

Listings

TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
NWENYSE (New York Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockUSUSDNov 2004
NWZADB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon StockDEEURNov 2004

Biography

NorthWestern Corporation, doing business as NorthWestern Energy, provides electricity and natural gas to residential, commercial, and industrial customers. The company operates through Electric Operations and Natural Gas Operations segments. It generates, transmits, and distributes electricity; and produces, purchases, stores, transmits, and distributes natural gas, as well as owns municipal franchises to provide natural gas service in the communities. The company’s natural gas transmission system covers approximately 4,810 miles of pipeline. It serves approximately 734,800 customers in Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska, the United States. NorthWestern Corporation was founded in 1923 and is based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/04/07 02:23
End of Day Share Price2020/04/06 00:00
Earnings2019/12/31
Annual Earnings2019/12/31


Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.