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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 4/10

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industry
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history
Equity to Asset 0.31
NWE's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
60% of the 626 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.35 vs. NWE: 0.31 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
NWE' s Equity to Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -0.25  Med: 0.28 Max: 0.33
Current: 0.31
-0.25
0.33
Interest Coverage 2.54
NWE's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
77% of the 589 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 5.08 vs. NWE: 2.54 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
NWE' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.97  Med: 2.47 Max: 2.88
Current: 2.54
1.97
2.88
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 0.81
M-Score: -2.68
WACC vs ROIC
3.80%
6.16%
WACC
ROIC
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 5/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 20.15
NWE's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
69% of the 638 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 12.37 vs. NWE: 20.15 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
NWE' s Operating margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 9.74  Med: 14.71 Max: 21.89
Current: 20.15
9.74
21.89
Net-margin (%) 11.64
NWE's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
68% of the 638 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 7.43 vs. NWE: 11.64 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
NWE' s Net-margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.35  Med: 7.56 Max: 12.45
Current: 11.64
3.35
12.45
ROE (%) 9.04
NWE's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
56% of the 634 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 8.18 vs. NWE: 9.04 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
NWE' s ROE (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5.12  Med: 9.6 Max: 11.02
Current: 9.04
5.12
11.02
ROA (%) 2.72
NWE's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
54% of the 648 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 2.94 vs. NWE: 2.72 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
NWE' s ROA (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.58  Med: 2.65 Max: 2.96
Current: 2.72
1.58
2.96
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 6.14
NWE's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
71% of the 644 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 9.57 vs. NWE: 6.14 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
NWE' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5.52  Med: 8.03 Max: 9.52
Current: 6.14
5.52
9.52
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -4.00
NWE's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
76% of the 570 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.90 vs. NWE: -4.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
NWE' s Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -44.6  Med: -0.5 Max: 81.2
Current: -4
-44.6
81.2
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 3.60
NWE's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
55% of the 523 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 4.50 vs. NWE: 3.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
NWE' s EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -63.2  Med: 1.1 Max: 172
Current: 3.6
-63.2
172
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 6.00
NWE's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
54% of the 463 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 4.20 vs. NWE: 6.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
NWE' s EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 4.8 Max: 26.4
Current: 6
0
26.4
» NWE's 10-Y Financials

Financials (Next Earnings Date: Est. 2016-10-22)


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow
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Guru Trades

Q3 2015

NWE Guru Trades in Q3 2015

Keeley Asset Management Corp 738,512 sh (+4.08%)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 402,200 sh (-2.43%)
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Q4 2015

NWE Guru Trades in Q4 2015

RS Investment Management 351,126 sh (New)
Keeley Asset Management Corp 758,724 sh (+2.74%)
Mario Gabelli 379,700 sh (-5.59%)
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Q1 2016

NWE Guru Trades in Q1 2016

Jim Simons 23,800 sh (New)
RS Investment Management 440,270 sh (+25.39%)
Mario Gabelli 364,700 sh (-3.95%)
Keeley Asset Management Corp 597,944 sh (-21.19%)
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Q2 2016

NWE Guru Trades in Q2 2016

Jim Simons Sold Out
RS Investment Management 427,000 sh (-3.01%)
Mario Gabelli 334,700 sh (-8.23%)
Keeley Asset Management Corp 534,292 sh (-10.65%)
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Business Description

Industry: Utilities - Regulated » Utilities - Diversified
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NorthWestern Corp provides electricity & natural gas in Montana, South Dakota & Nebraska. The company generates and distributes electricity in South Dakota and distributes natural gas in South Dakota and Nebraska.

NorthWestern Corp was incorporated in Delaware in November 1923. The Company provides electricity and natural gas in Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. The regulated electric utility business in Montana includes generation, transmission and distribution. The Company also transmit electricity for nonregulated entities owning generation facilities, other utilities and power marketers serving the Montana electricity market. In South Dakota electric utility business operates as a vertically integrated generation, transmission and distribution utility. Its natural gas distribution system consists of approximately 5,100 miles of underground distribution pipelines. The Company own and operate three working natural gas storage fields in Montana with aggregate working gas capacity of approximately 17.75 Bcf and maximum aggregate daily deliverability of approximately 195,000 dekatherms. The Company provide natural gas to approximately 86,700 customers in 60 South Dakota communities and four Nebraska communities. The Company is subject to FERC's jurisdiction and regulations with respect to rates for electric transmission service in interstate commerce and electricity sold at wholesale rates, the issuance of certain securities, incurrence of certain long-term debt, and compliance with mandatory reliability regulations, among other things.

Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 19.71
NWE's P/E(ttm) is ranked lower than
59% of the 532 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 17.37 vs. NWE: 19.71 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
NWE' s P/E(ttm) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 10.62  Med: 16.13 Max: 81.54
Current: 19.71
10.62
81.54
Forward P/E 17.15
NWE's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
61% of the 127 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 18.45 vs. NWE: 17.15 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 19.71
NWE's PE(NRI) is ranked lower than
58% of the 534 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 17.78 vs. NWE: 19.71 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
NWE' s PE(NRI) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 10.62  Med: 16.13 Max: 38.33
Current: 19.71
10.62
38.33
Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) 54.91
NWE's Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) is ranked lower than
80% of the 265 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 19.30 vs. NWE: 54.91 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) only.
NWE' s Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.83  Med: 19.06 Max: 188.16
Current: 54.91
4.83
188.16
P/B 1.71
NWE's P/B is ranked lower than
55% of the 624 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.59 vs. NWE: 1.71 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
NWE' s P/B Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.89  Med: 1.5 Max: 2.07
Current: 1.71
0.89
2.07
P/S 2.27
NWE's P/S is ranked lower than
63% of the 617 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.53 vs. NWE: 2.27 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
NWE' s P/S Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.55  Med: 1.1 Max: 4.78
Current: 2.27
0.55
4.78
PFCF 167.08
NWE's PFCF is ranked lower than
95% of the 238 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 14.93 vs. NWE: 167.08 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
NWE' s PFCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 8.23  Med: 21.5 Max: 1717.73
Current: 167.08
8.23
1717.73
POCF 9.54
NWE's POCF is ranked lower than
69% of the 398 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 7.15 vs. NWE: 9.54 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
NWE' s POCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.34  Med: 6.14 Max: 10.66
Current: 9.54
3.34
10.66
EV-to-EBIT 19.71
NWE's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
71% of the 557 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 15.32 vs. NWE: 19.71 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
NWE' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 9.1  Med: 14.2 Max: 168.8
Current: 19.71
9.1
168.8
EV-to-EBITDA 12.17
NWE's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked lower than
65% of the 583 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 10.34 vs. NWE: 12.17 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
NWE' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 5.9  Med: 8.9 Max: 63.9
Current: 12.17
5.9
63.9
PEG 7.54
NWE's PEG is ranked lower than
79% of the 272 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 2.76 vs. NWE: 7.54 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG only.
NWE' s PEG Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.26  Med: 1.23 Max: 9.39
Current: 7.54
0.26
9.39
Shiller P/E 23.57
NWE's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
52% of the 203 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 23.86 vs. NWE: 23.57 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
NWE' s Shiller P/E Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 20.89  Med: 23.73 Max: 26.74
Current: 23.57
20.89
26.74
Current Ratio 0.46
NWE's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
90% of the 626 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.06 vs. NWE: 0.46 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
NWE' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.34  Med: 0.8 Max: 1.47
Current: 0.46
0.34
1.47
Quick Ratio 0.36
NWE's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
91% of the 626 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.96 vs. NWE: 0.36 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
NWE' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.32  Med: 0.66 Max: 1.17
Current: 0.36
0.32
1.17
Days Inventory 50.16
NWE's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
76% of the 560 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 21.64 vs. NWE: 50.16 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
NWE' s Days Inventory Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 33.68  Med: 41.23 Max: 53.13
Current: 50.16
33.68
53.13
Days Sales Outstanding 34.56
NWE's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
69% of the 449 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 45.72 vs. NWE: 34.56 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
NWE' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 34.56  Med: 47.58 Max: 55.3
Current: 34.56
34.56
55.3
Days Payable 53.55
NWE's Days Payable is ranked lower than
61% of the 409 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 69.42 vs. NWE: 53.55 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Payable only.
NWE' s Days Payable Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 49.46  Med: 60.56 Max: 77.3
Current: 53.55
49.46
77.3

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 3.38
NWE's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
51% of the 920 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 3.43 vs. NWE: 3.38 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
NWE' s Dividend Yield Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.17  Med: 3.98 Max: 7.42
Current: 3.38
2.17
7.42
Dividend Payout 0.66
NWE's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
54% of the 545 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.55 vs. NWE: 0.66 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
NWE' s Dividend Payout Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.23  Med: 0.63 Max: 7.33
Current: 0.66
0.23
7.33
Dividend Growth (3y) 9.10
NWE's Dividend Growth (3y) is ranked higher than
72% of the 353 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 3.10 vs. NWE: 9.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Growth (3y) only.
NWE' s Dividend Growth (3y) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 3.4 Max: 9.7
Current: 9.1
0
9.7
Forward Dividend Yield 3.46
NWE's Forward Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
52% of the 897 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 3.58 vs. NWE: 3.46 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Dividend Yield only.
N/A
Yield on cost (5-Year) 4.58
NWE's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
55% of the 920 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 3.60 vs. NWE: 4.58 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
NWE' s Yield on cost (5-Year) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.92  Med: 5.35 Max: 9.98
Current: 4.58
2.92
9.98
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio -9.00
NWE's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked lower than
78% of the 308 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: -2.00 vs. NWE: -9.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio only.
NWE' s 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -17.4  Med: -2.9 Max: 2.4
Current: -9
-17.4
2.4

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 2.20
NWE's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
57% of the 574 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.94 vs. NWE: 2.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
NWE' s Price/Tangible Book Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.84  Med: 2.43 Max: 4.14
Current: 2.2
1.84
4.14
Price/Projected FCF 1.98
NWE's Price/Projected FCF is ranked lower than
59% of the 306 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.55 vs. NWE: 1.98 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
NWE' s Price/Projected FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.77  Med: 1.78 Max: 105.48
Current: 1.98
0.77
105.48
Price/Median PS Value 2.05
NWE's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
90% of the 587 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. NWE: 2.05 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
NWE' s Price/Median PS Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.59  Med: 1.01 Max: 6.06
Current: 2.05
0.59
6.06
Price/Graham Number 1.38
NWE's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
53% of the 461 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.31 vs. NWE: 1.38 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Graham Number only.
NWE' s Price/Graham Number Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.99  Med: 1.29 Max: 4.39
Current: 1.38
0.99
4.39
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 5.08
NWE's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
62% of the 636 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 6.10 vs. NWE: 5.08 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
NWE' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.6  Med: 7.1 Max: 11
Current: 5.08
0.6
11
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 2.93
NWE's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
52% of the 374 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 2.50 vs. NWE: 2.93 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
NWE' s Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -2.1  Med: 3.55 Max: 48.8
Current: 2.93
-2.1
48.8

More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $1,223
EPS (TTM) $ 2.95
Beta0.30
Short Percentage of Float2.49%
52-Week Range $48.47 - 63.75
Shares Outstanding (Mil)48.31

Analyst Estimate

Dec16 Dec17 Dec18
Revenue (Mil $)
EPS ($) 3.37 3.33 3.41
EPS w/o NRI ($) 3.37 3.33 3.41
EPS Growth Rate
(3Y to 5Y Estimate)
5.00%
Dividends Per Share ($)
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