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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 : 7/10

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Cash to Debt 0.01
NWE's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
55% of the 900 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.20 vs. NWE: 0.01 )
NWE' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.01

Equity to Asset 0.30
NWE's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
68% of the 913 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.34 vs. NWE: 0.30 )
NWE' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: -0.24   Max: 0.32
Current: 0.3

-0.24
0.32
Interest Coverage 2.29
NWE's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
62% of the 512 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 3.47 vs. NWE: 2.29 )
NWE' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.11   Max: 3.27
Current: 2.29

0.11
3.27
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 0.79
M-Score: -2.70
WACC vs ROIC
5.49%
8.27%
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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Operating margin (%) 14.77
NWE's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
80% of the 937 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 13.47 vs. NWE: 14.77 )
NWE' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 0.25   Max: 18.68
Current: 14.77

0.25
18.68
Net-margin (%) 10.02
NWE's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 937 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 8.03 vs. NWE: 10.02 )
NWE' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -113.88   Max: 14.78
Current: 10.02

-113.88
14.78
ROE (%) 10.53
NWE's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
84% of the 937 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 8.88 vs. NWE: 10.53 )
NWE' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -11.26   Max: 15.98
Current: 10.53

-11.26
15.98
ROA (%) 3.00
NWE's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
76% of the 945 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 3.04 vs. NWE: 3.00 )
NWE' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -32.89   Max: 3.12
Current: 3

-32.89
3.12
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 6.05
NWE's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
70% of the 943 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 8.25 vs. NWE: 6.05 )
NWE' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 0.58   Max: 11.25
Current: 6.05

0.58
11.25
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -0.90
NWE's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
66% of the 800 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 3.50 vs. NWE: -0.90 )
NWE' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -44.6   Max: 81.2
Current: -0.9

-44.6
81.2
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 1.40
NWE's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
75% of the 785 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.90 vs. NWE: 1.40 )
NWE' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 22.2
Current: 1.4

0
22.2
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 5.70
NWE's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
80% of the 700 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 3.60 vs. NWE: 5.70 )
NWE' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 26.6
Current: 5.7

0
26.6
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Financials


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

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Guru Trades

Q1 2014

NWE Guru Trades in Q1 2014

David Dreman 998 sh (New)
Jim Simons 64,847 sh (+225.44%)
John Keeley 298,875 sh (+0.23%)
Mario Gabelli 476,200 sh (-0.42%)
Steven Cohen 10,957 sh (-26.27%)
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Q2 2014

NWE Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Jim Simons 85,826 sh (+32.35%)
Mario Gabelli 476,200 sh (unchged)
David Dreman Sold Out
John Keeley 280,235 sh (-6.24%)
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Q3 2014

NWE Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 6,000 sh (New)
Mario Gabelli 473,200 sh (-0.63%)
John Keeley 274,445 sh (-2.07%)
Jim Simons 21,526 sh (-74.92%)
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Q4 2014

NWE Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Jim Simons 54,500 sh (+153.18%)
John Keeley 266,025 sh (-3.07%)
Mario Gabelli 441,200 sh (-6.76%)
Paul Tudor Jones 4,500 sh (-25.00%)
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Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 17.70
NWE's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
81% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 20.20 vs. NWE: 17.70 )
NWE' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 10.55   Max: 37.07
Current: 17.7

10.55
37.07
Forward P/E 18.76
NWE's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
73% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 17.42 vs. NWE: 18.76 )
N/A
PE(NRI) 17.70
NWE's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
83% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 20.20 vs. NWE: 17.70 )
NWE' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 10.56   Max: 951.33
Current: 17.7

10.56
951.33
P/B 1.68
NWE's P/B is ranked higher than
73% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.64 vs. NWE: 1.68 )
NWE' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.89   Max: 2.07
Current: 1.68

0.89
2.07
P/S 1.76
NWE's P/S is ranked higher than
69% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.61 vs. NWE: 1.76 )
NWE' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.55   Max: 6.79
Current: 1.76

0.55
6.79
POCF 8.43
NWE's POCF is ranked higher than
78% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 7.99 vs. NWE: 8.43 )
NWE' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 3.82   Max: 59.07
Current: 8.43

3.82
59.07
EV-to-EBIT 24.84
NWE's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
72% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 17.73 vs. NWE: 24.84 )
NWE' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 9.2   Max: 241.3
Current: 24.84

9.2
241.3
PEG 6.81
NWE's PEG is ranked higher than
84% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. NWE: 6.81 )
NWE' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.28   Max: 7.85
Current: 6.81

0.28
7.85
Shiller P/E 20.80
NWE's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
83% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 26.17 vs. NWE: 20.80 )
NWE' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 15.68   Max: 102.54
Current: 20.8

15.68
102.54
Current Ratio 0.57
NWE's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
59% of the 925 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.06 vs. NWE: 0.57 )
NWE' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.38   Max: 1.54
Current: 0.57

0.38
1.54
Quick Ratio 0.48
NWE's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
59% of the 925 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.95 vs. NWE: 0.48 )
NWE' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.36   Max: 1.17
Current: 0.48

0.36
1.17
Days Inventory 40.04
NWE's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
73% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 31.34 vs. NWE: 40.04 )
NWE' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 13.08   Max: 52.47
Current: 40.04

13.08
52.47
Days Sales Outstanding 49.52
NWE's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
80% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 62.13 vs. NWE: 49.52 )
NWE' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 24.95   Max: 372.63
Current: 49.52

24.95
372.63

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 3.17
NWE's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
52% of the 829 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 3.35 vs. NWE: 3.17 )
NWE' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.77   Max: 7.42
Current: 3.17

0.77
7.42
Dividend Payout 0.53
NWE's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
84% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.71 vs. NWE: 0.53 )
NWE' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.54   Max: 3.62
Current: 0.53

0.54
3.62
Dividend growth (3y) 3.60
NWE's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
80% of the 585 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 3.30 vs. NWE: 3.60 )
NWE' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 9.7
Current: 3.6

0
9.7
Yield on cost (5-Year) 3.82
NWE's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
55% of the 834 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 3.65 vs. NWE: 3.82 )
NWE' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.92   Max: 8.86
Current: 3.82

0.92
8.86
Share Buyback Rate -3.50
NWE's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
71% of the 595 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: -1.40 vs. NWE: -3.50 )
NWE' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 42.1   Max: -97.2
Current: -3.5

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 2.21
NWE's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
75% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 2.39 vs. NWE: 2.21 )
NWE' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 2.07   Max: 4.09
Current: 2.21

2.07
4.09
Price/DCF (Projected) 2.12
NWE's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
84% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 3.49 vs. NWE: 2.12 )
NWE' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.98   Max: 46.37
Current: 2.12

0.98
46.37
Price/Median PS Value 1.65
NWE's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
63% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. NWE: 1.65 )
NWE' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.66   Max: 6.24
Current: 1.65

0.66
6.24
Price/Graham Number 1.42
NWE's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
79% of the 995 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.66 vs. NWE: 1.42 )
NWE' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.07   Max: 2.47
Current: 1.42

1.07
2.47
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 4.00
NWE's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
67% of the 930 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 5.90 vs. NWE: 4.00 )
NWE' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 0.4   Max: 10.9
Current: 4

0.4
10.9
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 2.73
NWE's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
76% of the 691 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 2.99 vs. NWE: 2.73 )
NWE' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -2.1   Max: 48.7
Current: 2.73

-2.1
48.7

Business Description

Industry: Utilities - Regulated » Utilities - Diversified
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NorthWestern Corp was incorporated in Delaware in November 1923. The Company provides electricity and natural gas to approximately 678,200 customers in Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. They have generated and distributed electricity in South Dakota and distributed natural gas in South Dakota and Nebraska and generates and distributes electricity natural gas in Montana. 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. The Company distribute natural gas to approximately 184,300 customers in 105 Montana communities, along with propane to 563 customers in the Townsend area. They also serve several smaller distribution companies that provide service to approximately 32,000 customers. Its natural gas distribution system consists of approximately 5,000 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.
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