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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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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.01
NWE's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
98% of the 558 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.26 vs. NWE: 0.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
NWE' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0  Med: 0.02 Max: No Debt
Current: 0.01
Equity to Asset 0.30
NWE's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
62% of the 549 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.35 vs. NWE: 0.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
NWE' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: -0.25  Med: 0.28 Max: 0.34
Current: 0.3
-0.25
0.34
Interest Coverage 2.29
NWE's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
80% of the 295 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 4.31 vs. NWE: 2.29 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
NWE' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.11  Med: 2.27 Max: 3.27
Current: 2.29
0.11
3.27
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 0.78
M-Score: -2.83
WACC vs ROIC
6.10%
7.99%
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 (%) 16.13
NWE's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
63% of the 571 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 11.97 vs. NWE: 16.13 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
NWE' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 0.25  Med: 12.39 Max: 18.68
Current: 16.13
0.25
18.68
Net-margin (%) 10.71
NWE's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
65% of the 571 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 7.05 vs. NWE: 10.71 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
NWE' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -113.88  Med: 5.23 Max: 14.78
Current: 10.71
-113.88
14.78
ROE (%) 10.19
NWE's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
59% of the 566 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 8.74 vs. NWE: 10.19 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
NWE' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -11.26  Med: 9.63 Max: 15.98
Current: 10.19
-11.26
15.98
ROA (%) 2.96
NWE's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
51% of the 581 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 3.05 vs. NWE: 2.96 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
NWE' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -32.89  Med: 2.43 Max: 3.12
Current: 2.96
-32.89
3.12
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 6.19
NWE's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
68% of the 577 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 9.00 vs. NWE: 6.19 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
NWE' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -88.62  Med: 8.03 Max: 13.16
Current: 6.19
-88.62
13.16
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -0.90
NWE's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
72% of the 481 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 3.50 vs. NWE: -0.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
NWE' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -44.6  Med: -0.20 Max: 81.2
Current: -0.9
-44.6
81.2
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 1.40
NWE's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
53% of the 450 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 2.10 vs. NWE: 1.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
NWE' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0  Med: -2.50 Max: 22.2
Current: 1.4
0
22.2
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 5.70
NWE's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
57% of the 406 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 3.60 vs. NWE: 5.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
NWE' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0  Med: 4.80 Max: 26.6
Current: 5.7
0
26.6
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Financials


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Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

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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Q1 2015

NWE Guru Trades in Q1 2015

John Keeley 656,620 sh (+146.83%)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Jim Simons Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 436,200 sh (-1.13%)
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 17.17
NWE's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
51% of the 470 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 17.40 vs. NWE: 17.17 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
NWE' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 10.55  Med: 15.21 Max: 37.07
Current: 17.17
10.55
37.07
Forward P/E 17.76
NWE's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
71% of the 262 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 14.53 vs. NWE: 17.76 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 17.00
NWE's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
51% of the 466 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 17.20 vs. NWE: 17.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
NWE' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 10.56  Med: 15.70 Max: 951.33
Current: 17
10.56
951.33
P/B 1.57
NWE's P/B is ranked higher than
50% of the 562 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.55 vs. NWE: 1.57 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
NWE' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.89  Med: 1.46 Max: 2.07
Current: 1.57
0.89
2.07
P/S 1.79
NWE's P/S is ranked lower than
57% of the 604 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.41 vs. NWE: 1.79 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
NWE' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.55  Med: 1.09 Max: 6.79
Current: 1.79
0.55
6.79
POCF 8.23
NWE's POCF is ranked lower than
54% of the 468 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 7.71 vs. NWE: 8.23 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
NWE' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 3.82  Med: 6.22 Max: 59.07
Current: 8.23
3.82
59.07
EV-to-EBIT 21.58
NWE's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
73% of the 485 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 14.70 vs. NWE: 21.58 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
NWE' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 9.2  Med: 14.90 Max: 241.3
Current: 21.58
9.2
241.3
PEG 6.54
NWE's PEG is ranked lower than
74% of the 234 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 2.70 vs. NWE: 6.54 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG only.
NWE' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.28  Med: 0.74 Max: 9.47
Current: 6.54
0.28
9.47
Shiller P/E 18.94
NWE's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
53% of the 343 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 19.44 vs. NWE: 18.94 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
NWE' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 15.6  Med: 18.51 Max: 102.54
Current: 18.94
15.6
102.54
Current Ratio 0.58
NWE's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
87% of the 561 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.11 vs. NWE: 0.58 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
NWE' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.34  Med: 0.84 Max: 1.54
Current: 0.58
0.34
1.54
Quick Ratio 0.50
NWE's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
85% of the 561 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.03 vs. NWE: 0.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
NWE' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.32  Med: 0.69 Max: 1.17
Current: 0.5
0.32
1.17
Days Inventory 43.90
NWE's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
73% of the 508 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 23.47 vs. NWE: 43.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
NWE' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 13.08  Med: 37.55 Max: 52.47
Current: 43.9
13.08
52.47
Days Sales Outstanding 46.00
NWE's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
55% of the 458 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 50.66 vs. NWE: 46.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
NWE' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 24.95  Med: 48.17 Max: 372.63
Current: 46
24.95
372.63

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 3.52
NWE's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
55% of the 832 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 3.72 vs. NWE: 3.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
NWE' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.77  Med: 4.06 Max: 7.42
Current: 3.52
0.77
7.42
Dividend Payout 0.56
NWE's Dividend Payout is ranked lower than
52% of the 524 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. NWE: 0.56 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
NWE' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.24  Med: 0.74 Max: 7.94
Current: 0.56
0.24
7.94
Dividend growth (3y) 3.60
NWE's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
54% of the 299 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 3.10 vs. NWE: 3.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend growth (3y) only.
NWE' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0  Med: 3.40 Max: 9.7
Current: 3.6
0
9.7
Yield on cost (5-Year) 4.20
NWE's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
54% of the 832 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 4.09 vs. NWE: 4.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
NWE' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.92  Med: 4.85 Max: 8.86
Current: 4.2
0.92
8.86
Share Buyback Rate -3.50
NWE's Share Buyback Rate is ranked lower than
62% of the 331 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: -1.40 vs. NWE: -3.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Share Buyback Rate only.
NWE' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 42.1  Med: -2.10 Max: -97.2
Current: -3.5

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 2.05
NWE's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
54% of the 509 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.88 vs. NWE: 2.05 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
NWE' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.84  Med: 2.44 Max: 4.13
Current: 2.05
1.84
4.13
Price/Projected FCF 2.07
NWE's Price/Projected FCF is ranked lower than
62% of the 284 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.61 vs. NWE: 2.07 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
NWE' s 10-Year Price/Projected FCF Range
Min: 0.77  Med: 1.40 Max: 105.48
Current: 2.07
0.77
105.48
Price/Median PS Value 1.66
NWE's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
85% of the 527 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.08 vs. NWE: 1.66 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
NWE' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.59  Med: 0.99 Max: 6.17
Current: 1.66
0.59
6.17
Price/Graham Number 1.30
NWE's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
57% of the 398 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.21 vs. NWE: 1.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Graham Number only.
NWE' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.97  Med: 1.28 Max: 5.27
Current: 1.3
0.97
5.27
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 4.54
NWE's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
61% of the 575 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 5.90 vs. NWE: 4.54 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
NWE' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 0.4  Med: 6.70 Max: 10.9
Current: 4.54
0.4
10.9
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 2.26
NWE's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked lower than
55% of the 351 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 3.05 vs. NWE: 2.26 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
NWE' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range
Min: -2.1  Med: 3.20 Max: 48.4
Current: 2.26
-2.1
48.4

Business Description

Industry: Utilities - Regulated » Utilities - Diversified
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Traded in other countries:NWZA.Germany,
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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