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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 : 6/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.01
NWN's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
97% of the 558 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 0.26 vs. NWN: 0.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
NWN' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0  Med: 0.02 Max: 0.39
Current: 0.01
0
0.39
Equity to Asset 0.26
NWN's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
72% of the 549 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 0.35 vs. NWN: 0.26 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
NWN' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.25  Med: 0.34 Max: 0.48
Current: 0.26
0.25
0.48
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 0.82
WACC vs ROIC
4.18%
4.49%
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 : 6/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 16.74
NWN's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
64% of the 571 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 11.97 vs. NWN: 16.74 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
NWN' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 13.5  Med: 18.48 Max: 25.05
Current: 16.74
13.5
25.05
Net-margin (%) 6.82
NWN's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
52% of the 571 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 7.05 vs. NWN: 6.82 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
NWN' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 6.26  Med: 7.72 Max: 12.31
Current: 6.82
6.26
12.31
ROE (%) 6.39
NWN's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
63% of the 566 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 8.74 vs. NWN: 6.39 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
NWN' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 6.43  Med: 9.41 Max: 12.5
Current: 6.39
6.43
12.5
ROA (%) 1.70
NWN's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
69% of the 581 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 3.05 vs. NWN: 1.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
NWN' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 1.94  Med: 3.08 Max: 4.88
Current: 1.7
1.94
4.88
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 5.52
NWN's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
72% of the 577 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 9.00 vs. NWN: 5.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
NWN' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 6.38  Med: 9.44 Max: 27.26
Current: 5.52
6.38
27.26
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -3.60
NWN's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
80% of the 481 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 3.50 vs. NWN: -3.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
NWN' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -10.7  Med: 2.90 Max: 16
Current: -3.6
-10.7
16
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) -0.20
NWN's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
59% of the 450 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 2.10 vs. NWN: -0.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
NWN' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -2.9  Med: -0.20 Max: 10.1
Current: -0.2
-2.9
10.1
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) -3.30
NWN's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
62% of the 406 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 3.60 vs. NWN: -3.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
NWN' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -14.6  Med: -0.40 Max: 22.8
Current: -3.3
-14.6
22.8
» NWN's 10-Y Financials

Financials


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

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Guru Trades

Q2 2014

NWN Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Joel Greenblatt 20,556 sh (New)
Mario Gabelli 31,100 sh (+180.18%)
Ken Fisher 263,632 sh (+0.51%)
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Q3 2014

NWN Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Mario Gabelli 39,574 sh (+27.25%)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Ken Fisher 256,077 sh (-2.87%)
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Q4 2014

NWN Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Mario Gabelli 39,574 sh (unchged)
Ken Fisher 250,787 sh (-2.07%)
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Q1 2015

NWN Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Jim Simons 9,300 sh (New)
Mario Gabelli 39,100 sh (-1.20%)
Ken Fisher 245,762 sh (-2.00%)
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 23.73
NWN's P/E(ttm) is ranked lower than
70% of the 470 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 17.40 vs. NWN: 23.73 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
NWN' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 14.14  Med: 17.97 Max: 27.16
Current: 23.73
14.14
27.16
Forward P/E 18.25
NWN's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
77% of the 262 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 14.53 vs. NWN: 18.25 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 23.90
NWN's PE(NRI) is ranked lower than
71% of the 466 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 17.20 vs. NWN: 23.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
NWN' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 14.12  Med: 17.96 Max: 27.21
Current: 23.9
14.12
27.21
P/B 1.49
NWN's P/B is ranked higher than
52% of the 562 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 1.55 vs. NWN: 1.49 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
NWN' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.95  Med: 1.70 Max: 2.36
Current: 1.49
0.95
2.36
P/S 1.62
NWN's P/S is ranked lower than
55% of the 604 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 1.41 vs. NWN: 1.62 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
NWN' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.94  Med: 1.35 Max: 1.87
Current: 1.62
0.94
1.87
POCF 10.34
NWN's POCF is ranked lower than
65% of the 468 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 7.71 vs. NWN: 10.34 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
NWN' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 3.47  Med: 7.48 Max: 35.12
Current: 10.34
3.47
35.12
EV-to-EBIT 16.44
NWN's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
58% of the 485 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 14.70 vs. NWN: 16.44 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
NWN' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 7.1  Med: 13.50 Max: 22.1
Current: 16.44
7.1
22.1
Shiller P/E 17.86
NWN's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
57% of the 343 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 19.44 vs. NWN: 17.86 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
NWN' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 14.88  Med: 17.57 Max: 23.61
Current: 17.86
14.88
23.61
Current Ratio 0.79
NWN's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
73% of the 561 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 1.11 vs. NWN: 0.79 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
NWN' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.42  Med: 0.77 Max: 1.39
Current: 0.79
0.42
1.39
Quick Ratio 0.60
NWN's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
78% of the 561 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 1.03 vs. NWN: 0.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
NWN' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.28  Med: 0.58 Max: 1.17
Current: 0.6
0.28
1.17
Days Inventory 71.26
NWN's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
85% of the 508 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 23.47 vs. NWN: 71.26 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
NWN' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 24.98  Med: 49.40 Max: 72.91
Current: 71.26
24.98
72.91
Days Sales Outstanding 34.63
NWN's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
73% of the 458 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 50.66 vs. NWN: 34.63 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
NWN' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 24.53  Med: 33.21 Max: 44.23
Current: 34.63
24.53
44.23

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 4.32
NWN's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
63% of the 832 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 3.72 vs. NWN: 4.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
NWN' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 2.71  Med: 3.69 Max: 4.52
Current: 4.32
2.71
4.52
Dividend Payout 1.02
NWN's Dividend Payout is ranked lower than
82% of the 524 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. NWN: 1.02 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
NWN' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.2  Med: 0.39 Max: 11.5
Current: 1.02
0.2
11.5
Dividend growth (3y) 1.80
NWN's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked lower than
58% of the 299 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 3.10 vs. NWN: 1.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend growth (3y) only.
NWN' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0.6  Med: 1.80 Max: 5.3
Current: 1.8
0.6
5.3
Yield on cost (5-Year) 4.98
NWN's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
66% of the 832 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 4.09 vs. NWN: 4.98 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
NWN' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 3.13  Med: 4.26 Max: 5.21
Current: 4.98
3.13
5.21
Share Buyback Rate -0.60
NWN's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
63% of the 331 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: -1.40 vs. NWN: -0.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Share Buyback Rate only.
NWN' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 1.3  Med: -1.10 Max: -3.6
Current: -0.6

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/Tangible Book 1.49
NWN's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
61% of the 509 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 1.88 vs. NWN: 1.49 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
NWN' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.03  Med: 1.59 Max: 2.28
Current: 1.49
1.03
2.28
Price/Projected FCF 1.13
NWN's Price/Projected FCF is ranked higher than
67% of the 284 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 1.61 vs. NWN: 1.13 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
NWN' s 10-Year Price/Projected FCF Range
Min: 0.4  Med: 1.62 Max: 4.97
Current: 1.13
0.4
4.97
Price/Median PS Value 1.20
NWN's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
62% of the 527 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 1.08 vs. NWN: 1.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
NWN' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.72  Med: 0.98 Max: 1.52
Current: 1.2
0.72
1.52
Price/Graham Number 1.26
NWN's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
53% of the 398 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 1.21 vs. NWN: 1.26 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Graham Number only.
NWN' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.66  Med: 1.13 Max: 1.45
Current: 1.26
0.66
1.45
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 6.11
NWN's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
51% of the 575 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 5.90 vs. NWN: 6.11 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
NWN' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 4.5  Med: 7.40 Max: 14.1
Current: 6.11
4.5
14.1
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 2.52
NWN's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked lower than
53% of the 351 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Regulated Gas industry.

( Industry Median: 3.05 vs. NWN: 2.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
NWN' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range
Min: -1.8  Med: 2.80 Max: 14.4
Current: 2.52
-1.8
14.4

Business Description

Industry: Utilities - Regulated » Utilities - Regulated Gas
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Traded in other countries:NN3.Germany,
Northwest Natural Gas was incorporated under the laws of Oregon in 1910. The Company has operations in Oregon, Washington and California and conduct business through NW Natural and its subsidiaries. The Company has two businesses: regulated local gas distribution business, referred to as the Utility segment, which serves residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Oregon and southwest Washington; and gas storage businesses, referred to as the Gas Storage segment, which provides storage services for utilities, gas marketers, electric generators, and large industrial users from storage facilities located in Oregon and California. The utility is principally engaged in the regulated distribution of natural gas in Oregon and southwest Washington to approximately 695,000 customers with around 90% of customers located in Oregon and 10% located in Washington. In total, the Company provides natural gas service to over 100 cities in 18 counties with an estimated population of 3.4 million in service territory. The OPUC and WUTC have allocated the Company an exclusive service territory, which includes a portion of western Oregon, including the Portland metropolitan area, Willamette Valley, the Coastal area from Astoria to Coos Bay, and portions of Washington along the Columbia River. The Company serves residential, commercial and industrial customers with no individual customer or industry accounting for over 10% of its utility revenues. On an annual basis, residential and commercial customers typically account for around 60% of utility's total volumes delivered and 90% of the Company's utility margin. Industrial customers largely account for the remaining volumes and utility margin. Residential and commercial customers purchase both their natural gas commodity and natural gas delivery services from the utility. Industrial customers also purchase transportation services from the utility, but may buy the gas commodity either from the utility or directly from a third-party gas marketer or supplier. The Company has no direct competition from other natural gas distributors but competes with other forms of energy supply in each customer class. For residential and small to mid-size commercial customers, the Company competes primarily with electricity, fuel oil, propane and renewable energy providers. In the industrial and large commercial markets the Company competes with all forms of energy, including competition from wholesale natural gas marketers. In addition, large industrial customers could bypass the Company's local gas distribution system by installing their own direct pipeline connection to the interstate pipeline system. The Company has properties and facilities that are subject to federal, state and local laws and regulations related to environmental matters.
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