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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 0.05
TAC's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
85% of the 136 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 0.20 vs. TAC: 0.05 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
TAC' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01  Med: 0.04 Max: N/A
Current: 0.05
Equity to Asset 0.31
TAC's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
62% of the 124 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 0.39 vs. TAC: 0.31 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
TAC' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.24  Med: 0.31 Max: 0.35
Current: 0.31
0.24
0.35
Interest Coverage 1.87
TAC's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
70% of the 56 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 3.08 vs. TAC: 1.87 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
TAC' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.19  Med: 2.82 Max: 9999.99
Current: 1.87
0.19
9999.99
F-Score: 3
Z-Score: 0.43
WACC vs ROIC
5.94%
5.23%
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 : 4/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 13.40
TAC's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
59% of the 134 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 9.70 vs. TAC: 13.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
TAC' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 1.86  Med: 17.63 Max: 36.89
Current: 13.4
1.86
36.89
Net-margin (%) 2.64
TAC's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
54% of the 134 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 4.99 vs. TAC: 2.64 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
TAC' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -25.77  Med: 9.45 Max: 19.4
Current: 2.64
-25.77
19.4
ROE (%) 0.70
TAC's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
62% of the 135 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 3.64 vs. TAC: 0.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
TAC' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -19.56  Med: 8.89 Max: 22.91
Current: 0.7
-19.56
22.91
ROA (%) 0.80
TAC's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
55% of the 139 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.35 vs. TAC: 0.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
TAC' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -6.07  Med: 2.82 Max: 7.48
Current: 0.8
-6.07
7.48
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 6.19
TAC's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
53% of the 137 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 5.86 vs. TAC: 6.19 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
TAC' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -3.04  Med: 7.43 Max: 27.35
Current: 6.19
-3.04
27.35
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -7.10
TAC's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
77% of the 94 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 5.00 vs. TAC: -7.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
TAC' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -12.6  Med: -0.35 Max: 30.9
Current: -7.1
-12.6
30.9
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) -10.10
TAC's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
71% of the 75 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 5.40 vs. TAC: -10.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
TAC' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0  Med: -19.80 Max: 12.4
Current: -10.1
0
12.4
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) -26.50
TAC's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
78% of the 64 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 3.20 vs. TAC: -26.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
TAC' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -44.1  Med: -0.95 Max: 59.9
Current: -26.5
-44.1
59.9
» TAC's 10-Y Financials

Financials


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

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Guru Trades

Q2 2014

TAC Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Jim Simons 45,700 sh (New)
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Q3 2014

TAC Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Joel Greenblatt 15,315 sh (New)
Jim Simons 506,341 sh (+1007.97%)
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Q4 2014

TAC Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Jim Simons 492,939 sh (-2.65%)
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Q1 2015

TAC Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Joel Greenblatt 82,989 sh (New)
Jim Simons 297,741 sh (-39.60%)
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SymbolPriceYieldDescription
TA.PR.D.Canada9.9111.60Transalta --- Cum First Pfd Shs Series -A-
TA.PR.H.Canada13.709.12
TA.PR.F.Canada12.349.32
TA.PR.J.Canada15.237.64Cum Red Pfd Shs Series -G-

Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 14.97
TAC's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
55% of the 82 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 16.90 vs. TAC: 14.97 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
TAC' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 11.04  Med: 21.76 Max: 1772.22
Current: 14.97
11.04
1772.22
Forward P/E 36.63
TAC's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
88% of the 51 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 17.36 vs. TAC: 36.63 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 15.10
TAC's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
58% of the 83 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 16.90 vs. TAC: 15.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
TAC' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 11.02  Med: 22.14 Max: 1595
Current: 15.1
11.02
1595
P/B 1.02
TAC's P/B is ranked higher than
62% of the 132 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.38 vs. TAC: 1.02 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
TAC' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.02  Med: 1.71 Max: 4.13
Current: 1.02
1.02
4.13
P/S 0.91
TAC's P/S is ranked higher than
71% of the 129 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 2.05 vs. TAC: 0.91 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
TAC' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.91  Med: 1.61 Max: 2.59
Current: 0.91
0.91
2.59
POCF 3.80
TAC's POCF is ranked higher than
78% of the 94 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 7.86 vs. TAC: 3.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
TAC' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 3.41  Med: 6.26 Max: 11.04
Current: 3.8
3.41
11.04
EV-to-EBIT 21.60
TAC's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
60% of the 96 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 15.67 vs. TAC: 21.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
TAC' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -171.7  Med: 22.00 Max: 630
Current: 21.6
-171.7
630
Shiller P/E 55.74
TAC's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
95% of the 44 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 19.12 vs. TAC: 55.74 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
TAC' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 10.51  Med: 21.32 Max: 87.79
Current: 55.74
10.51
87.79
Current Ratio 1.15
TAC's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
57% of the 129 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.21 vs. TAC: 1.15 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
TAC' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.46  Med: 0.75 Max: 1.31
Current: 1.15
0.46
1.31
Quick Ratio 0.98
TAC's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
64% of the 129 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.15 vs. TAC: 0.98 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
TAC' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.46  Med: 0.71 Max: 1.15
Current: 0.98
0.46
1.15
Days Inventory 28.99
TAC's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
52% of the 108 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 28.61 vs. TAC: 28.99 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
TAC' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 9.41  Med: 22.10 Max: 48.51
Current: 28.99
9.41
48.51
Days Sales Outstanding 78.11
TAC's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
67% of the 115 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 55.59 vs. TAC: 78.11 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
TAC' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 55.42  Med: 74.74 Max: 321.88
Current: 78.11
55.42
321.88

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 10.09
TAC's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
92% of the 182 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 3.78 vs. TAC: 10.09 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
TAC' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 2.78  Med: 5.42 Max: 10.09
Current: 10.09
2.78
10.09
Dividend Payout 11.06
TAC's Dividend Payout is ranked lower than
98% of the 85 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 0.44 vs. TAC: 11.06 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
TAC' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.09  Med: 0.77 Max: 6
Current: 11.06
0.09
6
Dividend growth (3y) -14.70
TAC's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked lower than
77% of the 44 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 7.70 vs. TAC: -14.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend growth (3y) only.
TAC' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: -14.7  Med: 1.20 Max: 84.2
Current: -14.7
-14.7
84.2
Yield on cost (5-Year) 7.17
TAC's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
75% of the 182 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 4.12 vs. TAC: 7.17 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
TAC' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.98  Med: 3.85 Max: 6.91
Current: 7.17
1.98
6.91
Share Buyback Rate -7.10
TAC's Share Buyback Rate is ranked lower than
54% of the 69 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: -5.40 vs. TAC: -7.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Share Buyback Rate only.
TAC' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 0  Med: -2.70 Max: -7.1
Current: -7.1

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/Tangible Book 1.54
TAC's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
52% of the 120 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.66 vs. TAC: 1.54 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
TAC' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.23  Med: 2.10 Max: 4.97
Current: 1.54
1.23
4.97
Price/Projected FCF 0.74
TAC's Price/Projected FCF is ranked lower than
508% of the 38 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.29 vs. TAC: 0.74 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
TAC' s 10-Year Price/Projected FCF Range
Min: 0.91  Med: 1.59 Max: 145.33
Current: 0.74
0.91
145.33
Price/Median PS Value 0.56
TAC's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
184% of the 105 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 0.89 vs. TAC: 0.56 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
TAC' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.63  Med: 1.04 Max: 2.91
Current: 0.56
0.63
2.91
Price/Graham Number 0.94
TAC's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
297% of the 65 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.28 vs. TAC: 0.94 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Graham Number only.
TAC' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.82  Med: 1.40 Max: 18.2
Current: 0.94
0.82
18.2
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 4.63
TAC's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
56% of the 129 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 4.30 vs. TAC: 4.63 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
TAC' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 0.2  Med: 4.50 Max: 9.1
Current: 4.63
0.2
9.1
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) -1.16
TAC's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked lower than
64% of the 58 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 4.68 vs. TAC: -1.16 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
TAC' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range
Min: -23  Med: 3.40 Max: 17.7
Current: -1.16
-23
17.7

Analyst Estimate

Dec15 Dec16 Dec17
EPS($) 0.19 0.18 0.24
EPS without NRI($) 0.19 0.18 0.24

Business Description

Industry: Utilities - Independent Power Producers » Utilities - Independent Power Producers
Compare:HGKGY, CRPJY, BRPFF, RSHYY, NRG » details
Traded in other countries:TA.PR.D.Canada, TA.PR.H.Canada, TA.Canada, TA.PR.F.Canada, TA.PR.J.Canada, TZ1.Germany,
TransAlta Corp is engaged in the production and sale of electric energy since 1909. The Company is a non-regulated electricity generation and energy marketing Company. It is focused on generating and marketing electricity in Canada, the United States and Western Australia through its diversified portfolio of facilities fuelled by coal, natural gas, diesel, hydro and wind. The Company is organized into three business segments: Generation, Energy Marketing and Corporate. The Generation segment is responsible for constructing, operating and maintaining its electricity generation, as well as the operation and maintenance of its related mining operations in Canada. The Energy Marketing segment is responsible for marketing its production through short-term and long-term contracts, for securing cost effective and reliable fuel supply, and for maximizing margins by optimizing the Company's assets as market conditions change. In addition to serving the assets, its marketing team actively markets energy products and services to energy producers and customers. This segment also encompasses the management of available generating capacity as well as the fuel and transmission needs of the Generation business. Both segments are supported by a Corporate segment that provides finance, tax, treasury, legal, regulatory, environmental, health and safety, sustainable development, corporate communications, government and investor relations, procurement, information technology, risk management, human resources, internal audit, and other administrative services, including compliance and governance services.
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