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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
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history
Cash to Debt 0.01
TAC's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
96% of the 155 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 0.20 vs. TAC: 0.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
TAC' s Cash to Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.01  Med: 0.03 Max: N/A
Current: 0.01
Equity to Asset 0.31
TAC's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
61% of the 153 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 0.37 vs. TAC: 0.31 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
TAC' s Equity to Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.26  Med: 0.32 Max: 0.34
Current: 0.31
0.26
0.34
Interest Coverage 0.64
TAC's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
85% of the 104 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 2.41 vs. TAC: 0.64 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
TAC' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.66  Med: 2.52 Max: N/A
Current: 0.64
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 0.39
WACC vs ROIC
6.08%
0.75%
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 (%) 6.53
TAC's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
61% of the 155 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 10.50 vs. TAC: 6.53 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
TAC' s Operating margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -9.68  Med: 15.25 Max: 24.64
Current: 6.53
-9.68
24.64
Net-margin (%) 0.97
TAC's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
62% of the 155 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 3.34 vs. TAC: 0.97 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
TAC' s Net-margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -26.43  Med: 6.74 Max: 11.65
Current: 0.97
-26.43
11.65
ROE (%) -0.72
TAC's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
65% of the 154 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 3.40 vs. TAC: -0.72 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
TAC' s ROE (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -19.55  Med: 5.61 Max: 13.07
Current: -0.72
-19.55
13.07
ROA (%) 0.21
TAC's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
59% of the 157 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 0.95 vs. TAC: 0.21 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
TAC' s ROA (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -6.06  Med: 1.97 Max: 4.22
Current: 0.21
-6.06
4.22
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 6.00
TAC's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
51% of the 155 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 5.91 vs. TAC: 6.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
TAC' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -2.99  Med: 6.23 Max: 10.66
Current: 6
-2.99
10.66
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -4.90
TAC's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
70% of the 114 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 5.00 vs. TAC: -4.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
TAC' s Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -12.6  Med: -1.50 Max: 30.9
Current: -4.9
-12.6
30.9
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 36.50
TAC's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
80% of the 99 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 7.30 vs. TAC: 36.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
TAC' s EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: -12.20 Max: 36.5
Current: 36.5
0
36.5
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) -68.00
TAC's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
98% of the 83 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 5.10 vs. TAC: -68.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
TAC' s EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -68  Med: -5.50 Max: 59.9
Current: -68
-68
59.9
» TAC's 10-Y Financials

Financials (Next Earnings Date: 2016-05-03)


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

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Guru Trades

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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Q2 2015

TAC Guru Trades in Q2 2015

Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Jim Simons 101,900 sh (-65.78%)
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Q3 2015

TAC Guru Trades in Q3 2015

Jim Simons 224,700 sh (+120.51%)
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Q4 2015

TAC Guru Trades in Q4 2015

Jim Simons 313,960 sh (+39.72%)
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Preferred stocks of TransAlta Corp

SymbolPriceYieldDescription
TA.PR.D.Canada9.5512.04Transalta --- Cum First Pfd Shs Series -A-
TA.PR.H.Canada14.128.85
TA.PR.F.Canada12.509.20
TA.PR.E.Canada9.340.00B
TA.PR.J.Canada15.308.66Cum Red Pfd Shs Series -G-

Ratios

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industry
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history
Forward P/E 46.30
TAC's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
91% of the 33 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 18.76 vs. TAC: 46.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
P/B 0.77
TAC's P/B is ranked higher than
77% of the 151 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.33 vs. TAC: 0.77 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
TAC' s P/B Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.44  Med: 1.71 Max: 4.13
Current: 0.77
0.44
4.13
P/S 0.81
TAC's P/S is ranked higher than
81% of the 150 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.96 vs. TAC: 0.81 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
TAC' s P/S Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.46  Med: 1.63 Max: 2.59
Current: 0.81
0.46
2.59
POCF 4.25
TAC's POCF is ranked higher than
67% of the 84 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 6.93 vs. TAC: 4.25 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
TAC' s POCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.43  Med: 5.97 Max: 10.99
Current: 4.25
2.43
10.99
EV-to-EBIT 18.44
TAC's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
60% of the 113 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 15.51 vs. TAC: 18.44 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
TAC' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -42  Med: 20.70 Max: 63.2
Current: 18.44
-42
63.2
EV-to-EBITDA 7.81
TAC's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked higher than
73% of the 124 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 10.83 vs. TAC: 7.81 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
TAC' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4  Med: 10.00 Max: 41.6
Current: 7.81
4
41.6
Shiller P/E 15.12
TAC's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
52% of the 23 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 15.12 vs. TAC: 15.12 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
TAC' s Shiller P/E Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 8.74  Med: 17.67 Max: 25.96
Current: 15.12
8.74
25.96
Current Ratio 1.36
TAC's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
53% of the 146 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.32 vs. TAC: 1.36 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
TAC' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.54  Med: 0.76 Max: 1.36
Current: 1.36
0.54
1.36
Quick Ratio 1.11
TAC's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
51% of the 146 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.16 vs. TAC: 1.11 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
TAC' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.49  Med: 0.72 Max: 1.11
Current: 1.11
0.49
1.11
Days Inventory 55.76
TAC's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
66% of the 116 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 30.44 vs. TAC: 55.76 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
TAC' s Days Inventory Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 9.88  Med: 25.80 Max: 75.14
Current: 55.76
9.88
75.14
Days Sales Outstanding 69.72
TAC's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
62% of the 124 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 57.86 vs. TAC: 69.72 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
TAC' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 55.47  Med: 70.79 Max: 98.6
Current: 69.72
55.47
98.6

Dividend & Buy Back

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history
Dividend Yield 8.42
TAC's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
90% of the 183 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 4.20 vs. TAC: 8.42 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
TAC' s Dividend Yield Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.78  Med: 5.51 Max: 19.15
Current: 8.42
2.78
19.15
Dividend Growth (3y) -14.70
TAC's Dividend Growth (3y) is ranked lower than
77% of the 52 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 6.30 vs. TAC: -14.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Growth (3y) only.
TAC' s Dividend Growth (3y) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -14.7  Med: 0.00 Max: 84.2
Current: -14.7
-14.7
84.2
Forward Dividend Yield 1.89
TAC's Forward Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
90% of the 174 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 3.88 vs. TAC: 1.89 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Dividend Yield only.
N/A
Yield on cost (5-Year) 4.90
TAC's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
73% of the 211 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 4.49 vs. TAC: 4.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
TAC' s Yield on cost (5-Year) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.61  Med: 3.20 Max: 11.12
Current: 4.9
1.61
11.12
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio -6.00
TAC's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked lower than
54% of the 81 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: -4.10 vs. TAC: -6.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio only.
TAC' s 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -7.1  Med: -2.70 Max: 0
Current: -6
-7.1
0

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/Tangible Book 1.18
TAC's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
69% of the 139 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.52 vs. TAC: 1.18 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
TAC' s Price/Tangible Book Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.88  Med: 2.23 Max: 3.42
Current: 1.18
0.88
3.42
Price/Projected FCF 0.55
TAC's Price/Projected FCF is ranked higher than
89% of the 36 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 1.29 vs. TAC: 0.55 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
TAC' s Price/Projected FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.41  Med: 1.47 Max: 22.89
Current: 0.55
0.41
22.89
Price/Median PS Value 0.49
TAC's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
82% of the 131 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 0.87 vs. TAC: 0.49 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
TAC' s Price/Median PS Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.37  Med: 1.07 Max: 2.03
Current: 0.49
0.37
2.03
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 5.40
TAC's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
55% of the 151 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 4.50 vs. TAC: 5.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
TAC' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.6  Med: 4.70 Max: 7.8
Current: 5.4
1.6
7.8
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 3.50
TAC's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked lower than
58% of the 52 Companies
in the Global Utilities - Independent Power Producers industry.

( Industry Median: 6.28 vs. TAC: 3.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
TAC' s Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -20.6  Med: 0.40 Max: 18.6
Current: 3.5
-20.6
18.6

More Statistics

Revenue(Mil) $1785
EPS $ -0.06
Beta0.75
Short Percentage of Float1.24%
52-Week Range $2.54 - 10.26
Shares Outstanding(Mil)284.06

Analyst Estimate

Dec16 Dec17 Dec18
Revenue(Mil) 1,762 1,835 1,924
EPS($) 0.08 0.10 0.11
EPS without NRI($) 0.08 0.10 0.11

Business Description

Industry: Utilities - Independent Power Producers » Utilities - Independent Power Producers
Compare:BSP:CESP5, CAS:TQM, NSE:JSWENERGY, NAS:PEGI, PHS:FGEN, SHSE:600726 » details
Traded in other countries:TA.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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