NorthWestern Corporation Company Profile (NYSE:NWE)

About NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE)

NorthWestern Corporation logoNorthWestern Corporation, doing business as North-Western Energy, provides electricity and natural gas. The Company's segments are Electric operations, Natural gas operations and All other. As of December 31, 2016, the Company provided electricity and natural gas to approximately 709,600 customers in Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. It generates and distributes electricity in South Dakota; distributes natural gas in South Dakota and Nebraska, and generates and distributes electricity and distributes natural gas in Montana. Its regulated electric utility business in Montana includes generation, transmission and distribution. As of December 31, 2016, it provided retail electricity in 110 communities in South Dakota. Its regulated natural gas utility business in Montana includes production, storage, transmission and distribution. As of December 31, 2016, it provided natural gas to approximately 88,500 customers in 60 South Dakota communities and four Nebraska communities.

Industry, Sector and Symbol:
  • Sector: Utilities
  • Industry: Electric Utilities - NEC
  • Sub-Industry: Multi-Utilities
  • Symbol: NYSE:NWE
  • CUSIP: 66807430
  • Web:
  • Market Cap: $2.92 billion
  • Outstanding Shares: 48,445,000
Average Prices:
  • 50 Day Moving Avg: $61.64
  • 200 Day Moving Avg: $59.31
  • 52 Week Range: $53.85 - $63.86
  • Trailing P/E Ratio: 16.16
  • Foreward P/E Ratio: 17.12
  • P/E Growth: 4.78
Sales & Book Value:
  • Annual Revenue: $1.29 billion
  • Price / Sales: 2.26
  • Book Value: $35.28 per share
  • Price / Book: 1.71
  • Annual Dividend: $2.10
  • Dividend Yield: 3.4%
  • EBIDTA: $430.07 million
  • Net Margins: 14.14%
  • Return on Equity: 9.95%
  • Return on Assets: 3.05%
  • Debt-to-Equity Ratio: 1.06%
  • Current Ratio: 0.45%
  • Quick Ratio: 0.37%
  • Average Volume: 324,771 shs.
  • Beta: 0.38
  • Short Ratio: 3.8
Frequently Asked Questions for NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE)

What is NorthWestern Corporation's stock symbol?

NorthWestern Corporation trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "NWE."

How often does NorthWestern Corporation pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for NorthWestern Corporation?

NorthWestern Corporation announced a quarterly dividend on Thursday, April 27th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, June 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.525 per share on Friday, June 30th. This represents a $2.10 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.48%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, June 13th. View NorthWestern Corporation's Dividend History.

How were NorthWestern Corporation's earnings last quarter?

NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE) released its earnings results on Tuesday, July, 25th. The company reported $0.47 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks' consensus estimate of $0.62 by $0.15. The business had revenue of $283.86 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $302.42 million. NorthWestern Corporation had a return on equity of 9.95% and a net margin of 14.14%. The firm's revenue was down 3.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.65 earnings per share. View NorthWestern Corporation's Earnings History.

What guidance has NorthWestern Corporation issued on next quarter's earnings?

NorthWestern Corporation updated its FY17 earnings guidance on Tuesday, July, 25th. The company provided earnings per share (EPS) guidance of $3.30-3.50 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus earnings per share estimate of $3.40.

Where is NorthWestern Corporation's stock going? Where will NorthWestern Corporation's stock price be in 2017?

3 brokers have issued 1-year target prices for NorthWestern Corporation's shares. Their predictions range from $60.00 to $64.00. On average, they expect NorthWestern Corporation's share price to reach $61.33 in the next twelve months. View Analyst Ratings for NorthWestern Corporation.

Who are some of NorthWestern Corporation's key competitors?

Who are NorthWestern Corporation's key executives?

NorthWestern Corporation's management team includes the folowing people:

  • E. Linn Draper Jr. Ph.D., Independent Chairman of the Board
  • Robert C. Rowe, President, Chief Executive Officer, Director
  • Brian B. Bird, Chief Financial Officer, Vice President
  • Heather H. Grahame, Vice President, General Counsel
  • Crystal Dawn Lail, Vice President, Controller
  • Bobbi L. Schroeppel, Vice President - Customer Care, Communications and Human Resources
  • Michael R. Cashell, Vice President - Transmission
  • Patrick R. Corcoran, Vice President - Government and Regulatory Affairs
  • John D. Hines, Vice President - Supply
  • Curtis T. Pohl, Vice President - Distribution

Who owns NorthWestern Corporation stock?

NorthWestern Corporation's stock is owned by a variety of of institutional and retail investors. Top institutional shareholders include Vaughan Nelson Investment Management L.P. (1.96%), GW&K Investment Management LLC (1.36%), First PREMIER Bank (0.29%), Crow Point Partners LLC (0.21%), Nisa Investment Advisors LLC (0.18%) and Russell Investments Group Ltd. (0.18%). Company insiders that own NorthWestern Corporation stock include Bobbi L Schroeppel, Brian B Bird, Curtis T Pohl, Denton Louis Peoples, H Grahame Heather, Jan Robert Horsfall, John D Hines, Michael R Cashell, Patrick R Corcoran and Robert C Rowe. View Institutional Ownership Trends for NorthWestern Corporation.

Who sold NorthWestern Corporation stock? Who is selling NorthWestern Corporation stock?

NorthWestern Corporation's stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Personal Capital Advisors Corp, GW&K Investment Management LLC, Vaughan Nelson Investment Management L.P., First PREMIER Bank, Nisa Investment Advisors LLC, Miller Howard Investments Inc. NY and US Bancorp DE. Company insiders that have sold NorthWestern Corporation stock in the last year include Brian B Bird, Curtis T Pohl, H Grahame Heather, Jan Robert Horsfall, John D Hines, Michael R Cashell, Patrick R Corcoran and Robert C Rowe. View Insider Buying and Selling for NorthWestern Corporation.

Who bought NorthWestern Corporation stock? Who is buying NorthWestern Corporation stock?

NorthWestern Corporation's stock was bought by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Bank of Montreal Can, ING Groep NV, Aperio Group LLC, Russell Investments Group Ltd., Meeder Asset Management Inc., North Star Investment Management Corp., Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund and LS Investment Advisors LLC. View Insider Buying and Selling for NorthWestern Corporation.

How do I buy NorthWestern Corporation stock?

Shares of NorthWestern Corporation can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages include Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Scottrade, Fidelity and Charles Schwab.

What is NorthWestern Corporation's stock price today?

One share of NorthWestern Corporation stock can currently be purchased for approximately $60.27.

MarketBeat Community Rating for NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE NWE)
Community Ranking:  1.4 out of 5 ()
Outperform Votes:  73 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  184 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  257
MarketBeat's community ratings are surveys of what our community members think about NorthWestern Corporation and other stocks. Vote "Outperform" if you believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 over the long term. Vote "Underperform" if you believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 over the long term. You may vote once every thirty days.

Analyst Ratings

Consensus Ratings for NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE) (How are Consensus Ratings Calculated?)
Ratings Breakdown: 1 Sell Rating, 2 Hold Ratings
Consensus Rating:Hold (Score: 1.67)
Consensus Price Target: $61.33 (1.76% upside)

Analysts' Ratings History for NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE)
DateFirmActionRatingPrice TargetImpact on Share PriceDetails
7/24/2017Credit Suisse GroupDowngradeNeutral -> Underperform$62.00 -> $60.00HighView Rating Details
7/5/2017Williams CapitalBoost Price TargetHold$61.00 -> $64.00MediumView Rating Details
10/20/2016MizuhoLower Price TargetNeutral$65.00 -> $60.00N/AView Rating Details
10/21/2015Ladenburg Thalmann Financial ServicesDowngradeBuy -> Neutral$57.00N/AView Rating Details
(Data available from 7/25/2015 forward)


Earnings History for NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE)
Earnings by Quarter for NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE)
Earnings History by Quarter for NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE NWE)
DateQuarterConsensus EstimateActual EPSRevenue EstimateActual RevenueRelease LinkConference CallDetails
7/25/2017Q2 2017$0.62$0.47$302.42 million$283.86 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/26/2017Q1 2017$1.03$1.13$368.51 million$367.30 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
2/16/2017Q416$0.96$0.96$342.08 million$330.59 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/20/2016Q316$0.58$0.68$282.30 million$301.00 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
7/22/2016Q216$0.53$0.65$320.68 million$293.10 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
4/20/2016Q116$1.13$1.01$377.39 million$332.50 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
2/11/2016Q415$0.99$0.98$361.71 million$324.99 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
10/22/2015Q315$0.55$0.51$306.41 million$272.74 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
7/23/2015Q215$0.45$0.48$316.42 million$270.56 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
4/23/2015Q115$1.31$1.18$416.17 million$346.01 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
2/12/2015Q414$0.87$0.89$348.80 million$312.95 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/23/2014Q314$0.43$0.38$269.00 million$251.90 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
7/24/2014Q214$0.37$0.25$273.00 million$270.28 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/24/2014Q114$1.05$1.16$326.00 million$369.70 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
2/19/2014Q413$0.79$0.68$298.70 million$319.09 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/24/2013Q313$0.42$0.40$244.60 million$262.30 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
7/25/2013Q2 2013$0.30$0.35$249.50 million$250.16 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/25/2013Q1 2013$0.94$1.01$319.29 million$313.02 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
2/14/2013Q4 2012$0.76$0.92$287.40 million$280.77 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/24/2012$0.39$0.36ViewN/AView Earnings Details
7/24/2012$0.29$0.31ViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/25/2012$0.83$0.88ViewN/AView Earnings Details
2/16/2012$0.72$0.93ViewN/AView Earnings Details
10/26/2011$0.42$0.41ViewN/AView Earnings Details
7/27/2011$0.31$0.30ViewN/AView Earnings Details
(Data available from 1/1/2011 forward)


Earnings Estimates for NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE)
2017 EPS Consensus Estimate: $3.35
2018 EPS Consensus Estimate: $3.59
QuarterNumber of EstimatesLow EstimateHigh EstimateAverage Estimate
Q1 20172$1.07$1.08$1.08
Q2 20171$0.61$0.61$0.61
Q3 20171$0.63$0.63$0.63
Q4 20171$1.03$1.03$1.03
Q1 20181$1.21$1.21$1.21
Q2 20181$0.67$0.67$0.67
Q3 20181$0.64$0.64$0.64
Q4 20181$1.07$1.07$1.07
Q1 20191$1.27$1.27$1.27
Q2 20191$0.66$0.66$0.66
(Data provided by Zacks Investment Research)


Current Dividend Information for NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE)
Most Recent Dividend:6/30/2017
Annual Dividend:$2.10
Dividend Yield:3.48%
Dividend Growth:9.60% (3 Year Average)
Payout Ratio:55.70% (Trailing 12 Months of Earnings)
61.58% (Based on This Year's Estimates)
59.66% (Based on Next Year's Estimates)
Track Record:8 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth
Dividend Payments by Quarter for NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE)

Dividend History by Quarter for NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE NWE)
AnnouncedPeriodAmountYieldEx-Dividend DateRecord DatePayable Date
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)

Insider Trades

Insider Trading and Institutional Ownership History for NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE)
Insider Ownership Percentage: 1.33%
Institutional Ownership Percentage: 95.40%
Insider Trades by Quarter for NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE)
Institutional Ownership by Quarter for NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE)
Insider Trades by Quarter for NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE)
Transaction DateInsider NameTitleBuy/SellNumber of SharesAverage Share PriceTotal TransactionDetails
6/5/2017Patrick R CorcoranVPSell7,487$62.72$469,584.64View SEC Filing  
5/15/2017Robert C. RoweCEOSell7,252$60.89$441,574.28View SEC Filing  
5/3/2017John D. HinesVPSell3,432$59.83$205,336.56View SEC Filing  
3/10/2017H. Grahame HeatherVPSell3,975$58.31$231,782.25View SEC Filing  
3/8/2017Curtis T. PohlVPSell2,900$58.75$170,375.00View SEC Filing  
3/7/2017Michael R. CashellVPSell4,500$58.27$262,215.00View SEC Filing  
3/6/2017H. Grahame HeatherVPSell1,100$58.63$64,493.00View SEC Filing  
3/3/2017Jan Robert HorsfallDirectorSell1,500$58.42$87,630.00View SEC Filing  
11/28/2016Robert C RoweCEOSell3,011$58.00$174,638.00View SEC Filing  
9/19/2016Robert C RoweCEOSell3,011$58.00$174,638.00View SEC Filing  
8/2/2016Brian B. BirdCFOSell9,320$60.95$568,054.00View SEC Filing  
7/27/2016Curtis T. PohlVPSell2,650$60.48$160,272.00View SEC Filing  
6/9/2016H. Grahame HeatherVPSell3,300$60.55$199,815.00View SEC Filing  
6/7/2016Robert C RoweCEOSell7,000$59.32$415,240.00View SEC Filing  
5/19/2016Denton Louis PeoplesDirectorSell43,436$58.30$2,532,318.80View SEC Filing  
4/26/2016Jan Robert HorsfallDirectorSell3,200$56.38$180,416.00View SEC Filing  
3/14/2016Bobbi L SchroeppelVPSell2,000$59.56$119,120.00View SEC Filing  
3/10/2016Robert C RoweCEOSell4,500$60.71$273,195.00View SEC Filing  
2/16/2016Curtis T. PohlVPSell2,300$57.18$131,514.00View SEC Filing  
5/12/2015Kendall KliewerVPSell1,433$50.74$72,710.42View SEC Filing  
5/5/2015Curtis T PohlVPSell1,000$51.82$51,820.00View SEC Filing  
3/6/2015Curtis T PohlVPSell1,500$51.69$77,535.00View SEC Filing  
3/6/2015Robert C RoweCEOSell4,230$51.68$218,606.40View SEC Filing  
12/10/2014H. Grahame HeatherVPBuy6,800$53.55$364,140.00View SEC Filing  
11/6/2013Brian BirdCFOSell11,000$46.14$507,540.00View SEC Filing  
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)


Headline Trends for NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE)
Latest Headlines for NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE)
DateHeadline logoNorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE) Announces Quarterly Earnings Results - July 25 at 10:12 PM logoNorthWestern Corporation (NWE) Releases FY17 Earnings Guidance - July 25 at 9:48 PM logoNorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE) Expected to Post Q1 2019 Earnings of $1.27 Per Share - July 25 at 4:40 PM logoCritical Contrast: Consolidated Edison (ED) and NorthWestern Corporation (NWE) - July 24 at 11:26 AM logoNorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE) Cut to "Underperform" at Credit Suisse Group - July 24 at 11:03 AM logoNorthWestern Corp. breached its 50 day moving average in a Bullish Manner : NWE-US : July 24, 2017 - July 24 at 9:00 AM logo Brokerages Anticipate NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE) Will Announce Earnings of $0.63 Per Share - July 21 at 12:04 AM logoNorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE) Lowered to Sell at BidaskClub - July 8 at 5:22 PM logoNorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE) Upgraded to "Buy" by Zacks Investment Research - July 8 at 9:10 AM logoWilliams Capital Weighs in on NorthWestern Corporation's FY2017 Earnings (NYSE:NWE) - July 7 at 10:38 AM logoNorthWestern to Host Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results Conference Call and Webcast - July 6 at 7:36 AM logoNorthWestern Corporation (NWE) to Post Q2 2017 Earnings of $0.61 Per Share, Williams Capital Forecasts - July 6 at 7:18 AM logoWilliams Capital Raises NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE) Price Target to $64.00 - July 5 at 9:38 AM logoNorthWestern Corp. – Value Analysis (NYSE:NWE) : July 3, 2017 - July 4 at 2:27 AM logoZacks Investment Research Downgrades NorthWestern Corporation (NWE) to Hold - July 2 at 7:28 AM logoNorthWestern Corporation (NWE) Downgraded by BidaskClub to Hold - July 1 at 4:30 PM logoNorthWestern Corp. breached its 50 day moving average in a Bearish Manner : NWE-US : June 30, 2017 - July 1 at 5:50 AM logoZacks: Analysts Anticipate NorthWestern Corporation (NWE) to Announce $0.64 Earnings Per Share - June 26 at 8:34 PM logoNorthWestern Corporation (NWE) Upgraded to "Buy" by Zacks Investment Research - June 25 at 8:16 AM logoNorthWestern Honored for Gender Diversity on its Board of Directors - June 23 at 8:40 AM logoNorthWestern Corporation (NWE) Cut to "Hold" at Zacks Investment Research - June 21 at 7:26 AM logoContrasting NorthWestern Corporation (NWE) & Westar Energy (WR) - June 18 at 4:10 PM logoNorthWestern Corporation (NWE) Rating Increased to Buy at BidaskClub - June 17 at 4:48 PM logoHead to Head Contrast: NorthWestern Corporation (NWE) vs. Sempra Energy (SRE) - June 16 at 10:48 PM logoNorthWestern Corp. : NWE-US: Dividend Analysis : June 15th, 2017 (record date) : By the numbers : June 15, 2017 - June 16 at 8:22 AM logoNorthWestern Energy and Intervenors Reach Settlement on Montana Natural Gas Rate Request - June 13 at 9:47 AM logoNorthWestern Corporation (NWE) versus Westar Energy (WR) Head-To-Head Comparison - June 12 at 8:40 AM logoNorthWestern Corp (NWE) Upgraded to Buy at Zacks Investment Research - June 10 at 1:08 PM logoNorthWestern Corp (NWE) Cut to Hold at Zacks Investment Research - June 9 at 12:20 AM logoInsider Selling: NorthWestern Corp (NWE) VP Sells 7,487 Shares of Stock - June 8 at 1:14 PM logoDuke's Investments Impress, Stringent Regulations a Woe - June 3 at 6:29 PM logo Brokerages Anticipate NorthWestern Corp (NWE) Will Post Earnings of $0.64 Per Share - May 31 at 6:04 PM logoNorthWestern Corp (NWE) Raised to Buy at Zacks Investment Research - May 30 at 8:12 AM logoNorthWestern Corp (NWE) Stock Rating Upgraded by Zacks Investment Research - May 28 at 7:26 AM logoNorthWestern Corp (NWE) Stock Rating Lowered by Zacks Investment Research - May 26 at 7:14 PM logoNorthWestern Energy Seeks Montana Community Renewable Energy Projects - May 17 at 6:54 PM logoNorthWestern Corp (NWE) CEO Robert C. Rowe Sells 7,252 Shares - May 15 at 4:23 PM logoNorthWestern Corp (NWE) VP John D. Hines Sells 3,432 Shares of Stock - May 6 at 12:49 AM logoNorthWestern Corp (NWE) Earns Daily News Impact Score of 0.19 - May 5 at 10:34 PM logoZacks: Brokerages Anticipate NorthWestern Corp (NWE) Will Announce Earnings of $0.64 Per Share - May 5 at 6:10 PM logoInsider Selling: NorthWestern Corp (NWE) VP Sells 3,432 Shares of Stock - May 4 at 3:20 PM logoETFs with exposure to NorthWestern Corp. : May 1, 2017 - May 1 at 5:52 PM logoNWE's Strong Dividend History Helps it Reach 'Top Dividend Stock of the Dow Utilities' - May 1 at 12:09 PM logoBrokers Issue Forecasts for NorthWestern Corp's FY2017 Earnings (NWE) - May 1 at 9:46 AM logoNorthWestern Corp (NWE) Price Target Raised to $61.00 at Williams Capital - April 29 at 6:14 PM logoNorthWestern Corp (NWE) Issues Quarterly Earnings Results, Beats Estimates By $0.10 EPS - April 29 at 1:21 AM logoNorthWestern's (NWE) CEO Bob Rowe on Q1 2017 Results - Earnings Call Transcript - April 29 at 12:56 AM logoNorthWestern Corp (NWE) Issues Earnings Results - April 29 at 12:35 AM logoNorthWestern Corp (NWE) Announces Quarterly Earnings Results - April 29 at 12:10 AM logoNorthWestern Corp (NWE) Issues Quarterly Earnings Results - April 28 at 11:12 PM



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