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
  • Sub-Industry: Multi-Utilities
  • Symbol: NYSE:NWE
  • CUSIP: 66807430
  • Web:
  • Market Cap: $2.84188 billion
  • Outstanding Shares: 48,471,000
Average Prices:
  • 50 Day Moving Avg: $58.59
  • 200 Day Moving Avg: $60.11
  • 52 Week Range: $54.07 - $63.86
  • Trailing P/E Ratio: 17.02
  • Foreward P/E Ratio: 17.07
  • P/E Growth: 5.67
Sales & Book Value:
  • Annual Revenue: $1.28 billion
  • Price / Sales: 2.22
  • Book Value: $35.25 per share
  • Price / Book: 1.67
  • Annual Dividend: $2.10
  • Dividend Yield: 3.6%
  • EBITDA: $411.62 million
  • Net Margins: 13.17%
  • Return on Equity: 9.31%
  • Return on Assets: 2.86%
  • Debt-to-Equity Ratio: 1.06%
  • Current Ratio: 0.43%
  • Quick Ratio: 0.34%
  • Average Volume: 382,922 shs.
  • Beta: 0.36
  • 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 declared a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, July 26th. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 15th will be given a dividend of $0.525 per share on Friday, September 29th. This represents a $2.10 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.58%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 14th. View NorthWestern Corporation's Dividend History.

How were NorthWestern Corporation's earnings last quarter?

NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE) posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July, 25th. The company reported $0.47 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks' consensus estimate of $0.62 by $0.15. The business earned $283.86 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $302.42 million. NorthWestern Corporation had a return on equity of 9.31% and a net margin of 13.17%. The company's revenue for the quarter was down 3.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.65 earnings per share. View NorthWestern Corporation's Earnings History.

When will NorthWestern Corporation make its next earnings announcement?

NorthWestern Corporation is scheduled to release their next quarterly earnings announcement on Wednesday, November, 1st 2017. View Earnings Estimates for NorthWestern Corporation.

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

NorthWestern Corporation issued an update on 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 brokerages have issued 1 year price targets for NorthWestern Corporation's stock. Their forecasts range from $52.00 to $60.00. On average, they anticipate NorthWestern Corporation's share price to reach $57.33 in the next year. 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

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 $58.71.

MarketBeat Community Rating for NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE NWE)
Community Ranking:  1.7 out of 5 (star)
Outperform Votes:  104 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  211 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  315
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: 2 Sell Ratings, 1 Hold Rating
Consensus Rating:Sell (Score: 1.33)
Consensus Price Target: $57.33 (2.34% downside)
Consensus Price Target History for NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE)
Price Target History for NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE)
Analysts' Ratings History for NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE)
DateFirmActionRatingPrice TargetImpact on Share PriceDetails
7/31/2017Williams CapitalDowngradeHold -> Sell$64.00 -> $52.00HighView Rating Details
7/24/2017Credit Suisse GroupDowngradeNeutral -> Underperform$62.00 -> $60.00HighView 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 10/19/2015 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
11/1/2017$0.76N/AView Earnings Details
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: $3.49
2018 EPS Consensus Estimate: $3.43
QuarterNumber of EstimatesLow EstimateHigh EstimateAverage Estimate
Q1 20172$1.07$1.08$1.08
Q2 20172$0.61$0.63$0.62
Q3 20171$0.75$0.75$0.75
Q4 20171$1.04$1.04$1.04
Q1 20181$1.16$1.16$1.16
Q2 20181$0.48$0.48$0.48
Q3 20181$0.74$0.74$0.74
Q4 20181$1.05$1.05$1.05
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:9/29/2017
Annual Dividend:$2.10
Dividend Yield:3.58%
Dividend Growth:9.60% (3 Year Average)
Payout Ratio:60.34% (Trailing 12 Months of Earnings)
61.76% (Based on This Year's Estimates)
61.05% (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: 98.33%
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
9/1/2017Robert C. RoweCEOSell3,626$60.43$219,119.18View SEC Filing  
8/24/2017Jan Robert HorsfallDirectorSell245$60.49$14,820.05View SEC Filing  
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 logoBullish Two Hundred Day Moving Average Cross - NWE - October 18 at 7:48 AM logoNorthWestern Corporation (NWE) vs. Calpine Corporation (CPN) Critical Survey - October 9 at 2:26 AM logoNorthWestern to Host Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results Conference Call and Webcast - October 5 at 11:07 PM logoNorthWestern Corp. : NWE-US: Dividend Analysis : September 15th, 2017 (record date) : By the numbers : October 4, 2017 - October 5 at 1:00 PM logoHead-To-Head Analysis: NorthWestern Corporation (NWE) & MGE Energy (MGEE) - October 2 at 8:50 AM logoNorthWestern Corporation (NWE) vs. The Competition Head-To-Head Contrast - September 29 at 4:32 AM logo Brokerages Expect NorthWestern Corporation (NWE) Will Post Earnings of $0.75 Per Share - September 16 at 4:22 AM logoNorthWestern Corporation (NWE) and The Competition Head to Head Comparison - September 11 at 2:18 PM logoNorthWestern Corp. breached its 50 day moving average in a Bearish Manner : NWE-US : September 8, 2017 - September 9 at 6:53 AM logoNorthWestern Corp. breached its 50 day moving average in a Bearish Manner : NWE-US : September 8, 2017 - September 9 at 6:53 AM logoNorthWestern Establishes $100 Million At-The-Market Equity Offering Program - September 7 at 7:04 AM logoNorthWestern announces $100M at-the-market equity offering - September 6 at 9:17 PM logoVistra Energy Corp. (VST) and NorthWestern Corporation (NWE) Head-To-Head Review - September 5 at 10:20 PM logoNorthWestern Corporation (NWE) CEO Robert C. Rowe Sells 3,626 Shares - September 5 at 1:17 PM logoNorthWestern Corp. – Value Analysis (NYSE:NWE) : September 1, 2017 - September 1 at 6:34 AM logoNorthWestern Corp. breached its 50 day moving average in a Bullish Manner : NWE-US : August 28, 2017 - August 29 at 6:14 AM logoInsider Selling: NorthWestern Corporation (NWE) Director Sells 245 Shares of Stock - August 25 at 8:54 PM logoNorthWestern Corp. breached its 50 day moving average in a Bullish Manner : NWE-US : August 9, 2017 - August 10 at 6:20 AM logoETFs with exposure to NorthWestern Corp. : August 8, 2017 - August 9 at 5:42 AM logoFinancial Survey: OGE Energy Corporation (OGE) & NorthWestern Corporation (NWE) - August 5 at 10:38 PM logoNorthWestern Corporation (NWE) to Post Q3 2018 Earnings of $0.74 Per Share, Williams Capital Forecasts - August 4 at 5:22 PM logoNorthWestern Corporation to Post Q1 2018 Earnings of $1.16 Per Share, Williams Capital Forecasts (NWE) - August 3 at 2:06 PM logoNorthWestern Corporation to Post Q1 2018 Earnings of $1.18 Per Share, Williams Capital Forecasts (NWE) - July 31 at 8:45 AM logoQ3 2017 Earnings Forecast for NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE) Issued By Williams Capital - July 28 at 11:00 AM logoNorthWestern Corp. :NWE-US: Earnings Analysis: Q2, 2017 By the Numbers : July 27, 2017 - July 28 at 6:20 AM logoEdited Transcript of NWE earnings conference call or presentation 26-Jul-17 7:30pm GMT - July 27 at 5:49 AM logoEquities Analysts Offer Predictions for NorthWestern Corporation's FY2019 Earnings (NWE) - July 26 at 4:36 PM logoNorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE) Declares Quarterly Dividend of $0.53 - July 26 at 3:45 PM logoQ2 2017 EPS Estimates for NorthWestern Corporation Increased by Analyst (NWE) - July 26 at 8:38 AM logoNorthWestern Reports Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results - July 26 at 5:53 AM logoNorthWestern misses 2Q profit forecasts - July 26 at 5:53 AM 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 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 logoNorthWestern Corp. breached its 50 day moving average in a Bearish Manner : NWE-US : June 30, 2017 - July 1 at 5:50 AM logoDuke's Investments Impress, Stringent Regulations a Woe - June 3 at 6:29 PM logoNWE's Strong Dividend History Helps it Reach 'Top Dividend Stock of the Dow Utilities' - May 1 at 12:09 PM logoNorthWestern's (NWE) CEO Bob Rowe on Q1 2017 Results - Earnings Call Transcript - April 29 at 12:56 AM logoNorthWestern beats by $0.16, beats on revenue - April 26 at 6:28 PM logoNorthWestern declares $0.525 dividend - April 26 at 6:28 PM logoRPT-Decades-old green power law is a fresh nuisance to U.S. utilities - March 29 at 7:36 PM



NorthWestern Corporation (NWE) Chart for Thursday, October, 19, 2017

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