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How to buy Northwest Natural Gas stock

Learn how to easily invest in Northwest Natural Gas stock.

Northwest Natural Gas Co is an utilities-regulated gas business based in the US. Northwest Natural Gas shares (NWN) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Northwest Natural Gas employs 1,237 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $940.8 million.

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Northwest Natural Gas stock price (NYSE: NWN)

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Northwest Natural Gas shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-09-19.
Latest market close$46.89
52-week range$41.83 - $56.55
50-day moving average $51.36
200-day moving average $50.63
Wall St. target price$55.86
PE ratio 19.8838
Dividend yield $1.927 (4.03%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $2.41

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Is it a good time to buy Northwest Natural Gas stock?

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Northwest Natural Gas price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $46.89 from 2022-09-23

1 week (2022-09-16) -2.15%
1 month (2022-08-26) -6.01%
3 months (2022-06-24) -10.50%
6 months (2022-03-25) -14.82%
1 year (2021-09-24) 1.36%
2 years (2020-09-25) 5.80%
3 years (2019-09-26) 71.32
5 years (2017-09-25) 65.35

Is Northwest Natural Gas stock undervalued or overvalued?

Valuing Northwest Natural Gas stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Northwest Natural Gas's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Northwest Natural Gas's P/E ratio

Northwest Natural Gas's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 20x. In other words, Northwest Natural Gas shares trade at around 20x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Northwest Natural Gas's PEG ratio

Northwest Natural Gas's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.5365. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Northwest Natural Gas's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Northwest Natural Gas's EBITDA

Northwest Natural Gas's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $283.7 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Northwest Natural Gas's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Northwest Natural Gas financials

Revenue TTM $940.8 million
Operating margin TTM 15.84%
Gross profit TTM $363.9 million
Return on assets TTM 2.36%
Return on equity TTM 7.55%
Profit margin 8.27%
Book value $32.77
Market capitalisation $1.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Northwest Natural Gas share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 77.51% of net profits

Recently Northwest Natural Gas has paid out, on average, around 77.51% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.03% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Northwest Natural Gas shareholders could enjoy a 4.03% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Northwest Natural Gas's case, that would currently equate to about $1.927 per share.

Northwest Natural Gas's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

Northwest Natural Gas's most recent dividend payout was on 14 August 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 27 July 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Northwest Natural Gas's shares ever split?

Northwest Natural Gas's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 8 September 1996. So if you had owned 2 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Northwest Natural Gas shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Northwest Natural Gas shares which in turn could have impacted Northwest Natural Gas's share price.

Northwest Natural Gas share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Northwest Natural Gas's shares have ranged in value from as little as $41.8292 up to $56.5464. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Northwest Natural Gas's is 0.4722. This would suggest that Northwest Natural Gas's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Northwest Natural Gas overview

Northwest Natural Holding Company, through its subsidiary, Northwest Natural Gas Company, provides regulated natural gas distribution services to residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation customers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. The company also operates 5. 7 billion cubic feet of the Mist gas storage facility contracted to other utilities and third-party marketers; offers natural gas asset management services; and operates an appliance retail center. In addition, it engages in the gas storage, water, non-regulated renewable natural gas, and other investments and activities. The company provides natural gas service through approximately 786,000 meters in Oregon and southwest Washington; and water services to a total of approximately 80,000 people through approximately 33,000 water and wastewater connections in the Pacific Northwest and Texas. Northwest Natural Holding Company was founded in 1859 and is headquartered in Portland, Oregon. .

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Northwest Natural Gas is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.847% of Northwest Natural Gas shares are held by insiders and 77.193% by institutions.
How many people work for Northwest Natural Gas?
Latest data suggests 1,237 work at Northwest Natural Gas.
When does the fiscal year end for Northwest Natural Gas?
Northwest Natural Gas's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is Northwest Natural Gas based?
Northwest Natural Gas's address is: 250 S.W. Taylor Street, Portland, OR, United States, 97204
What is Northwest Natural Gas's ISIN number?
Northwest Natural Gas's international securities identification number is: US66765N1054
What is Northwest Natural Gas's CUSIP number?
Northwest Natural Gas's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 667655104

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