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How to buy NorthWestern Corporation stock | $56.83

Learn how to easily invest in NorthWestern Corporation stock.

NorthWestern Corporation is an utilities-diversified business based in the US. NorthWestern Corporation shares (NWE) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. NorthWestern Corporation employs 1,530 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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NorthWestern Corporation stock price (NASDAQ: NWE)

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NorthWestern Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-10-23.
Latest market close$56.83
52-week range$48.74 - $69.43
50-day moving average $59.62
200-day moving average $62.94
Wall St. target price$68.29
PE ratio 15.8969
Dividend yield $2.44 (4.29%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $3.59

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NorthWestern Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $56.83 from 2021-10-26

1 week (2021-10-20) -1.83%
1 month (2021-09-27) -3.65%
3 months (2021-07-27) -9.39%
6 months (2021-04-27) -14.26%
1 year (2020-10-27) 1.65%
2 years (2019-10-25) -22.88%
3 years (2018-10-26) 57.96
5 years (2016-10-27) 0.92%

Is NorthWestern Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

NorthWestern Corporation's P/E ratio

NorthWestern Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 16x. In other words, NorthWestern Corporation shares trade at around 16x 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.

NorthWestern Corporation's PEG ratio

NorthWestern Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 6.74. 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 NorthWestern Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

NorthWestern Corporation's EBITDA

NorthWestern Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $440.6 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a NorthWestern Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

NorthWestern Corporation financials

Revenue TTM $1.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 19.89%
Gross profit TTM $892.5 million
Return on assets TTM 2.56%
Return on equity TTM 8.67%
Profit margin 14.18%
Book value $42.23
Market capitalisation $2.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting NorthWestern Corporation shares

There are currently 978,556 NorthWestern Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as NorthWestern Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 44.8% up from 675,810 last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting NorthWestern Corporation shares can be evaluated.

NorthWestern Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

NorthWestern Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of NorthWestern Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of NorthWestern Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 315663.22580645). NorthWestern Corporation's SIR currently stands at 3.1. In other words for every 100,000 NorthWestern Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3100 shares are currently held short.

However NorthWestern Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of NorthWestern Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable NorthWestern Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case NorthWestern Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 NorthWestern Corporation shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.025% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable NorthWestern Corporation shares, roughly 25 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against NorthWestern Corporation.

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NorthWestern Corporation share dividends

66%

Dividend payout ratio: 66.49% of net profits

Recently NorthWestern Corporation has paid out, on average, around 66.49% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.36% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), NorthWestern Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 4.36% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In NorthWestern Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $2.44 per share.

NorthWestern Corporation'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.

NorthWestern Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 29 September 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 13 September 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have NorthWestern Corporation's shares ever split?

NorthWestern Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 27 May 1997. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your NorthWestern Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for NorthWestern Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted NorthWestern Corporation's share price.

NorthWestern Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, NorthWestern Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $48.7442 up to $69.4327. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

NWE.US volatility(beta: 0.5)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while NorthWestern Corporation's is 0.5026. This would suggest that NorthWestern Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

NorthWestern Corporation overview

NorthWestern Corporation, doing business as NorthWestern Energy, provides electricity and natural gas to residential, commercial, and industrial customers. The company operates through Electric and Natural Gas segments. It generates, purchases, transmits, and distributes electricity; and produces, purchases, stores, transmits, and distributes natural gas, as well as owns municipal franchises to provide natural gas service in the communities. The company operates 6,809 miles of electric transmission and 18,068 miles of electric distribution lines; and 2,165 Miles of natural gas transmission and 4,892 miles of natural gas distribution lines in Montana. It also operates 1,308 Miles of electric transmission and 2,314 electric distribution lines in South Dakota; and 55 miles of natural gas transmission and 2,524 miles of natural gas distribution lines in South Dakota and Nebraska. It serves approximately 734,000 customers in Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Yellowstone National Park. NorthWestern Corporation was incorporated in 1923 and is based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of NorthWestern Corporation is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 1.363% of NorthWestern Corporation shares are held by insiders and 94.153% by institutions.
How many people work for NorthWestern Corporation?
Latest data suggests 1,530 work at NorthWestern Corporation.
When does the fiscal year end for NorthWestern Corporation?
NorthWestern Corporation's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is NorthWestern Corporation based?
NorthWestern Corporation's address is: 3010 West 69th Street, Sioux Falls, SD, United States, 57108
What is NorthWestern Corporation's ISIN number?
NorthWestern Corporation's international securities identification number is: US6680743050
What is NorthWestern Corporation's CUSIP number?
NorthWestern Corporation's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 668074115

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