NorthWestern (NYSE:NWE – Get Free Report) is one of 28 publicly-traded companies in the “Electric & other services combined” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare NorthWestern to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation, risk and analyst recommendations.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
96.1% of NorthWestern shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 70.3% of shares of all “Electric & other services combined” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.9% of NorthWestern shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.8% of shares of all “Electric & other services combined” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares NorthWestern and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for NorthWestern and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
NorthWestern presently has a consensus price target of $55.38, indicating a potential upside of 6.74%. As a group, “Electric & other services combined” companies have a potential upside of 11.12%. Given NorthWestern’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe NorthWestern has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.
Risk & Volatility
NorthWestern has a beta of 0.45, meaning that its share price is 55% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, NorthWestern’s competitors have a beta of 0.57, meaning that their average share price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares NorthWestern and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Net Income||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|NorthWestern||$1.48 billion||$183.01 million||17.29|
|NorthWestern Competitors||$11.11 billion||$731.87 million||12.55|
NorthWestern’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than NorthWestern. NorthWestern is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.
NorthWestern competitors beat NorthWestern on 10 of the 15 factors compared.
NorthWestern Corporation, doing business as NorthWestern Energy, provides electricity and natural gas to residential, commercial, and various industrial customers. The company operates through three segments: Electric Utility Operations; Natural Gas Utility Operations; and Other. 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 6,597 miles of electric transmission and 18,534 miles of electric distribution lines with approximately 121 transmission and distribution substations; and 2,235 miles of natural gas transmission and 5,099 miles of natural gas distribution lines with approximately 135 city gate stations in Montana. It also operates 1,308 miles of electric transmission and 2,342 miles of electric distribution lines in South Dakota with approximately 121 transmission and distribution substations; and 55 miles of natural gas transmission and 2,545 miles of natural gas distribution lines in South Dakota and Nebraska. The company serves approximately 764,200 customers in Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Yellowstone National Park. NorthWestern Corporation was incorporated in 1923 and is based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
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