NorthWestern Co. Expected to Earn FY2026 Earnings of $4.01 Per Share (NASDAQ:NWE)

NorthWestern Co. (NASDAQ:NWEGet Rating) – Stock analysts at KeyCorp raised their FY2026 earnings per share estimates for NorthWestern in a research report issued to clients and investors on Tuesday, January 17th. KeyCorp analyst S. Karp now anticipates that the company will post earnings per share of $4.01 for the year, up from their previous estimate of $3.99. KeyCorp currently has a “Overweight” rating and a $59.00 price target on the stock. The consensus estimate for NorthWestern’s current full-year earnings is $3.28 per share.

Several other equities analysts have also recently weighed in on the company. Guggenheim cut their price target on NorthWestern from $58.00 to $48.00 in a report on Monday, October 24th. Bank of America raised NorthWestern from an “underperform” rating to a “buy” rating and lowered their price objective for the company from $58.00 to $56.00 in a research note on Thursday, September 29th. Mizuho raised their price objective on NorthWestern from $56.00 to $57.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Monday, December 19th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. initiated coverage on NorthWestern in a research note on Tuesday, November 1st. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $55.00 price objective for the company. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company raised their price objective on NorthWestern to $57.00 in a research note on Wednesday, December 14th. Six analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. According to MarketBeat, NorthWestern presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $57.56.

NorthWestern Stock Performance

NASDAQ NWE opened at $55.66 on Thursday. The stock has a market capitalization of $3.22 billion, a PE ratio of 18.25, a P/E/G ratio of 9.61 and a beta of 0.43. The business has a 50 day simple moving average of $57.50 and a two-hundred day simple moving average of $54.59. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.95, a current ratio of 0.76 and a quick ratio of 0.56. NorthWestern has a 1-year low of $48.68 and a 1-year high of $63.06.

NorthWestern (NASDAQ:NWEGet Rating) last released its quarterly earnings results on Monday, October 24th. The company reported $0.42 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.58 by ($0.16). The firm had revenue of $335.10 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $300.40 million. NorthWestern had a net margin of 11.97% and a return on equity of 6.98%.

Institutional Investors Weigh In On NorthWestern

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Bank of Montreal Can increased its holdings in shares of NorthWestern by 6.2% in the 1st quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 26,264 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,577,000 after acquiring an additional 1,527 shares during the period. Rhumbline Advisers increased its holdings in shares of NorthWestern by 1.7% in the 1st quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 165,505 shares of the company’s stock valued at $10,011,000 after acquiring an additional 2,746 shares during the period. BlackRock Inc. increased its holdings in shares of NorthWestern by 0.8% in the 1st quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 8,852,795 shares of the company’s stock valued at $535,506,000 after acquiring an additional 74,439 shares during the period. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can increased its holdings in shares of NorthWestern by 17.2% in the 1st quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 64,308 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,067,000 after acquiring an additional 9,425 shares during the period. Finally, Yousif Capital Management LLC increased its holdings in shares of NorthWestern by 3.8% in the 1st quarter. Yousif Capital Management LLC now owns 28,518 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,725,000 after acquiring an additional 1,031 shares during the period. 96.60% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Insider Buying and Selling

In related news, COO Brian B. Bird sold 6,800 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $52.51, for a total transaction of $357,068.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief operating officer now directly owns 108,462 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $5,695,339.62. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. In other NorthWestern news, VP Michael R. Cashell sold 1,702 shares of NorthWestern stock in a transaction on Friday, October 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $53.19, for a total transaction of $90,529.38. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 15,812 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $841,040.28. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, COO Brian B. Bird sold 6,800 shares of NorthWestern stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $52.51, for a total value of $357,068.00. Following the sale, the chief operating officer now directly owns 108,462 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,695,339.62. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.17% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

NorthWestern Announces Dividend

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 30th. Investors of record on Thursday, December 15th were paid a dividend of $0.63 per share. This represents a $2.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.53%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, December 14th. NorthWestern’s dividend payout ratio is currently 82.62%.

About NorthWestern

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NorthWestern Corporation, doing business as NorthWestern Energy, provides electricity and natural gas to residential, commercial, and various 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.

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