Reviewing NRG Energy Inc. (NRG)’s and NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE)’s results – Port Courier

This is therefore a comparing of the risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, earnings and valuation in NRG Energy Inc. (NYSE:NRG) and NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE:NWE). The two are both Diversified Utilities companies that compete with one another.

Valuation and Earnings

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NRG Energy Inc. 11.18B 1.10 943.00M 3.10 13.11
NorthWestern Corporation 1.23B 2.66 178.36M 3.92 16.41

Table 1 showcases the gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation of NRG Energy Inc. and NorthWestern Corporation. NorthWestern Corporation is observed to has lower revenue, but higher earnings than NRG Energy Inc. The company that is more affordable between the two has a lower price-to-earnings ratio. NRG Energy Inc. is currently more affordable than NorthWestern Corporation, because it’s trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio.


Table 2 shows NRG Energy Inc. and NorthWestern Corporation’s net margins, return on assets and return on equity.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NRG Energy Inc. -8.43% -125.5% 2.7%
NorthWestern Corporation 14.50% 9.6% 3.3%

Risk and Volatility

NRG Energy Inc. has a 0.99 beta, while its volatility is 1.00% which is less volatile than S&P 500. In other hand, NorthWestern Corporation has beta of 0.15 which is 85.00% less volatile than S&P 500.


The current Quick Ratio of NRG Energy Inc. is 1.4 while its Current Ratio is 1.6. Meanwhile, NorthWestern Corporation has a Current Ratio of 0.7 while its Quick Ratio is 0.6. NRG Energy Inc. is better positioned to pay off its short-term and long-term debts than NorthWestern Corporation.


The annual dividend that NRG Energy Inc. pay is $0.12 per share with a dividend yield of 0.29%. Meanwhile, NorthWestern Corporation’s annual dividend is $2.17 per share and it also boasts of a 3.35% dividend yield.

Analyst Recommendations

In next table is delivered NRG Energy Inc. and NorthWestern Corporation’s ratings and recommendations.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Rating Score
NRG Energy Inc. 0 2 3 2.60
NorthWestern Corporation 1 2 1 2.25

NRG Energy Inc. has a consensus target price of $41.5, and a -1.78% downside potential. Competitively the average target price of NorthWestern Corporation is $61.5, which is potential -5.36% downside. The data provided earlier shows that NRG Energy Inc. appears more favorable than NorthWestern Corporation, based on analyst view.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

Institutional investors held 98.8% of NRG Energy Inc. shares and 99.3% of NorthWestern Corporation shares. Insiders held roughly 0.5% of NRG Energy Inc.’s shares. Competitively, NorthWestern Corporation has 0.4% of it’s share held by insiders.


In this table we provide the Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly, Yearly and YTD Performance of both pretenders.

Performance (W) Performance (M) Performance (Q) Performance (HY) Performance (Y) Performance (YTD)
NRG Energy Inc. 5.62% 5.7% 15.12% 24.28% 46.38% 42.52%
NorthWestern Corporation 0.55% 5.37% 6.33% 24.05% 1.89% 7.72%

For the past year NRG Energy Inc. was more bullish than NorthWestern Corporation.


NorthWestern Corporation beats on 12 of the 17 factors NRG Energy Inc.

NRG Energy, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated power company. The company provides electricity to residential, commercial, and industrial consumers; system power, distributed generation, solar and wind products, backup generation, storage and distributed solar, demand response, energy efficiency, and on-site energy solutions; carbon management and specialty services; and various energy services, such as operations, maintenance, technical, development, and asset management services. It owns and operates approximately 47,000 megawatts of generation. The company also offers retail energy, portable solar, and battery products home services; and various bundled products, which combine energy with protection products, energy efficiency, and renewable energy solutions, as well as other distributed and reliability products. It serves approximately 2.8 million mass recurring customers. In addition, the company owns, operates, and develops solar and wind power projects; develops, constructs, and finances a range of solutions for utilities, schools, municipalities, and commercial markets; provides residential solar and electric vehicle services; and trades in electric power, natural gas, and related commodity and financial products, including forwards, futures, options, and swaps, as well as oil and weather products. As of December 31, 2016, it operated 85 fossil fuel and nuclear plants. Further, the company transacts and trades in fuel and transportation services; directly sells energy, services, and products and services to retail customers under the NRG, Reliant, and other names; and provides steam, hot water, and chilled water, as well as electricity to commercial businesses, universities, hospitals, and governmental units. NRG Energy, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey.

NorthWestern Corporation, doing business as NorthWestern Energy, provides electricity and natural gas to residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska, the United States. It operates through Electric Operations and Natural Gas Operations segments. The company generates, transmits, and distributes electricity; and produces, stores, transmits, and distributes natural gas, as well as has municipal franchises to purchase, transport, and distribute natural gas. It serves approximately 709,600 customers. The company was founded in 1923 and is based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


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