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Northwest Natural Gas Co. (NWN) Dividend Stock Analysis

 March 07, 2012 10:37 AM

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of Northwest Natural Gas Co. (NWN). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: Northwest Natural Gas Co. is a natural gas utility that provides service to some 611,000 residential, 62,000 commercial and 1,000 industrial customers in Oregon and southwestern Washington.

Fair Value: In calculating fair value, I consider the NPV MMA Differential Fair Value along with these four calculations of fair value, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:

1. Avg. High Yield Price
2. 20-Year DCF Price
3. Avg. P/E Price
4. Graham Number

NWN is trading at a premium to all four valuations above. The stock is trading at a slight discount to its calculated fair value of $46.87. NWN earned a Star in this section since it is trading at a fair value.

Dividend Analytical Data: In this section there are three possible Stars and three key metrics, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:

1. Free Cash Flow Payout
2. Debt To Total Capital
3. Key Metrics
4. Dividend Growth Rate
5. Years of Div. Growth
6. Rolling 4-yr Div. > 15%

NWN earned one Star in this section for 3.) above. NWN earned a Star for having an acceptable score in at least two of the four Key Metrics measured. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1952 and has increased its dividend payments for 56 consecutive years.

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