Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, natural gas distributor Northwest Natural Gas
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at NW Natural's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
NW Natural facts
|Headquarters (Founded)||Portland, Ore. (1910)|
|Market Cap||$1.23 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$848.7 million|
CEO Gregg Kantor (since 2008)
CFO David Anderson (since 2004)
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||10.6%|
|Cash/Debt||$3.5 million / $788.1 million|
Portland General Electric
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
Just yesterday, robertshrestha tapped NW Natural as a solid income opportunity: "Juicy dividend yield, has grown that divvy for an awesome 55 straight years, above-average customer growth. What's not to like?!"
In fact, NW Natural has grown its dividend at a solid rate of 5.2% over the past three years. That's faster than rival Portland General Electric (1%), as well as industry peers like AGL Resources
CAPS member eksummers620 elaborates on the bull case:
Here's a regional gas storage and distribution company that's been in business for over 150 years. "Storage and distribution" means they own tanks and pipelines and serve retail customers -- they aren't doing exploration or drilling, but are instead buying gas wholesale and selling it retail. That in turn means that their cash flow isn't at the mercy of global price fluctuations, and that makes it likely that they can keep paying -- and hopefully increasing -- those dividends.
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