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The electricity company is scheduled to report fourth-quarter earnings on Feb. 22. Analysts, on average, expect earnings of 21 cents a share on $222 million in revenue.
"The IDA Board recently endorsed a long-term target dividend payout ratio of 50-60%," Ladenburg Thalman analysts wrote in a Jan. 13 report. "Based on our 2012 estimated EPS, achieving the low-end of the target would represent a +25% increase in the dividend to $1.50 p/s from $1.20. In our opinion, it is likely that IDA will reach the 50% payout target in at least two steps. We expect a double digit increase (+12.5%) this month to an annualized dividend of $1.35 p/s implying a 3.2% yield."
Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 3.1%
Rated "A+ (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's third-quarter gross profit margin decreased from the previous year.
IdaCorp has very weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.46, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs.
In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 9.2% from the prior year.
TheStreet Ratings' price target is
$49.26. The stock closed Tuesday at $42.15.
-- Written by Alexandra Zendrian
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