BLACK HILLS CORP's gross profit margin for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2014 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. Even though sales increased, the net income has decreased. BLACK HILLS CORP has very weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.18 which clearly shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity decreased from the same period a year ago, despite already having very weak liquidity to begin with. This would indicate deteriorating cash flow.
At the same time, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has remained virtually unchanged only increasing by 4.57% from the same quarter last year. The key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is in a position in which financial difficulties could develop in the near future.
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|Income Statement||Q2 FY14||Q2 FY13|
|Net Sales ($mil)||283.24||279.83|
|Net Income ($mil)||19.82||30.52|
|Balance Sheet||Q2 FY14||Q2 FY13|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||14.7||37.91|
|Total Assets ($mil)||3970.5||3746.51|
|Total Debt ($mil)||1529.65||1314.07|
|Profitability||Q2 FY14||Q2 FY13|
|Gross Profit Margin||29.41||30.09|
|Return on Assets||2.74||3.7|
|Return on Equity||8.2||10.85|
|Debt||Q2 FY14||Q2 FY13|
|Share Data||Q2 FY14||Q2 FY13|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||44.64||44.47|
|Div / share||0.39||0.38|
|Book value / share||30.05||28.84|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||227290.0||205665.0|
BUY. The current P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 19.17 for the Multi-Utilities industry and a value on par with the S&P 500 average of 18.06. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 1.65 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 2.49 and a discount versus the industry average of 2.27. The current price-to-sales ratio is similar to the S&P 500 average, but it is below the industry average, indicating a discount.
|BKH 20.04||Peers 19.17||BKH 7.33||Peers 8.95|
Average. An average P/E ratio can signify an industry neutral price for a stock and an average growth expectation.
BKH is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.
Discount. The P/CF ratio, a stock’s price divided by the company's cash flow from operations, is useful for comparing companies with different capital requirements or financing structures.
BKH is trading at a discount to its peers.
|BKH 17.53||Peers 17.28||BKH 3.31||Peers 1.96|
Average. An average price-to-projected earnings ratio can signify an industry neutral stock price and average future growth expectations.
BKH is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.
Premium. The PEG ratio is the stock’s P/E divided by the consensus estimate of long-term earnings growth. Faster growth can justify higher price multiples.
BKH trades at a significant premium to its peers.
|BKH 1.65||Peers 2.27||BKH -21.34||Peers 216.49|
Discount. A lower price-to-book ratio makes a stock more attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.
BKH is trading at a significant discount to its peers.
Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.
However, BKH is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.
|BKH 1.63||Peers 1.98||BKH 10.81||Peers 6.90|
Discount. In the absence of P/E and P/B multiples, the price-to-sales ratio can display the value investors are placing on each dollar of sales.
BKH is trading at a discount to its industry on this measurement.
Higher. A sales growth rate that exceeds the industry implies that a company is gaining market share.
BKH has a sales growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.
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