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Black Hills Corp
BKH : NYSE : Utilities
$60.68 up0.77 | 1.30%
Today's Range: 59.56 - 60.40
Avg. Daily Volume: 606,700
05/04/16 - 10:22 AM ET

Financial Analysis


BLACK HILLS CORP's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2015 has increased when compared to the same period a year ago. Sales and net income have dropped, underperforming the average competitor within its industry. BLACK HILLS CORP has average liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 1.27 which shows that technically this company has the ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has increased from the same period last year.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has increased by 8.27% from the same quarter last year. Together, the key liquidity measurements indicate that it is relatively unlikely that the company will face financial difficulties in the near future.

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Income Statement Q4 FY15 Q4 FY14
Net Sales ($mil)318.26378.08
EBITDA ($mil)109.96107.78
EBIT ($mil)71.4170.79
Net Income ($mil)-14.1834.53


Balance Sheet Q4 FY15 Q4 FY14
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)458.2323.27
Total Assets ($mil)4655.54245.9
Total Debt ($mil)1943.671617.59
Equity ($mil)1465.871353.88


Profitability Q4 FY15 Q4 FY14
Gross Profit Margin34.5528.51
EBITDA Margin34.5528.5
Operating Margin22.4418.72
Sales Turnover0.280.33
Return on Assets-0.683.08
Return on Equity-2.199.66
Debt Q4 FY15 Q4 FY14
Current Ratio1.950.7
Debt/Capital0.570.54
Interest Expense24.4519.35
Interest Coverage2.923.66


Share Data Q4 FY15 Q4 FY14
Shares outstanding (mil)51.1944.67
Div / share0.410.39
EPS-0.30.77
Book value / share28.6330.31
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume634059.0795752.0

Valuation


BUY. The current P/E ratio is negative, which has no meaningful value in the assessment of premium or discount valuation, it simply displays that the company has negative earnings. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.09 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 2.74 and a discount versus the industry average of 2.41. The current price-to-sales ratio is well above the S&P 500 average, but below the industry average. After reviewing these and other key valuation criteria, BLACK HILLS CORP proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.


Price/Earnings
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Price/Cash Flow
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
BKH NM Peers 20.00   BKH 7.17 Peers 7.97

Neutral. The absence of a valid P/E ratio happens when a stock can not be valued on the basis of a negative stream of earnings.

BKH's P/E is negative making this valuation measure meaningless.

 

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.

 
Price/Projected
Earnings
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Price to
Earnings/Growth
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
BKH 16.88 Peers 17.85   BKH NA Peers 1.47

Premium. A higher price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher future growth expectations.

BKH is trading at a premium to its peers.

 

Neutral. 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.

Ratio not available.

 
Price/Book
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Earnings Growth
1 2 3 4 5
lower   higher
BKH 2.09 Peers 2.41   BKH -123.89 Peers 0.62

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 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.

 
Price/Sales
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Sales Growth
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
BKH 2.35 Peers 2.43   BKH -6.39 Peers -4.81

Average. 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 valuation on par with its industry on this measurement.

 

Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.

BKH significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth

 

 

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