MDU RESOURCES GROUP INC's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2015 has significantly decreased when compared to the same period a year ago. Sales and net income have dropped, although the growth in net income underperformed the average competitor within the industry, the revenue growth did not. MDU RESOURCES GROUP INC has weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.70 which shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has decreased from the same period last year, indicating deteriorating cash flow.
During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has remained virtually unchanged only decreasing by 3.44% from the same quarter last year. Overall, the key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is in a position in which financial difficulties could develop in the future.
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|Income Statement||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Net Sales ($mil)||918.51||1042.85|
|Net Income ($mil)||-305.92||56.66|
|Balance Sheet||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||122.24||83.7|
|Total Assets ($mil)||7317.39||7408.85|
|Total Debt ($mil)||2206.09||2105.83|
|Profitability||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Gross Profit Margin||13.23||19.41|
|Return on Assets||-0.87||3.76|
|Return on Equity||-2.43||9.6|
|Debt||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Share Data||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||194.65||191.3|
|Div / share||0.18||0.18|
|Book value / share||14.39||15.17|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||966661.0||1392006.0|
HOLD. 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 1.37 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 2.84 and a discount versus the industry average of 2.28. The price-to-sales ratio is well below both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a discount. After reviewing these and other key valuation criteria, MDU RESOURCES GROUP INC proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.
|MDU NM||Peers 19.40||MDU 6.73||Peers 7.82|
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.
MDU'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.
MDU is trading at a discount to its peers.
|MDU 15.96||Peers 16.22||MDU NA||Peers 1.48|
Premium. A higher price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher future growth expectations.
MDU 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.
|MDU 1.37||Peers 2.28||MDU -123.28||Peers -2.28|
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.
MDU 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, MDU is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.
|MDU 0.85||Peers 2.14||MDU -0.60||Peers -3.57|
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.
MDU is trading at a significant discount to its industry on this measurement.
Higher. A sales growth rate that exceeds the industry implies that a company is gaining market share.
MDU has a sales growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.
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