MDU Resources Group Inc

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MDU : NYSE : Industrial Goods
$25.83 up 0.21 | 0.82%
Today's Range: 25.56 - 25.84
Avg. Daily Volume: 725800.0
07/21/17 - 4:02 PM ET

Financial Analysis

MDU RESOURCES GROUP INC's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2017 has decreased when compared to the same period a year ago. Sales and net income have grown, and although the growth in revenues has outpaced the average competitor within the industry, the net income growth has not. MDU RESOURCES GROUP INC has weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.98 which shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has increased from the same period last year, indicating improving cash flow.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has remained virtually unchanged only decreasing by 2.87% 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 FY17 Q1 FY16
Net Sales ($mil)937.93860.22
EBITDA ($mil)118.44116.87
EBIT ($mil)67.1161.99
Net Income ($mil)37.3324.87

Balance Sheet Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)50.7490.94
Total Assets ($mil)6148.466618.4
Total Debt ($mil)1703.011988.58
Equity ($mil)2313.912382.38

Profitability Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Gross Profit Margin12.6313.59
EBITDA Margin12.6213.58
Operating Margin7.167.21
Sales Turnover0.680.61
Return on Assets1.25-4.4
Return on Equity10.27.85
Debt Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Current Ratio1.521.39
Interest Expense20.322.87
Interest Coverage3.312.71

Share Data Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Shares outstanding (mil)195.3195.3
Div / share0.190.19
Book value / share11.8512.2
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume730009.01155778.0


BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 20.18 for the Multi-Utilities industry and a discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 24.41. Conducting a second comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.16 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 3.04 and a premium versus the industry average of 2.14. 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 premium to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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premium   discount
MDU 21.30 Peers 20.18   MDU 9.91 Peers 8.16

Average. An average P/E ratio can signify an industry neutral price for a stock and an average growth expectation.

MDU is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.


Premium. 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 premium to its peers.

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  Price to
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premium   discount
MDU 19.15 Peers 17.91   MDU 12.68 Peers 3.12

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.


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.

MDU trades at a significant premium to its peers.

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premium   discount
  Earnings Growth
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lower   higher
MDU 2.16 Peers 2.14   MDU 25.00 Peers 23.42

Average. 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 valuation on par with its peers.


Average. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.

MDU is expected to keep pace with its peers on the basis of earnings growth.

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  Sales Growth
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premium   discount
MDU 1.19 Peers 2.37   MDU 4.81 Peers 5.10

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.


Average. Comparing a company's sales growth to its industry helps to determine if the company is adding or losing market share.

MDU is keeping pace with its peers on the basis of sales growth.



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