MDU Resources Group Inc.

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MDU : NYSE : Utilities
$27.68 up 0.03 | 0.11%
Today's Range: 27.61 - 27.95
Avg. Daily Volume: 907700.0
03/21/18 - 4:01 PM ET

Financial Analysis

MDU RESOURCES GROUP INC's gross profit margin for the fourth 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 0.94 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.

At the same time, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has remained virtually unchanged only increasing by 4.86% 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 Q4 FY17 Q4 FY16
Net Sales ($mil)1165.241016.1
EBITDA ($mil)177.89164.58
EBIT ($mil)125.54111.49
Net Income ($mil)115.3165.73

Balance Sheet Q4 FY17 Q4 FY16
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)34.646.11
Total Assets ($mil)6334.676284.47
Total Debt ($mil)1714.851790.16
Equity ($mil)2429.042316.24

Profitability Q4 FY17 Q4 FY16
Gross Profit Margin15.2716.2
EBITDA Margin15.2616.19
Operating Margin10.7710.97
Sales Turnover0.70.66
Return on Assets4.431.02
Return on Equity11.7210.03
Debt Q4 FY17 Q4 FY16
Current Ratio1.321.46
Interest Expense20.8120.48
Interest Coverage6.035.44

Share Data Q4 FY17 Q4 FY16
Shares outstanding (mil)195.3195.3
Div / share0.20.19
Book value / share12.4411.86
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume919775.0778095.0


BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 25.07 for the Multi-Utilities industry and a discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 25.66. Conducting a second comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.22 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 3.28 and a premium versus the industry average of 1.98. The price-to-sales ratio is well below both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a discount. The valuation analysis reveals that, MDU RESOURCES GROUP INC seems to be trading at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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MDU 19.04 Peers 25.07   MDU 12.04 Peers 7.71

Discount. A lower P/E ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower growth expectations.

MDU is trading at a discount to 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 significant premium to its peers.

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  Price to
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premium   discount
MDU 18.18 Peers 16.20   MDU NM Peers 5.05

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.

MDU's negative PEG ratio makes this valuation measure meaningless.

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  Earnings Growth
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lower   higher
MDU 2.22 Peers 1.98   MDU 22.88 Peers 20.09

Premium. A higher price-to-book ratio makes a stock less attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.

MDU is trading at a premium to its peers.


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

MDU is expected to have an earnings growth rate that exceeds its peers.

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  Sales Growth
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premium   discount
MDU 1.21 Peers 2.26   MDU 7.61 Peers 6.83

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 exceeds its peers.



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