MDU Resources Group Inc. (MDU - Free Report) reported second-quarter 2017 operating earnings of 22 cents per share, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 25 cents by 12%.
Reported earnings also fell 8.3% from the year-ago tally of 24 cents. This decrease can be attributed to weather-related delays and increased competition in its construction materials business.
MDU Resources’ total revenue for the reported quarter was $1,067.6 million, surpassing the year-ago figure of $1,043.9 million by 2.3%.
In the quarter under review, MDU Resources’ operating expenses amounted to $987.9 million, up 3.5% from $954.9 in the prior-year quarter.
Operating income came in at $79.7 million in the second quarter, down 10.4%.
The company incurred interest expense of $20.8 million, compared with $22.3 million in second-quarter 2016.
Total debt was $1,761 million as of Jun 30, 2017, down from $1,987 million as of Jun 30, 2016.
The company’s cash flow from operating activities as of Jun 30, 2017 was $139 million, up from $103 million in the year-ago period.
MDU Resources Group, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
MDU Resources has reaffirmed 2017 earnings per share guidance in the range of $1.10–$1.25.
Capital expenditure in 2017 is estimated to be $515 million. The company aims to invest $2,223 million in 2017–2021 time period.
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MDU Resources Group Inc. carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Sell).
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