Analyzing Cambrian Minerals Group (SMPR) and Mdu Resources Group (MDU)

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Cambrian Minerals Group (OTCMKTS:SMPR) and Mdu Resources Group (NYSE:MDU) are both basic materials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Cambrian Minerals Group and Mdu Resources Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cambrian Minerals Group N/A N/A N/A
Mdu Resources Group 6.01% 10.91% 4.12%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Cambrian Minerals Group and Mdu Resources Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cambrian Minerals Group N/A N/A -$590,000.00 N/A N/A
Mdu Resources Group $4.53 billion 1.12 $281.20 million $1.38 18.72

Mdu Resources Group has higher revenue and earnings than Cambrian Minerals Group.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

64.7% of Mdu Resources Group shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Mdu Resources Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Cambrian Minerals Group has a beta of -6.26, meaning that its stock price is 726% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mdu Resources Group has a beta of 0.69, meaning that its stock price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Mdu Resources Group pays an annual dividend of $0.81 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Cambrian Minerals Group does not pay a dividend. Mdu Resources Group pays out 58.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Mdu Resources Group has raised its dividend for 9 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Cambrian Minerals Group and Mdu Resources Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cambrian Minerals Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Mdu Resources Group 0 1 0 0 2.00

Mdu Resources Group has a consensus target price of $29.50, indicating a potential upside of 14.16%. Given Mdu Resources Group’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Mdu Resources Group is more favorable than Cambrian Minerals Group.

Summary

Mdu Resources Group beats Cambrian Minerals Group on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Cambrian Minerals Group Company Profile

Standard Metals Processing, Inc., an exploration stage company, focuses on operating as a custom toll milling and processing company in the western United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. Its custom processing toll milling is a process whereby mined material is crushed and ground into fine particles to extract various precious minerals contained therein, such as gold, silver, and platinum metal groups. The company focuses on the laboratory testing, pilot testing, and custom processing of precious metal ores and concentrates from mining industry clients. Its assets include land covering 1,183 deeded acres in Esmeralda County, Nevada; buildings; mine tailings; a dormant milling facility; abandoned milling equipment; and water permits. The company was formerly known as Standard Gold Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to Standard Metals Processing, Inc. in December 2013. Standard Metals Processing, Inc. was incorporated in 1985 and is based in Gadsden, Alabama.

Mdu Resources Group Company Profile

MDU Resources Group, Inc. engages in regulated energy delivery, and construction materials and services businesses in the United States. The company operates through five segments: Electric, Natural Gas Distribution, Pipeline and Midstream, Construction Materials and Contracting, and Construction Services. The Electric segment generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. As of December 31, 2017, it served 142,901 residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers in 178 communities and adjacent rural areas. The Natural Gas Distribution segment distributes natural gas in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming, as well as Idaho, Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington; and offers related value-added services. It served approximately 938,867 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in 335 communities and adjacent rural areas. The Pipeline and Midstream segment provides natural gas transportation, underground storage, and gathering services primarily in the Rocky Mountain and northern Great Plains regions. It also provides cathodic protection and other energy-related services. The Construction Materials and Contracting segment mines, processes, and sells construction aggregates; produces and sells asphalt mix; and supplies ready-mixed concrete in the central, southern, and western United States, as well as Alaska and Hawaii. The Construction Services segment designs, constructs, and maintains overhead and underground electrical distribution and transmission lines, substations, external lighting, traffic signalization, and gas pipelines; electrical and communication wiring and infrastructure, and fire suppression systems; and renewable energy projects. It also offers utility excavation, and mechanical piping and services; and manufactures and distributes transmission line construction equipment and other supplies. The company was founded in 1924 and is based in Bismarck, North Dakota.

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