Reviewing Aspen Aerogels Inc. (ASPN)’s and MDU Resources Group Inc. (NYSE:MDU)’s results

We are comparing Aspen Aerogels Inc. (NYSE:ASPN) and MDU Resources Group Inc. (NYSE:MDU) on their profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings and valuation. They both are General Building Materials companies, competing one another.

Valuation & Earnings

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aspen Aerogels Inc. 105.04M 0.75 22.02M -0.93 0.00
MDU Resources Group Inc. 4.53B 1.14 269.40M 1.37 18.96

Table 1 showcases the gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation of Aspen Aerogels Inc. and MDU Resources Group Inc.

Profitability

Table 2 shows the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of the two firms.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aspen Aerogels Inc. -20.96% -23.9% -19.1%
MDU Resources Group Inc. 5.95% 12.6% 4.8%

Risk and Volatility

Aspen Aerogels Inc. has a 1.43 beta, while its volatility is 43.00%, thus making it more volatile than S&P 500. Competitively, MDU Resources Group Inc.’s beta is 0.56 which is 44.00% less volatile than S&P 500.

Liquidity

2 and 1.4 are the respective Current Ratio and a Quick Ratio of Aspen Aerogels Inc. Its rival MDU Resources Group Inc.’s Current and Quick Ratios are 1.7 and 1.3 respectively. Aspen Aerogels Inc. has a better chance of clearing its pay short and long-term debts than MDU Resources Group Inc.

Dividends

On the other side, $0.8 per share with a dividend yield of 3.06% for MDU Resources Group Inc. Aspen Aerogels Inc. does not pay a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

Aspen Aerogels Inc. and MDU Resources Group Inc. has shares held by institutional investors as follows: 70% and 66.5%. Insiders held 3.4% of Aspen Aerogels Inc. shares. On the other hand, insiders held about 0.4% of MDU Resources Group Inc.’s shares.

Performance

Here are the Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly, Yearly and YTD Performance of both pretenders.

Performance (W) Performance (M) Performance (Q) Performance (HY) Performance (Y) Performance (YTD)
Aspen Aerogels Inc. -18.75% -31.75% -43.6% -46.78% -46.05% -44.06%
MDU Resources Group Inc. -1.59% -0.61% -4.79% -4.68% -7.16% -3.09%

For the past year Aspen Aerogels Inc. was more bearish than MDU Resources Group Inc.

Summary

MDU Resources Group Inc. beats on 11 of the 12 factors Aspen Aerogels Inc.

MDU Resources Group, Inc. engages in the regulated energy delivery, and construction materials and services businesses in the United States. The company operates through Electric, Natural Gas Distribution, Pipeline and Midstream, Construction Materials and Contracting, and Construction Services segments. The Electric segment generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. As of December 31, 2016, it served 142,948 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 922,408 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in 335 communities and adjacent rural areas. The Pipeline and Midstream segment provides natural gas transportation, underground storage, processing, and gathering services, as well as oil gathering and processing facilities 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 aggregates and markets crushed stone, sand, gravel, and related construction materials; and provides integrated contracting services in the central, southern, and western United States, as well as Alaska and Hawaii. The Construction Services segment constructs and maintains electric and communication lines, gas pipelines, fire suppression systems, and external lighting and traffic signalization equipment. This segment also offers utility excavation services, as well as electrical and mechanical services; and manufactures and distributes transmission line construction equipment and other supplies. MDU Resources Group, Inc. was founded in 1924 and is based in Bismarck, North Dakota.