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MDU Resources Group (MDU) Company Overview

MDU Resources Group (MDU) owns and operates public utilities distributing natural gas and electricity to over 350,000 customers in 7 states in the Western U.S. MDU also explores for and produces natural gas and oil in the U.S and provides construction contracting services to the natural gas industry and construction materials to industries across the country. MDU competes against companies in the Diversified Utilities industry, such as Puget Sound Energy (PSD) and Atmos Energy (ATO), as well as companies in the Oil & Gas Pipelines industry, such as Williams Companies (WMB) and El Paso (EP).

MDU's four distinct operating segments reduce its exposure to risks experienced in just one of its industries. For example, in the first quarter of 2008, decreased home construction caused MDU's building materials segment profits to plummet.[1] In 2008, MDU's construction materials and contracting segment decreased its production by $17.5M, or 13%, due to lower volumes in its sales of materials and contracting services.[2]The company posted large increases in net income, however, due to increases in its natural gas and oil production segment which offset the declines in the construction segment. The demand for natural gas in the United States directly affects MDU's performance, however. Almost all MDU's business segments are centered around the natural gas industry, either producing, transporting, consuming or building infrastructure for natural gas. As demand for natural gas increases, revenues at its natural gas distribution, pipeline and natural gas production segments increase as natural gas prices and volumes transported rise. The price of natural gas has declined slightly in the past two years, down 5% since a record high in 2005, though the price is still up 43% since 2002.[3]

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