Analyzing Knife River (KNF) and The Competition

Knife River (NYSE:KNFGet Free Report) is one of 26 public companies in the “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Knife River to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Knife River and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Knife River $2.83 billion $182.87 million -0.15
Knife River Competitors $2.09 billion $265.82 million 6.70

Knife River has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its competitors. Knife River is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Knife River and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Knife River 6.46% 15.98% 7.14%
Knife River Competitors 22.32% -26.92% 3.72%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

67.1% of Knife River shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.2% of shares of all “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies are held by institutional investors. 7.4% of shares of all “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Knife River and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Knife River 0 1 5 0 2.83
Knife River Competitors 207 991 1353 12 2.46

Knife River presently has a consensus price target of $72.20, suggesting a potential downside of 4.07%. As a group, “Mining & quarrying of nonmetallic minerals, except fuels” companies have a potential upside of 10.48%. Given Knife River’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Knife River has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

About Knife River

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Knife River Corporation provides aggregates-based construction materials and contracting services in the United States. It operates through six segments: Pacific, Northwest, Mountain, North Central, South, and Energy Services. The company mines, processes, and sells construction aggregates, including crushed stone and sand, and gravel; and produces and sells asphalt and ready-mix concrete, as well as provides contracting service, such as heavy-civil construction, asphalt and concrete paving, and site development and grading. It also sells merchandise and other building materials and related services. The company serves federal, state, and municipal governments for various projects, such as highways, bridges, airports, schools, public buildings, and other public-infrastructure projects, as well as industrial, commercial, and residential developers. The company was founded in 1917 and is based in Bismarck, North Dakota.

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