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Section 1: 8-K (MDU RESOURCES FORM 8-K CAP EX)

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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549


FORM 8-K


CURRENT REPORT


PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15 (d) OF THE SECURITIES
EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) November 18, 2019


MDU Resources Group Inc
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

(State or other jurisdiction of
(Commission File Number)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
incorporation)
 
 
Delaware
1-03480
30-1133956

1200 West Century Avenue
P.O. Box 5650
Bismarck, North Dakota 58506-5650
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (701) 530-1000

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:
 
Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
 
Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)
 
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))
 
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c)) 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934:
(Title of each class)
(Trading Symbol(s))
(Name of each exchange on which registered)
Common Stock, par value $1.00 per share
MDU
New York Stock Exchange

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
Emerging growth company
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.




Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.

On November 18, 2019, MDU Resources Group, Inc. (the "Company") issued a press release announcing its five-year capital investment plan. A copy of the press release, which the Company is furnishing to the Securities and Exchange Commission, is attached as Exhibit 99 and incorporated by reference herein.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d)    Exhibits. The following exhibits are being furnished as part of this report.

Exhibit Number
Description
99
104
Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)





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SIGNATURE

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


 
MDU RESOURCES GROUP, INC.
 
 
Date    November 18, 2019
By /s/ Jason L. Vollmer 
 
Jason L. Vollmer
 
Vice President, Chief Financial
 
Officer and Treasurer



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Section 2: EX-99 (MDU RESOURCES EXHIBIT 99 CAP EX)

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MDU Resources Announces Five-Year Capital Investment Plan
    
BISMARCK, N.D. — Nov. 18, 2019 MDU Resources Group, Inc. (NYSE: MDU) today announced its capital investment plan for 2020 through 2024. For the five-year period, the company expects to make capital investments totaling $2.9 billion.

“MDU Resources is experiencing significant growth, and we have identified a number of key projects that will continue to carry us forward,” said David L. Goodin, president and CEO of MDU Resources. “This five-year plan includes line-of-sight opportunities at all of our businesses, including activities at our regulated operations and our construction businesses.”

Acquisitions would be incremental to the company’s 2020-24 capital investment plan. MDU Resources will provide updates as it identifies opportunities outside the capital investment plan.
Capital Expenditures




Forecast
Actual
 + 2019 Forecast

Forecast
 
2019

2020

2021

2022

2015-2019
2020-2024
 
(in millions)
Regulated energy delivery
 
 
 
 
 
 
Electric
$
95

$
111

$
128

$
139

$
834

$
561

Natural gas distribution
201

221

191

180

811

940

Pipeline and midstream
81

85

304

53

235

564

 
377

417

623

372

1,880

2,065

Construction materials and services
 
 
 
 
 
 
Construction materials and contracting
208

167

154

157

619

702

Construction services
55

22

20

20

198

103

 
263

189

174

177

817

805

Total*
$
640

$
606

$
797

$
549

$
2,697

$
2,870

* Excludes “Other” category, as well as assumed net proceeds from the sale or disposition of property.

The company anticipates its electric and natural gas utility will grow its rate base by approximately 5% annually over the next five years on a compound basis. These utility operations have customers in eight states and expect customer growth to continue at a rate of 1-2% annually. The anticipated investment reflects opportunities to improve the safety and reliability of the company's systems, including system expansions, upgrades and replacements. Also included in the utility's five-year capital investment program is the construction of an 88-megawatt simple-cycle, natural gas-fired combustion turbine near Mandan, North Dakota. The company filed a request in August for advance determination of prudence for this project with the North Dakota Public Service Commission.

The capital investment plan at the pipeline and midstream business reflects a focus on organic growth. This includes the Demicks Lake Expansion project under construction in McKenzie County, North Dakota, which is

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expected to be in service in the first quarter of 2020 and as designed will increase capacity by 175 million cubic feet per day. The North Bakken Expansion project is also included in the capital forecast. As designed, this project in the heart of the Bakken will increase capacity by an estimated 350 million cubic feet per day and is expected to be in service in late 2021. This business is exploring additional organic growth projects that, if executed, would be incremental to the capital investment plan. Natural gas production continues at record levels in the Bakken, driving the need for additional infrastructure.

At the company’s construction materials and services businesses, the capital expenditures forecast is focused primarily on organic expansion opportunities, normal equipment and plant replacements and upgrades. Included in the outlined forecast is the development of Knife River's Honey Creek Quarry in Burnet County, Texas, which includes the construction of a rock-crushing plant and the purchase of aggregate railcars. The company expects public sector workload growth as new state and local infrastructure spending initiatives are introduced. In addition to organic growth, the construction businesses continue to focus on acquisition activity, as shown throughout 2019, which would be incremental to the five-year forecast.

Forward-Looking Statements
The information in this release includes certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The forward-looking statements contained in this release, including capital expenditure forecasts, underlying expectations, and statements by the president and CEO of MDU Resources, are expressed in good faith and are believed by the company to have a reasonable basis. Nonetheless, actual results may differ materially from the projected results expressed in the forward-looking statements. For a discussion of important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements, refer to Item 1A-Risk Factors in MDU Resources’ most recent Form 10-K.

About MDU Resources
MDU Resources Group, Inc., a member of the S&P MidCap 400 index and the S&P High-Yield Dividend Aristocrats index, is Building a Strong America® by providing essential products and services through its regulated energy delivery and construction materials and services businesses. For more information about MDU Resources, see the company’s website at www.mdu.com or contact the Investor Relations Department at [email protected].

Financial Contact: Jason Vollmer, vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, 701-530-1755
Media Contact: Laura Lueder, manager of communications and public relations, 701-530-1095



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