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Deal Overview

Buyer:
MDU Resources Group, Inc.
Actual Acquirer:
MDU Resources Group, Inc.
Target:
Cascade Natural Gas Corporation
Deal Type:
Utility
Agreement Date:
7/8/2006
Announcement Date:
7/8/2006
Announcement Deal Value ($ 000)
305,195
Short-term and Current Long-term Debt ($ 000)
8,000
Cash and Cash Equivalents ($ 000)
6,678
Current Investments ($ 000)
0
Inventories ($ 000)
6,289
Obligations under Capital Leases ($ 000)
NA
Postretirement Benefits ($ 000)
NA
Announced Transaction Value ($ 000)
465,829
Status:
Completed
Completion Date:
7/2/2007
Announced Deal Value Per Share ($ )
26.50

Consideration Breakout
Cash ($M) 305.2

Deal Pricing Ratios

Announcement Completion
Transaction Value / LTM Recurring EBITDA (x) 8.1 7.5
Transaction Value / Energy Operating Revenues (x) 1.09 0.92
Transaction Value / Assets (%) 95.98 91.12
Transaction Value / Assets (%) 95.98 91.12
Price / Adj. Op. Cash Flows (x) 9.11 3.46
Price / Book (%) 232.5 225.7
Price / Tangible Book (%) NA 225.7
Price / Earnings (x) 25.0 24.3
Transaction Value / Electricity Sold ($ /MWH) NM NM
Transaction Value / Elec. Customer Acquired ($ /customer) NM NM
Transaction Value / Gas Throughput ($ /MCF) NA NA
Price / Tangible Book (%) NA 225.7
Price / Earnings (x) 25.0 24.3
Transaction Value / Nameplate Capacity ($ /KW) NA NA
Transaction Value / Net Generation ($ /MWH) NA NA
Deal Terms
Description of Consideration

MDU has acquired Cascade Natural Gas for $26.50 per share in cash. MDU Resources assumed Cascade's $165.2 million in liabilities and $37.5 million in assets.

Accounting Method Purchase
Merger of Equals? No
Geographic Expansion? In Market
Goodwill Generated ($ 000) 175,000
Estimated Cost Savings (%) NA
Est. Restructuring Charges ($ 000) NA
Termination Fee ($ 000) 9,000
Exchange Ratio (Common For Common) NA
Exchange Ratio (Common For Preferred) NA
Exchange Ratio (Preferred For Common) NA
Exchange Ratio (Preferred For Preferred) NA
Strike Price ($ ) NA
% of Shares Outstanding NA
Shares Under Option NA
Deal Advisers
Financial Advisers
Party Advised Adviser Hired? Firm Name
Buyer Yes UBS Investment Bank
Seller Yes J.P. Morgan Securities Inc.
Legal Counsel
Party Advised Adviser Hired? Firm Name
Buyer Yes Thelen LLP
Seller Yes Preston Gates & Ellis LLP