AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES INC's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2015 has decreased when compared to the same period a year ago. Even though sales decreased, the net income has increased. AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES INC is extremely liquid. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 2.92 which clearly shows the ability to cover any short-term cash needs. A managed to increase the liquidity from the same period a year ago, despite already having very strong liquidity to begin with. This would indicate improved cash flow.
During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has decreased by 21.34% from the same quarter last year. Overall, the key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is very unlikely to face financial difficulties in the near future.
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|Income Statement||Q4 FY15||Q4 FY14|
|Net Sales ($mil)||1035.0||1043.0|
|Net Income ($mil)||140.0||59.0|
|Balance Sheet||Q4 FY15||Q4 FY14|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||2245.0||3028.0|
|Total Assets ($mil)||7479.0||10831.0|
|Total Debt ($mil)||1655.0||2762.0|
|Profitability||Q4 FY15||Q4 FY14|
|Gross Profit Margin||56.71||60.02|
|Return on Assets||5.36||5.06|
|Return on Equity||10.51||4.37|
|Debt||Q4 FY15||Q4 FY14|
|Share Data||Q4 FY15||Q4 FY14|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||332.0||334.97|
|Div / share||0.1||0.13|
|Book value / share||12.55||15.82|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||3117603.0||2444343.0|
HOLD. The current P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 32.20 for the Life Sciences Tools & Services industry and a premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 20.74. Conducting a second comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.87 indicates a premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.47 and a significant discount versus the industry average of 4.78. The price-to-sales ratio is well above the S&P 500 average, but well below the industry average. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES INC proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.
|A 27.51||Peers 32.20||A 24.37||Peers 20.29|
Discount. A lower P/E ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower growth expectations.
A is trading at a discount to its peers.
Premium. The P/CF ratio, a stock’s price divided by the company's cash flow from operations, is useful for comparing companies with different capital requirements or financing structures.
A is trading at a premium to its peers.
|A 16.49||Peers 21.48||A 0.62||Peers 0.98|
Discount. A lower price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower future growth expectations.
A is trading at a discount to its peers.
Discount. The PEG ratio is the stock’s P/E divided by the consensus estimate of long-term earnings growth. Faster growth can justify higher price multiples.
A trades at a significant discount to its peers.
|A 2.87||Peers 4.78||A 89.85||Peers 59.56|
Discount. A lower price-to-book ratio makes a stock more attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.
A is trading at a significant discount to its peers.
Higher. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.
A is expected to have an earnings growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.
|A 2.96||Peers 15.69||A -0.25||Peers 19.33|
Discount. In the absence of P/E and P/B multiples, the price-to-sales ratio can display the value investors are placing on each dollar of sales.
A is trading at a significant discount to its industry on this measurement.
Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.
A significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth
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