AIR PRODUCTS & CHEMICALS INC's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2015 has increased when compared to the same period a year ago. The company managed to grow both sales and net income at a faster pace than the average competitor in its industry this quarter as compared to the same quarter a year ago. AIR PRODUCTS & CHEMICALS INC has weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.56 which shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The liquidity decreased from the same period a year ago, despite already having weak liquidity to begin with. This would indicate deteriorating cash flow.
At the same time, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has remained virtually unchanged only increasing by 1.20% from the same quarter last year. Overall, the key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is in a position in which financial difficulties could develop in the future.
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|Income Statement||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Net Sales ($mil)||2560.8||2545.5|
|Net Income ($mil)||324.6||290.2|
|Balance Sheet||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||238.8||387.6|
|Total Assets ($mil)||17635.4||17915.2|
|Total Debt ($mil)||6089.0||6168.3|
|Profitability||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Gross Profit Margin||37.7||35.9|
|Return on Assets||5.81||5.61|
|Return on Equity||13.93||13.96|
|Debt||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Share Data||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||214.27||211.67|
|Div / share||0.77||0.71|
|Book value / share||34.31||34.32|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||985903.0||1600488.0|
BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 27.27 for the Chemicals industry and a significant premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 19.41. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 4.41 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.74 and a discount versus the industry average of 5.56. The price-to-sales ratio is well above both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a premium. The valuation analysis reveals that, AIR PRODUCTS & CHEMICALS INC seems to be trading at a premium to investment alternatives within the industry.
|APD 31.82||Peers 27.27||APD 15.22||Peers 15.28|
Premium. A higher P/E ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher growth expectations.
APD is trading at a premium to its peers.
Average. 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.
APD is trading at a valuation on par to its peers.
|APD 20.71||Peers 18.19||APD 0.77||Peers 1.82|
Premium. A higher price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher future growth expectations.
APD is trading at a significant premium 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.
APD trades at a significant discount to its peers.
|APD 4.41||Peers 5.56||APD -0.42||Peers 12.91|
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.
APD is trading at a discount to its peers.
Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.
However, APD is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.
|APD 3.10||Peers 2.30||APD 2.86||Peers 3.01|
Premium. 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.
APD is trading at a significant premium to its industry.
Average. Comparing a company's sales growth to its industry helps to determine if the company is adding or losing market share.
APD is keeping pace with its peers on the basis of sales growth.
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