AMERIGAS PARTNERS -LP's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2014 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. The company has grown its sales and net income during the past quarter when compared with the same quarter a year ago, and although its growth in net income has outpaced the industry average, its revenue growth has not. AMERIGAS PARTNERS -LP has very weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.48 which clearly shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has decreased from the same period last year.
During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has remained virtually unchanged only decreasing by 4.51% from the same quarter last year. The key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is in a position in which financial difficulties could develop in the near future.
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|Income Statement||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Net Sales ($mil)||560.25||531.97|
|Net Income ($mil)||-47.35||-54.06|
|Balance Sheet||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||13.48||12.64|
|Total Assets ($mil)||4364.06||4409.85|
|Total Debt ($mil)||2400.73||2417.01|
|Profitability||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Gross Profit Margin||45.39||45.29|
|Return on Assets||6.64||5.01|
|Return on Equity||21.91||15.97|
|Debt||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Share Data||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||92.87||92.83|
|Div / share||0.88||0.84|
|Book value / share||14.24||14.92|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||328457.0||300434.0|
BUY. AMERIGAS PARTNERS -LP's P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 23.27 for the Gas Utilities industry and a premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 19.47. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 3.65 indicates a premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.75 and a premium versus the industry average of 2.40. The price-to-sales ratio is below both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a discount. After reviewing these and other key valuation criteria, AMERIGAS PARTNERS -LP proves to trade at a premium to investment alternatives within the industry.
|APU 28.85||Peers 23.27||APU 10.05||Peers 9.13|
Premium. A higher P/E ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher growth expectations.
APU is trading at a premium 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.
APU is trading at a premium to its peers.
|APU 16.81||Peers 19.73||APU 3.79||Peers 6.30|
Discount. A lower price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower future growth expectations.
APU 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.
APU trades at a significant discount to its peers.
|APU 3.65||Peers 2.40||APU 25.87||Peers 20.13|
Premium. A higher price-to-book ratio makes a stock less attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.
APU is trading at a significant premium to its peers.
Higher. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.
APU is expected to have an earnings growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.
|APU 1.30||Peers 1.62||APU 17.25||Peers 17.13|
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.
APU is trading at a discount to its industry on this measurement.
Average. Comparing a company's sales growth to its industry helps to determine if the company is adding or losing market share.
APU is keeping pace with its peers on the basis of sales growth.
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