AIRGAS INC's gross profit margin for the first 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. AIRGAS INC has weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.79 which 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 increased by 19.49% 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 FY14||Q1 FY13|
|Net Sales ($mil)||1313.59||1279.89|
|Net Income ($mil)||88.85||84.69|
|Balance Sheet||Q1 FY14||Q1 FY13|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||77.31||70.98|
|Total Assets ($mil)||5872.08||5587.89|
|Total Debt ($mil)||2461.76||2539.33|
|Profitability||Q1 FY14||Q1 FY13|
|Gross Profit Margin||55.56||55.01|
|Return on Assets||6.04||5.99|
|Return on Equity||18.38||20.71|
|Debt||Q1 FY14||Q1 FY13|
|Share Data||Q1 FY14||Q1 FY13|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||74.46||73.36|
|Div / share||0.55||0.48|
|Book value / share||25.93||22.03|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||387761.0||489191.0|
BUY. AIRGAS INC's P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 21.81 for the Chemicals industry and a premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 18.06. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 4.17 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.49 and a discount versus the industry average of 4.25. The price-to-sales ratio is similar to the S&P 500 average, but it is significantly below the industry average, indicating a discount.
|ARG 22.93||Peers 21.81||ARG 10.43||Peers 14.52|
Average. An average P/E ratio can signify an industry neutral price for a stock and an average growth expectation.
ARG is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.
Discount. 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.
ARG is trading at a significant discount to its peers.
|ARG 18.82||Peers 17.79||ARG 2.56||Peers 1.24|
Premium. A higher price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher future growth expectations.
ARG is trading at a premium to its peers.
Premium. 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.
ARG trades at a significant premium to its peers.
|ARG 4.17||Peers 4.25||ARG 8.50||Peers 62.91|
Average. 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.
ARG is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.
Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.
However, ARG is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.
|ARG 1.58||Peers 2.22||ARG 2.53||Peers 2.60|
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.
ARG is trading at a significant 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.
ARG is keeping pace with its peers on the basis of sales growth.
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