AMERICAN SCIENCE ENGINEERING's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2015 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. Sales and net income have dropped, underperforming the average competitor within its industry. AMERICAN SCIENCE ENGINEERING is extremely liquid. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 3.33 which clearly shows the ability to cover any short-term cash needs. ASEI 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.
At the same time, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has significantly decreased by 26.25% 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||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Net Sales ($mil)||31.44||35.54|
|Net Income ($mil)||-0.52||1.45|
|Balance Sheet||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||87.74||152.17|
|Total Assets ($mil)||181.1||257.2|
|Total Debt ($mil)||0.0||2.54|
|Profitability||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Gross Profit Margin||49.08||50.04|
|Return on Assets||-0.54||4.55|
|Return on Equity||-0.68||5.98|
|Debt||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Share Data||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||7.15||7.9|
|Div / share||0.5||0.5|
|Book value / share||20.2||24.78|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||77427.0||65779.0|
HOLD. This stock’s P/E ratio is negative, making its value useless in the assessment of premium or discount valuation, only displaying that the company has negative earnings per share. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 1.88 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 2.67 and a significant discount versus the industry average of 7.66. The price-to-sales ratio is above the S&P 500 average and well above the industry average, indicating a premium. The valuation analysis reveals that, AMERICAN SCIENCE ENGINEERING seems to be trading at a premium to investment alternatives within the industry.
|ASEI NM||Peers 18.99||ASEI NM||Peers 14.36|
Neutral. The absence of a valid P/E ratio happens when a stock can not be valued on the basis of a negative stream of earnings.
ASEI's P/E is negative making this valuation measure meaningless.
Neutral. 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.
ASEI's P/CF is negative making the measure meaningless.
|ASEI 21.46||Peers 17.21||ASEI NA||Peers 2.92|
Premium. A higher price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher future growth expectations.
ASEI is trading at a significant premium to its peers.
Neutral. 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.
Ratio not available.
|ASEI 1.88||Peers 7.66||ASEI -108.10||Peers 32.55|
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.
ASEI is trading at a significant discount to its peers.
Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.
However, ASEI is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.
|ASEI 2.21||Peers 1.58||ASEI -32.87||Peers 2.41|
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.
ASEI is trading at a significant premium to its industry.
Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.
ASEI significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth
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