ASHLAND INC's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2014 has significantly decreased when compared to the same period a year ago. Even though sales increased, the net income has decreased. ASHLAND INC has strong liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 1.54 which shows the ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has increased from the same period last year.
During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has decreased by 21.30% from the same quarter last year. The key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is unlikely to face financial difficulties in the near future.
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|Income Statement||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Net Sales ($mil)||1538.0||1470.0|
|Net Income ($mil)||68.0||405.0|
|Balance Sheet||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||1393.0||346.0|
|Total Assets ($mil)||10951.0||12088.0|
|Total Debt ($mil)||3280.0||3267.0|
|Profitability||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Gross Profit Margin||27.5||42.38|
|Return on Assets||2.12||5.65|
|Return on Equity||2.0||12.14|
|Debt||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Share Data||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||70.0||77.0|
|Div / share||0.34||0.34|
|Book value / share||51.19||59.13|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||1019667.0||756580.0|
BUY. ASHLAND INC's P/E ratio indicates a significant premium compared to an average of 37.11 for the Chemicals industry and a significant premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 20.19. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.33 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 2.79 and a significant discount versus the industry average of 4.89. The price-to-sales ratio is below the S&P 500 average and is well below the industry average, indicating a discount.
|ASH 132.67||Peers 37.11||ASH 13.00||Peers 15.69|
Premium. A higher P/E ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher growth expectations.
ASH is trading at a significant premium to 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.
ASH is trading at a discount to its peers.
|ASH 13.81||Peers 19.82||ASH 0.19||Peers 1.75|
Discount. A lower price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower future growth expectations.
ASH 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.
ASH trades at a significant discount to its peers.
|ASH 2.33||Peers 4.89||ASH -87.17||Peers 36.33|
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.
ASH 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, ASH is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.
|ASH 1.37||Peers 2.36||ASH 0.49||Peers 3.96|
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.
ASH 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.
ASH significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth
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