BLACK HILLS CORP'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 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. BLACK HILLS CORP has very weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.22 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 increased by 5.22% 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 ($mil)||378.08||355.45|
|Net Income ($mil)||34.01||18.12|
|Balance Sheet||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||23.27||7.84|
|Total Assets ($mil)||4279.81||3875.18|
|Total Debt ($mil)||1617.59||1479.45|
|Profitability||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Gross Profit Margin||28.51||29.89|
|Return on Assets||3.0||2.96|
|Return on Equity||9.35||8.85|
|Debt||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Share Data||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||44.67||44.5|
|Div / share||0.39||0.38|
|Book value / share||30.8||29.39|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||235150.0||229585.0|
BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 21.10 for the Multi-Utilities industry and a discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 19.72. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 1.64 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 2.78 and a discount versus the industry average of 2.40. The price-to-sales ratio is below the S&P 500 average and is well below the industry average, indicating a discount. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, BLACK HILLS CORP proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.
|BKH 17.56||Peers 21.10||BKH 6.98||Peers 8.82|
Discount. A lower P/E ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower growth expectations.
BKH is trading at a discount 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.
BKH is trading at a discount to its peers.
|BKH 16.58||Peers 17.29||BKH NM||Peers 2.13|
Average. An average price-to-projected earnings ratio can signify an industry neutral stock price and average future growth expectations.
BKH is trading at a valuation on par with 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.
BKH's negative PEG ratio makes this valuation measure meaningless.
|BKH 1.64||Peers 2.40||BKH 10.34||Peers 1.39|
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.
BKH is trading at a significant discount to its peers.
Higher. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.
BKH is expected to have an earnings growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.
|BKH 1.62||Peers 2.17||BKH 9.22||Peers 3.25|
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.
BKH is trading at a significant discount to its industry on this measurement.
Higher. A sales growth rate that exceeds the industry implies that a company is gaining market share.
BKH has a sales growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.
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