EXPRESS SCRIPTS HOLDING CO'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. The company has grown sales and net income during the past quarter when compared with the same quarter a year ago, however, it was unable to keep up with the growth of the average competitor within its industry. EXPRESS SCRIPTS HOLDING CO has very weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.45 which clearly shows a lack of 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 5.80% 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||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Net Sales ($mil)||24899.6||23685.0|
|Net Income ($mil)||441.1||328.3|
|Balance Sheet||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||933.8||1870.9|
|Total Assets ($mil)||51905.1||52747.1|
|Total Debt ($mil)||12348.3||13780.3|
|Profitability||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Gross Profit Margin||7.77||7.97|
|Return on Assets||4.08||3.41|
|Return on Equity||10.29||8.46|
|Debt||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Share Data||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||729.3||773.6|
|Div / share||0.0||0.0|
|Book value / share||28.25||28.28|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||3716762.0||3766644.0|
BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 26.90 for the Health Care Providers & Services industry and a significant premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 20.38. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 3.06 indicates valuation on par with the S&P 500 average of 2.81 and a discount versus the industry average of 3.82. The current price-to-sales ratio is well below the S&P 500 average and is also below the industry average, indicating a discount.
|ESRX 30.42||Peers 26.90||ESRX 14.25||Peers 13.62|
Premium. A higher P/E ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher growth expectations.
ESRX is trading at a premium to its peers.
Average. 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.
ESRX is trading at a valuation on par to its peers.
|ESRX 14.35||Peers 19.15||ESRX 0.29||Peers 1.39|
Discount. A lower price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower future growth expectations.
ESRX 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.
ESRX trades at a significant discount to its peers.
|ESRX 3.06||Peers 3.82||ESRX 24.56||Peers -17.75|
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.
ESRX is trading at a discount to its peers.
Higher. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.
ESRX is expected to have an earnings growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.
|ESRX 0.62||Peers 0.89||ESRX 0.33||Peers 14.80|
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.
ESRX 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.
ESRX significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth
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