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Fastenal Co
FAST : NASDAQ : Services
$43.04 | %
Today's Range: 41.90 - 43.09
Avg. Daily Volume: 3,435,200
02/12/16 - 4:00 PM ET

Financial Analysis


FASTENAL CO's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2015 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. Sales and net income have dropped, although the growth in net income underperformed the average competitor within the industry, the revenue growth did not. FASTENAL CO has strong liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 1.60 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 5.94% 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 FY15 Q4 FY14
Net Sales ($mil)922.79926.25
EBITDA ($mil)204.09207.58
EBIT ($mil)178.39188.78
Net Income ($mil)111.9118.39


Balance Sheet Q4 FY15 Q4 FY14
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)129.02114.5
Total Assets ($mil)2532.462359.1
Total Debt ($mil)365.090.0
Equity ($mil)1801.291915.22


Profitability Q4 FY15 Q4 FY14
Gross Profit Margin52.752.51
EBITDA Margin22.1122.41
Operating Margin19.3320.38
Sales Turnover1.531.58
Return on Assets20.3820.94
Return on Equity28.6625.8
Debt Q4 FY15 Q4 FY14
Current Ratio4.464.22
Debt/Capital0.170.04
Interest Expense1.010.32
Interest Coverage176.28582.65


Share Data Q4 FY15 Q4 FY14
Shares outstanding (mil)289.58295.87
Div / share0.280.25
EPS0.390.4
Book value / share6.226.47
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume3252626.02840591.0

Valuation


BUY. FASTENAL CO's P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 18.99 for the Trading Companies & Distributors industry and a premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 21.13. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 7.00 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.51 and a significant premium versus the industry average of 3.60. The price-to-sales ratio is well above both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a premium. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, FASTENAL CO proves to trade at a premium to investment alternatives within the industry.


Price/Earnings
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Price/Cash Flow
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
FAST 24.59 Peers 18.99   FAST 23.05 Peers 12.38

Premium. A higher P/E ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher growth expectations.

FAST is trading at a significant premium to its peers.

 

Premium. 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.

FAST is trading at a significant premium to its peers.

 
Price/Projected
Earnings
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Price to
Earnings/Growth
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
FAST 22.04 Peers 17.31   FAST 7.28 Peers 9.51

Premium. A higher price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher future growth expectations.

FAST is trading at a significant premium 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.

FAST trades at a discount to its peers.

 
Price/Book
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Earnings Growth
1 2 3 4 5
lower   higher
FAST 7.00 Peers 3.60   FAST 5.98 Peers 426.80

Premium. A higher price-to-book ratio makes a stock less attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.

FAST is trading at a significant premium to its peers.

 

Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.

However, FAST is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.

 
Price/Sales
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Sales Growth
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
FAST 3.26 Peers 1.40   FAST 3.63 Peers 19.01

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.

FAST 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.

FAST significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth

 

 

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