HARSCO CORP'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. Even though sales decreased, the net income has increased. HARSCO CORP has weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.75 which shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The liquidity decreased from the same period a year ago, despite already having weak liquidity to begin with. This would indicate deteriorating cash flow.
At the same time, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has significantly decreased by 46.00% from the same quarter last year. Overall, the key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is in a position in which financial difficulties could develop in the future.
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|Income Statement||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Net Sales ($mil)||451.58||512.48|
|Net Income ($mil)||15.26||10.21|
|Balance Sheet||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||66.55||83.36|
|Total Assets ($mil)||2263.38||2419.35|
|Total Debt ($mil)||918.82||862.12|
|Profitability||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Gross Profit Margin||28.63||28.7|
|Return on Assets||-0.91||-9.29|
|Return on Equity||-6.88||-40.0|
|Debt||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Share Data||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||80.09||80.74|
|Div / share||0.21||0.21|
|Book value / share||3.77||6.92|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||628451.0||579233.0|
SELL. The current P/E ratio is negative, which has no meaningful value in the assessment of premium or discount valuation, it simply displays that the company has negative earnings. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 4.28 indicates a premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.86 and a premium versus the industry average of 3.91. The price-to-sales ratio is well below both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a discount. After reviewing these and other key valuation criteria, HARSCO CORP proves to trade at a premium to investment alternatives within the industry.
|HSC NM||Peers 19.42||HSC 6.22||Peers 15.00|
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.
HSC's P/E is negative making this valuation measure meaningless.
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.
HSC is trading at a significant discount to its peers.
|HSC 16.95||Peers 18.59||HSC NA||Peers 2.02|
Premium. A higher price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher future growth expectations.
HSC is trading at a 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.
|HSC 4.28||Peers 3.91||HSC 90.98||Peers 23.09|
Average. 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.
HSC is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.
Higher. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.
HSC is expected to have an earnings growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.
|HSC 0.64||Peers 1.62||HSC -25.58||Peers 3.34|
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.
HSC 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.
HSC significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth
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