HARSCO CORP'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. Sales and net income fell significantly, underperforming compared to the average company in its industry. HARSCO CORP has weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.74 which shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has decreased from the same period last year.
At the same time, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has significantly decreased by 44.29% 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||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Net Sales ($mil)||492.09||681.34|
|Net Income ($mil)||-45.59||-25.33|
|Balance Sheet||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||62.84||93.61|
|Total Assets ($mil)||2263.8||2441.75|
|Total Debt ($mil)||871.65||810.9|
|Profitability||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Gross Profit Margin||16.9||29.63|
|Return on Assets||-1.09||-9.33|
|Return on Equity||-7.93||-40.16|
|Debt||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Share Data||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||80.81||80.68|
|Div / share||0.21||0.21|
|Book value / share||3.89||6.99|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||567674.0||521627.0|
SELL. This stock?s P/E ratio is negative, making its value useless in the assessment of premium or discount valuation, only displaying that the company has negative earnings per share. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 4.30 indicates a premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.81 and a premium versus the industry average of 3.87. 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 19.08||HSC 5.98||Peers 15.02|
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 14.53||Peers 20.60||HSC NA||Peers 5.03|
Discount. A lower price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower future growth expectations.
HSC is trading at a discount 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 4.30||Peers 3.87||HSC 88.97||Peers 36.39|
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.
HSC is trading at a premium to 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 0.65||Peers 1.69||HSC -28.69||Peers 6.33|
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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