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Heartland Express Inc
HTLD : NASDAQ : Services
$21.31 0.15 | 0.71%
Today's Range: 21.04 - 21.31
Avg. Daily Volume: 599,900
04/28/15 - 10:53 AM ET

Financial Analysis


HEARTLAND EXPRESS INC's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2015 has increased when compared to the same period a year ago. Even though sales decreased, the net income has increased, representing an increase to the bottom line. HEARTLAND EXPRESS INC has average liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 1.40 which shows that technically this company has the ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has increased from the same period last year, indicating improving cash flow.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has increased by 20.10% from the same quarter last year. Together, the key liquidity measurements indicate that it is relatively unlikely that the company will face financial difficulties in the near future.

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Income Statement Q1 FY15 Q1 FY14
Net Sales ($mil)187.52224.48
EBITDA ($mil)44.0543.22
EBIT ($mil)18.0818.65
Net Income ($mil)17.6114.08


Balance Sheet Q1 FY15 Q1 FY14
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)52.1716.93
Total Assets ($mil)780.52723.75
Total Debt ($mil)0.062.0
Equity ($mil)492.73410.24


Profitability Q1 FY15 Q1 FY14
Gross Profit Margin23.4919.25
EBITDA Margin23.4919.25
Operating Margin9.648.31
Sales Turnover1.070.93
Return on Assets11.328.97
Return on Equity17.9315.82
Debt Q1 FY15 Q1 FY14
Current Ratio2.051.72
Debt/Capital0.00.13
Interest Expense0.020.16
Interest Coverage951.53120.29


Share Data Q1 FY15 Q1 FY14
Shares outstanding (mil)87.7987.71
Div / share0.020.02
EPS0.20.16
Book value / share5.614.68
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume586172.0364913.0

Valuation


BUY. The current P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 20.09 for the Road & Rail industry and a value on par with the S&P 500 average of 20.65. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 3.93 indicates a premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.85 and a discount versus the industry average of 4.22. The price-to-sales ratio is well above the S&P 500 average, but well below the industry average.


Price/Earnings
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Price/Cash Flow
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
HTLD 21.82 Peers 20.09   HTLD NA Peers 11.35

Average. An average P/E ratio can signify an industry neutral price for a stock and an average growth expectation.

HTLD is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.

 

Neutral. The P/CF ratio is the stock’s price divided by the sum of the company's cash flow from operations. It is useful for comparing companies with different capital requirements or financing structures.

Ratio not available.

 
Price/Projected
Earnings
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Price to
Earnings/Growth
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
HTLD 18.37 Peers 21.48   HTLD 3.49 Peers 1.62

Average. An average price-to-projected earnings ratio can signify an industry neutral stock price and average future growth expectations.

HTLD is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.

 

Premium. 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.

HTLD trades at a significant premium to its peers.

 
Price/Book
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Earnings Growth
1 2 3 4 5
lower   higher
HTLD 3.93 Peers 4.22   HTLD 32.89 Peers 80.63

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.

HTLD is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.

 

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

However, HTLD 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
HTLD 2.32 Peers 3.34   HTLD 24.08 Peers 9.16

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.

HTLD 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.

HTLD has a sales growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.

 

 

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