HEARTLAND EXPRESS INC's gross profit margin for the third quarter of its fiscal year 2014 has decreased when compared to the same period a year ago. The company has grown sales and net income significantly, outpacing the average growth rates of competitors within its industry. HEARTLAND EXPRESS INC has average liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 1.10 which shows that technically this company has the 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 greatly increased by 33.49% 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||Q3 FY14||Q3 FY13|
|Net Sales ($mil)||217.09||130.64|
|Net Income ($mil)||22.74||15.87|
|Balance Sheet||Q3 FY14||Q3 FY13|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||23.32||171.07|
|Total Assets ($mil)||751.62||537.45|
|Total Debt ($mil)||21.0||0.0|
|Profitability||Q3 FY14||Q3 FY13|
|Gross Profit Margin||24.32||28.05|
|Return on Assets||10.52||12.84|
|Return on Equity||17.33||20.19|
|Debt||Q3 FY14||Q3 FY13|
|Share Data||Q3 FY14||Q3 FY13|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||87.78||84.84|
|Div / share||0.02||0.02|
|Book value / share||5.2||4.03|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||376277.0||402589.0|
BUY. HEARTLAND EXPRESS INC's P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 23.63 for the Road & Rail industry and a premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 19.91. Conducting a second comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 5.03 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.75 and a premium versus the industry average of 4.39. The price-to-sales ratio is well above the S&P 500 average, but well below the industry average. After reviewing these and other key valuation criteria, HEARTLAND EXPRESS INC proves to trade at a premium to investment alternatives within the industry.
|HTLD 29.03||Peers 23.63||HTLD 13.93||Peers 13.44|
Premium. A higher P/E ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher growth expectations.
HTLD 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.
HTLD is trading at a valuation on par to its peers.
|HTLD 22.82||Peers 21.12||HTLD 1.61||Peers 1.80|
Premium. A higher price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher future growth expectations.
HTLD 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.
HTLD trades at a discount to its peers.
|HTLD 5.03||Peers 4.39||HTLD 9.75||Peers 55.19|
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.
HTLD is trading at a premium to 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.
|HTLD 2.69||Peers 3.81||HTLD 59.16||Peers 9.40|
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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