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Heartland Express Inc
HTLD : NASDAQ : Services
$18.11 -0.38 | -2.06%
Today's Range: 18.01 - 18.67
Avg. Daily Volume: 690,300
04/29/16 - 3:59 PM ET

Financial Analysis


HEARTLAND EXPRESS INC's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2016 has increased 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. HEARTLAND EXPRESS INC has strong liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 1.71 which shows the ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company managed to increase its liquidity from the same period a year ago, despite already having strong liquidity to begin with. This would indicate improved cash flow.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has remained virtually unchanged only decreasing by 4.90% 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 Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Net Sales ($mil)162.79187.52
EBITDA ($mil)44.6744.05
EBIT ($mil)18.9618.08
Net Income ($mil)14.3817.61


Balance Sheet Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)69.7570.37
Total Assets ($mil)726.79780.52
Total Debt ($mil)0.00.0
Equity ($mil)468.55492.73


Profitability Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Gross Profit Margin27.4423.49
EBITDA Margin27.4323.49
Operating Margin11.659.64
Sales Turnover0.981.07
Return on Assets9.611.32
Return on Equity14.917.93
Debt Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Current Ratio1.992.05
Debt/Capital0.00.0
Interest Expense0.00.02
Interest Coverage0.0951.53


Share Data Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Shares outstanding (mil)83.2387.79
Div / share0.020.02
EPS0.170.2
Book value / share5.635.61
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume695968.0726532.0

Valuation


BUY. The current P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 16.21 for the Road & Rail industry and a value on par with the S&P 500 average of 24.18. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 3.20 indicates a premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.76 and a discount versus the industry average of 3.32. The price-to-sales ratio is 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 22.27 Peers 16.21   HTLD 7.84 Peers 8.99

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

HTLD is trading at a significant premium to its peers.

 

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.

HTLD is trading at a discount to its peers.

 
Price/Projected
Earnings
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Price to
Earnings/Growth
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
HTLD 20.04 Peers 17.75   HTLD NM Peers 3.07

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.

 

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.

HTLD's negative PEG ratio makes this valuation measure meaningless.

 
Price/Book
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Earnings Growth
1 2 3 4 5
lower   higher
HTLD 3.20 Peers 3.32   HTLD -19.81 Peers 10.12

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 2.11 Peers 2.97   HTLD -14.72 Peers -4.88

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.

 

Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.

HTLD significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth

 

 

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