LAZARD LTD'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 increased, the net income has decreased.
During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has remained virtually unchanged only decreasing by 2.62% from the same quarter last year.
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|Income Statement||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Net Sales ($mil)||592.96||547.93|
|Net Income ($mil)||55.95||80.84|
|Balance Sheet||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||870.66||1005.44|
|Total Assets ($mil)||2827.73||2898.2|
|Total Debt ($mil)||1011.63||1068.93|
|Profitability||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Gross Profit Margin||26.81||24.05|
|Return on Assets||14.23||7.78|
|Return on Equity||85.05||46.45|
|Debt||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Share Data||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||126.01||123.0|
|Div / share||1.3||0.3|
|Book value / share||3.75||3.95|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||807850.0||834597.0|
BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 21.61 for the Capital Markets industry and a discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 20.83. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 15.04 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.88 and a significant premium versus the industry average of 2.34. The price-to-sales ratio is well above the S&P 500 average, but well below the industry average. The valuation analysis reveals that, LAZARD LTD seems to be trading at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.
|LAZ 18.69||Peers 21.61||LAZ 9.64||Peers 18.87|
Discount. A lower P/E ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower growth expectations.
LAZ is trading at a discount 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.
LAZ is trading at a significant discount to its peers.
|LAZ 13.96||Peers 15.72||LAZ 1.50||Peers 2.16|
Average. An average price-to-projected earnings ratio can signify an industry neutral stock price and average future growth expectations.
LAZ is trading at a valuation on par with 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.
LAZ trades at a significant discount to its peers.
|LAZ 15.04||Peers 2.34||LAZ 77.64||Peers 23.07|
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.
LAZ is trading at a significant premium to its peers.
Higher. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.
LAZ is expected to have an earnings growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.
|LAZ 2.96||Peers 3.65||LAZ 9.86||Peers 4.07|
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.
LAZ is trading at a discount to its industry on this measurement.
Higher. A sales growth rate that exceeds the industry implies that a company is gaining market share.
LAZ has a sales growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.
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