LAZARD LTD's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2015 has significantly decreased when compared to the same period a year ago. Sales and net income have dropped, although the growth in revenues underperformed the average competitor within the industry, the net income growth did not.
At the same time, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has greatly increased by 85.84% from the same quarter last year.
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|Income Statement||Q4 FY15||Q4 FY14|
|Net Sales ($mil)||604.98||647.79|
|Net Income ($mil)||157.79||172.38|
|Balance Sheet||Q4 FY15||Q4 FY14|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||1556.89||1317.63|
|Total Assets ($mil)||4486.77||3332.24|
|Total Debt ($mil)||0.0||1069.66|
|Profitability||Q4 FY15||Q4 FY14|
|Gross Profit Margin||24.97||34.27|
|Return on Assets||21.98||12.82|
|Return on Equity||75.09||60.45|
|Debt||Q4 FY15||Q4 FY14|
|Share Data||Q4 FY15||Q4 FY14|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||125.5||122.32|
|Div / share||0.35||0.3|
|Book value / share||10.47||5.78|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||1071055.0||959094.0|
BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 14.34 for the Capital Markets industry and a significant discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 21.13. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 3.22 indicates a premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.51 and a significant premium versus the industry average of 1.53. The price-to-sales ratio is similar to the S&P 500 average, but it is significantly below the industry average, indicating a discount. The valuation analysis reveals that, LAZARD LTD seems to be trading at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.
|LAZ 4.55||Peers 14.34||LAZ NA||Peers 8.98|
Discount. A lower P/E ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower growth expectations.
LAZ is trading at a significant discount to 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.
|LAZ 8.65||Peers 12.17||LAZ 0.97||Peers 9.04|
Discount. A lower price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower future growth expectations.
LAZ is trading at a discount 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.
LAZ trades at a significant discount to its peers.
|LAZ 3.22||Peers 1.53||LAZ 130.84||Peers 42.23|
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 1.76||Peers 2.79||LAZ 1.85||Peers 0.79|
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 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.
LAZ has a sales growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.
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