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Lazard Ltd
LAZ : NYSE : Financial
$46.62 up0.09 | 0.19%
Today's Range: 45.70 - 46.63
Avg. Daily Volume: 877,800
10/09/15 - 9:47 AM ET

Financial Analysis

LAZARD LTD's gross profit margin for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2015 has significantly increased when compared to the same period a year ago. The company has grown its sales and net income during the past quarter when compared with the same quarter a year ago, and although its growth in net income has outpaced the industry average, its revenue growth has not.

At the same time, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has greatly increased by 62.02% from the same quarter last year.

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Income Statement Q2 FY15 Q2 FY14
Net Sales ($mil)619.23581.45
EBITDA ($mil)180.59123.04
EBIT ($mil)170.71113.54
Net Income ($mil)374.1185.19

Balance Sheet Q2 FY15 Q2 FY14
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)1022.581074.43
Total Assets ($mil)4151.943079.48
Total Debt ($mil)1011.951070.98
Equity ($mil)810.2500.06

Profitability Q2 FY15 Q2 FY14
Gross Profit Margin29.1621.16
EBITDA Margin29.1621.16
Operating Margin27.5719.53
Sales Turnover0.590.73
Return on Assets16.659.07
Return on Equity85.3255.89
Debt Q2 FY15 Q2 FY14
Current Ratio0.00.0
Interest Expense11.515.71
Interest Coverage14.857.23

Share Data Q2 FY15 Q2 FY14
Shares outstanding (mil)126.09122.04
Div / share0.350.3
Book value / share6.434.1
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume853816.0726045.0


BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 16.57 for the Capital Markets industry and a significant discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 19.38. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 6.67 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.58 and a significant premium versus the industry average of 1.86. 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.

1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Price/Cash Flow
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
LAZ 8.24 Peers 16.57   LAZ 6.46 Peers 13.97

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.


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.

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premium   discount
  Price to
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
LAZ 10.71 Peers 13.54   LAZ 0.36 Peers 9.72

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.

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  Earnings Growth
1 2 3 4 5
lower   higher
LAZ 6.67 Peers 1.86   LAZ 147.61 Peers 248.06

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.


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

However, LAZ is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.

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  Sales Growth
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
LAZ 2.21 Peers 2.97   LAZ 8.02 Peers 7.70

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.


Average. Comparing a company's sales growth to its industry helps to determine if the company is adding or losing market share.

LAZ is keeping pace with its peers on the basis of sales growth.



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