LABORATORY CP OF AMER HLDGS's gross profit margin for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2015 has decreased when compared to the same period a year ago. Sales and net income have grown, and although the growth in revenues has outpaced the average competitor within the industry, the net income growth has not. LABORATORY CP OF AMER HLDGS has average liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 1.09 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 79.55% 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||Q2 FY15||Q2 FY14|
|Net Sales ($mil)||2269.1||1516.4|
|Net Income ($mil)||168.4||141.3|
|Balance Sheet||Q2 FY15||Q2 FY14|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||619.0||479.5|
|Total Assets ($mil)||14465.2||7144.8|
|Total Debt ($mil)||6787.3||3007.5|
|Profitability||Q2 FY15||Q2 FY14|
|Gross Profit Margin||37.34||40.19|
|Return on Assets||2.94||7.4|
|Return on Equity||8.94||19.91|
|Debt||Q2 FY15||Q2 FY14|
|Share Data||Q2 FY15||Q2 FY14|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||100.8||84.9|
|Div / share||0.0||0.0|
|Book value / share||47.32||31.29|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||1032328.0||1089960.0|
BUY. The current P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 26.14 for the Health Care Providers & Services industry and a premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 19.47. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.44 indicates valuation on par with the S&P 500 average of 2.59 and a discount versus the industry average of 3.67. The price-to-sales ratio is similar to the S&P 500 average, but it is significantly above the industry average, indicating a premium. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, LABORATORY CP OF AMER HLDGS proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.
|LH 24.90||Peers 26.14||LH 15.00||Peers 13.75|
Average. An average P/E ratio can signify an industry neutral price for a stock and an average growth expectation.
LH is trading at a valuation on par with 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.
LH is trading at a valuation on par to its peers.
|LH 13.10||Peers 18.93||LH 0.74||Peers 1.89|
Discount. A lower price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower future growth expectations.
LH 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.
LH trades at a significant discount to its peers.
|LH 2.44||Peers 3.67||LH -22.97||Peers 39.23|
Discount. 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.
LH is trading at a significant discount to its peers.
Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.
However, LH is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.
|LH 1.63||Peers 0.85||LH 21.90||Peers 17.39|
Premium. 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.
LH is trading at a significant premium to its industry.
Higher. A sales growth rate that exceeds the industry implies that a company is gaining market share.
LH has a sales growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.
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