LABORATORY CP OF AMER HLDGS's gross profit margin for the third quarter of its fiscal year 2015 has decreased when compared to the same period a year ago. The company managed to grow both sales and net income at a faster pace than the average competitor in its industry this quarter as compared to the same quarter a year ago. LABORATORY CP OF AMER HLDGS has average liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 1.14 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 77.33% 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||Q3 FY15||Q3 FY14|
|Net Sales ($mil)||2317.3||1551.8|
|Net Income ($mil)||152.9||137.2|
|Balance Sheet||Q3 FY15||Q3 FY14|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||713.0||575.7|
|Total Assets ($mil)||14422.3||7231.8|
|Total Debt ($mil)||6681.2||3014.7|
|Profitability||Q3 FY15||Q3 FY14|
|Gross Profit Margin||36.21||39.4|
|Return on Assets||3.06||7.16|
|Return on Equity||8.99||18.69|
|Debt||Q3 FY15||Q3 FY14|
|Share Data||Q3 FY15||Q3 FY14|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||101.2||84.9|
|Div / share||0.0||0.0|
|Book value / share||48.55||32.64|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||932205.0||1110139.0|
BUY. LABORATORY CP OF AMER HLDGS's P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 20.57 for the Health Care Providers & Services industry and a premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 20.99. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.25 indicates valuation on par with the S&P 500 average of 2.50 and a discount versus the industry average of 3.69. The price-to-sales ratio is below the S&P 500 average, but well above the industry average. The valuation analysis reveals that, LABORATORY CP OF AMER HLDGS seems to be trading at a premium to investment alternatives within the industry.
|LH 24.13||Peers 20.57||LH 12.93||Peers 11.98|
Premium. A higher P/E ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher growth expectations.
LH is trading at a premium to 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 12.42||Peers 16.09||LH 0.72||Peers 1.11|
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 2.25||Peers 3.69||LH -24.13||Peers 36.71|
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 1.40||Peers 0.75||LH 32.95||Peers 14.95|
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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