LEGG MASON INC's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2014 has decreased when compared to the same period a year ago. The company has grown sales and net income during the past quarter when compared with the same quarter a year ago, however, it was unable to keep up with the growth of the average competitor within its industry.
During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has remained virtually unchanged only decreasing by 4.75% from the same quarter last year.
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|Income Statement||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Net Sales ($mil)||702.35||681.4|
|Net Income ($mil)||82.96||68.95|
|Balance Sheet||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||0.0||1446.04|
|Total Assets ($mil)||0.0||7111.35|
|Total Debt ($mil)||1000.0||1118.44|
|Profitability||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Gross Profit Margin||19.6||21.05|
|Return on Assets||0.0||4.0|
|Return on Equity||5.26||6.02|
|Debt||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Share Data||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||112.99||117.17|
|Div / share||0.16||0.13|
|Book value / share||39.83||40.32|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||847163.0||1094873.0|
BUY. LEGG MASON INC's P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 21.61 for the Capital Markets industry and a premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 20.83. Conducting a second comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 1.35 indicates a significant discount versus the S&P 500 average of 2.88 and a discount versus the industry average of 2.34. The price-to-sales ratio is above the S&P 500 average, but well below the industry average.
|LM 26.24||Peers 21.61||LM NA||Peers 18.87|
Premium. A higher P/E ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher growth expectations.
LM is trading at a premium 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.
|LM 13.62||Peers 15.72||LM 0.61||Peers 2.16|
Average. An average price-to-projected earnings ratio can signify an industry neutral stock price and average future growth expectations.
LM 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.
LM trades at a significant discount to its peers.
|LM 1.35||Peers 2.34||LM -12.02||Peers 23.07|
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.
LM 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, LM is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.
|LM 2.16||Peers 3.65||LM 2.75||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.
LM is trading at a significant discount to its industry on this measurement.
Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.
LM significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth
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