3M CO's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2015 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. Sales and net income have dropped, however the growth has outpaced the average competitor within the industry. 3M CO has average liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 1.42 which shows that technically this company has the ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has increased from the same period last year.
During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has decreased by 20.23% 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||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Net Sales ($mil)||7578.0||7831.0|
|Net Income ($mil)||1199.0||1207.0|
|Balance Sheet||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||2809.0||2814.0|
|Total Assets ($mil)||30643.0||33547.0|
|Total Debt ($mil)||6591.0||6577.0|
|Profitability||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Gross Profit Margin||54.05||52.99|
|Return on Assets||16.14||14.12|
|Return on Equity||35.55||27.14|
|Debt||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Share Data||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||634.34||654.28|
|Div / share||1.03||0.86|
|Book value / share||21.94||26.67|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||2258696.0||2426118.0|
BUY. The current P/E ratio indicates a significant discount compared to an average of 213.14 for the Industrial Conglomerates industry and a value on par with the S&P 500 average of 20.83. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 7.39 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.88 and a significant premium versus the industry average of 3.57. The price-to-sales ratio is well above both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a premium.
|MMM 21.46||Peers 213.14||MMM 15.48||Peers 12.47|
Discount. A lower P/E ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower growth expectations.
MMM is trading at a significant discount to its peers.
Premium. 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.
MMM is trading at a premium to its peers.
|MMM 18.52||Peers 21.29||MMM 3.92||Peers 2.67|
Average. An average price-to-projected earnings ratio can signify an industry neutral stock price and average future growth expectations.
MMM is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.
Premium. 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.
MMM trades at a significant premium to its peers.
|MMM 7.39||Peers 3.57||MMM 9.42||Peers -56.86|
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.
MMM 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.
MMM is expected to have an earnings growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.
|MMM 3.26||Peers 2.36||MMM 1.60||Peers 1.55|
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.
MMM is trading at a significant premium to its industry.
Average. Comparing a company's sales growth to its industry helps to determine if the company is adding or losing market share.
MMM is keeping pace with its peers on the basis of sales growth.
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