MSA SAFETY INC's gross profit margin for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2015 is essentially unchanged 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. MSA SAFETY INC 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.
During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has decreased by 10.09% 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 ($mil)||287.01||282.49|
|Net Income ($mil)||24.3||22.49|
|Balance Sheet||Q2 FY15||Q2 FY14|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||88.13||96.18|
|Total Assets ($mil)||1286.58||1286.37|
|Total Debt ($mil)||269.67||288.35|
|Profitability||Q2 FY15||Q2 FY14|
|Gross Profit Margin||48.51||48.61|
|Return on Assets||6.68||6.32|
|Return on Equity||15.92||13.42|
|Debt||Q2 FY15||Q2 FY14|
|Share Data||Q2 FY15||Q2 FY14|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||37.48||37.39|
|Div / share||0.32||0.31|
|Book value / share||14.21||15.85|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||157503.0||136689.0|
BUY. The current P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 31.07 for the Commercial Services & Supplies industry and a premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 21.18. Conducting a second comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 3.70 indicates a premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.82 and a significant discount versus the industry average of 5.96. The current price-to-sales ratio is similar to the S&P 500 average, but it is below the industry average, indicating a discount. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, MSA SAFETY INC proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.
|MSA 23.49||Peers 31.07||MSA 19.82||Peers 14.39|
Discount. A lower P/E ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower growth expectations.
MSA is trading at a 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.
MSA is trading at a significant premium to its peers.
|MSA 16.97||Peers 21.48||MSA 2.70||Peers 1.57|
Average. An average price-to-projected earnings ratio can signify an industry neutral stock price and average future growth expectations.
MSA 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.
MSA trades at a significant premium to its peers.
|MSA 3.70||Peers 5.96||MSA 6.16||Peers 122.09|
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.
MSA 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, MSA is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.
|MSA 1.75||Peers 1.95||MSA 2.37||Peers 5.09|
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.
MSA is trading at a discount to its industry on this measurement.
Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.
MSA significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth
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