MSA SAFETY INC's gross profit margin for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2014 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. Sales and net income have dropped, underperforming the average competitor within its industry. MSA SAFETY INC has strong liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 1.58 which shows the ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has decreased from the same period last year, indicating deteriorating cash flow.
During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has increased by 22.59% from the same quarter last year. The key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is unlikely to face financial difficulties in the near future.
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|Income Statement||Q2 FY14||Q2 FY13|
|Net Sales ($mil)||282.49||285.86|
|Net Income ($mil)||22.49||24.04|
|Balance Sheet||Q2 FY14||Q2 FY13|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||96.18||82.41|
|Total Assets ($mil)||1286.37||1141.24|
|Total Debt ($mil)||288.35||300.35|
|Profitability||Q2 FY14||Q2 FY13|
|Gross Profit Margin||48.61||48.13|
|Return on Assets||6.27||7.18|
|Return on Equity||13.31||16.68|
|Debt||Q2 FY14||Q2 FY13|
|Share Data||Q2 FY14||Q2 FY13|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||37.39||37.17|
|Div / share||0.31||0.3|
|Book value / share||15.85||13.0|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||108201.0||126014.0|
BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a significant discount compared to an average of 66.16 for the Commercial Services & Supplies industry and a premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 19.94. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 3.38 indicates a premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.76 and a discount versus the industry average of 3.93. 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 25.62||Peers 66.16||MSA 19.12||Peers 13.59|
Discount. A lower P/E ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower growth expectations.
MSA 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.
MSA is trading at a significant premium to its peers.
|MSA 18.59||Peers 22.35||MSA 14.64||Peers 3.64|
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 3.38||Peers 3.93||MSA -2.34||Peers 103.74|
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 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 1.81||Peers 2.03||MSA -2.87||Peers 27.34|
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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