MSA SAFETY INC's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2014 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 1.39 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 5.76% 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||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Net Sales ($mil)||311.19||291.43|
|Net Income ($mil)||32.69||25.41|
|Balance Sheet||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||108.7||99.07|
|Total Assets ($mil)||1264.79||1234.27|
|Total Debt ($mil)||251.7||268.17|
|Profitability||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Gross Profit Margin||47.48||47.15|
|Return on Assets||6.99||7.14|
|Return on Equity||16.37||15.14|
|Debt||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Share Data||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||37.45||37.2|
|Div / share||0.31||0.3|
|Book value / share||14.25||15.23|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||150762.0||121488.0|
BUY. MSA SAFETY INC's P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 27.09 for the Commercial Services & Supplies industry and a value on par with the S&P 500 average of 19.41. Conducting a second comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 3.45 indicates a premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.74 and a significant discount versus the industry average of 5.57. The price-to-sales ratio is below both the S&P 500 average and 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 21.28||Peers 27.09||MSA 17.20||Peers 14.26|
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 premium to its peers.
|MSA 14.87||Peers 21.76||MSA 1.53||Peers 1.38|
Discount. A lower price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower future growth expectations.
MSA is trading at a discount to 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 premium to its peers.
|MSA 3.45||Peers 5.57||MSA 1.31||Peers 263.72|
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 1.62||Peers 2.01||MSA 1.96||Peers 5.64|
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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