MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS INC's gross profit margin for the third 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. MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS INC has strong liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 1.65 which shows the ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company managed to increase its liquidity from the same period a year ago, despite already having strong liquidity to begin with. This would indicate improved cash flow.
At the same time, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has greatly increased by 31.97% 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||Q3 FY14||Q3 FY13|
|Net Sales ($mil)||318.5||299.4|
|Net Income ($mil)||18.5||14.1|
|Balance Sheet||Q3 FY14||Q3 FY13|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||150.9||69.2|
|Total Assets ($mil)||1302.9||1230.4|
|Total Debt ($mil)||600.8||600.9|
|Profitability||Q3 FY14||Q3 FY13|
|Gross Profit Margin||34.95||34.94|
|Return on Assets||3.28||2.5|
|Return on Equity||13.4||8.79|
|Debt||Q3 FY14||Q3 FY13|
|Share Data||Q3 FY14||Q3 FY13|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||159.66||158.04|
|Div / share||0.02||0.02|
|Book value / share||2.15||1.65|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||1005172.0||1095312.0|
HOLD. MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS INC's P/E ratio indicates a significant premium compared to an average of 20.77 for the Machinery industry and a significant premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 19.67. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 4.05 indicates a premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.72 and a premium versus the industry average of 3.25. The current price-to-sales ratio is well below the S&P 500 average and is also below the industry average, indicating a discount. After reviewing these and other key valuation criteria, MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS INC proves to trade at a premium to investment alternatives within the industry.
|MWA 31.11||Peers 20.77||MWA 10.53||Peers 15.17|
Premium. A higher P/E ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher growth expectations.
MWA is trading at a significant premium to its peers.
Discount. 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.
MWA is trading at a significant discount to its peers.
|MWA 19.36||Peers 17.96||MWA 0.81||Peers 1.19|
Premium. A higher price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher future growth expectations.
MWA is trading at a significant premium to 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.
MWA trades at a significant discount to its peers.
|MWA 4.05||Peers 3.25||MWA 86.66||Peers 851.91|
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.
MWA is trading at a premium to its peers.
Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.
However, MWA is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.
|MWA 1.20||Peers 1.60||MWA 4.37||Peers 3.14|
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.
MWA is trading at a significant discount to its industry on this measurement.
Higher. A sales growth rate that exceeds the industry implies that a company is gaining market share.
MWA has a sales growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.
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