NATIONAL FUEL GAS CO's gross profit margin for the third quarter of its fiscal year 2015 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. NATIONAL FUEL GAS CO has average liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 1.06 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 remained virtually unchanged only decreasing by 3.98% 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||Q3 FY15||Q3 FY14|
|Net Sales ($mil)||339.82||440.14|
|Net Income ($mil)||-293.13||64.52|
|Balance Sheet||Q3 FY15||Q3 FY14|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||310.03||102.65|
|Total Assets ($mil)||6889.67||6588.46|
|Total Debt ($mil)||2099.0||1649.0|
|Profitability||Q3 FY15||Q3 FY14|
|Gross Profit Margin||52.78||50.85|
|Return on Assets||-1.94||4.39|
|Return on Equity||-5.97||12.38|
|Debt||Q3 FY15||Q3 FY14|
|Share Data||Q3 FY15||Q3 FY14|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||84.53||84.09|
|Div / share||0.4||0.39|
|Book value / share||26.59||27.84|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||505553.0||430723.0|
HOLD. The current P/E ratio is negative, which has no meaningful value in the assessment of premium or discount valuation, it simply displays that the company has negative earnings. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 1.88 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 2.58 and a discount versus the industry average of 2.31. The price-to-sales ratio is well above both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a premium. The valuation analysis reveals that, NATIONAL FUEL GAS CO seems to be trading at a premium to investment alternatives within the industry.
|NFG NM||Peers 24.02||NFG 4.70||Peers 6.92|
Neutral. The absence of a valid P/E ratio happens when a stock can not be valued on the basis of a negative stream of earnings.
NFG's P/E is negative making this valuation measure meaningless.
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.
NFG is trading at a significant discount to its peers.
|NFG 16.82||Peers 18.56||NFG NA||Peers 5.23|
Average. An average price-to-projected earnings ratio can signify an industry neutral stock price and average future growth expectations.
NFG is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.
Neutral. 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.
Ratio not available.
|NFG 1.88||Peers 2.31||NFG -145.61||Peers 36.38|
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.
NFG 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, NFG is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.
|NFG 2.31||Peers 1.51||NFG -12.42||Peers -7.94|
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.
NFG is trading at a significant premium to its industry.
Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.
NFG significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth
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