NATIONAL FUEL GAS CO'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 has grown its sales and net income during the past quarter when compared with the same quarter a year ago, and although its growth in net income has outpaced the industry average, its revenue growth has not. NATIONAL FUEL GAS CO has very weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.38 which clearly shows a lack of 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 increased by 9.83% from the same quarter last year. The key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is in a position in which financial difficulties could develop in the near future.
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|Income Statement||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Net Sales ($mil)||366.62||338.86|
|Net Income ($mil)||57.43||47.84|
|Balance Sheet||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||36.89||64.86|
|Total Assets ($mil)||6739.6||6218.35|
|Total Debt ($mil)||1734.6||1649.0|
|Profitability||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Gross Profit Margin||56.16||53.97|
|Return on Assets||4.44||4.18|
|Return on Equity||12.42||11.84|
|Debt||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Share Data||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||84.16||83.66|
|Div / share||0.39||0.38|
|Book value / share||28.65||26.23|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||501981.0||496994.0|
BUY. NATIONAL FUEL GAS CO's P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 22.31 for the Gas Utilities industry and a value on par with the S&P 500 average of 19.99. Conducting a second comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.38 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 2.76 and a premium versus the industry average of 2.26. The price-to-sales ratio is well above both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a premium.
|NFG 19.30||Peers 22.31||NFG 6.30||Peers 8.62|
Discount. A lower P/E ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower growth expectations.
NFG is trading at a discount 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.
NFG is trading at a significant discount to its peers.
|NFG 18.41||Peers 18.94||NFG NM||Peers 5.39|
Premium. A higher price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher future growth expectations.
NFG is trading at a premium to 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.
NFG's negative PEG ratio makes this valuation measure meaningless.
|NFG 2.38||Peers 2.26||NFG 14.23||Peers 19.49|
Average. 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 valuation on par with 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 2.71||Peers 1.55||NFG 15.49||Peers 17.21|
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.
Average. Comparing a company's sales growth to its industry helps to determine if the company is adding or losing market share.
NFG is keeping pace with its peers on the basis of sales growth.
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