NATIONAL FUEL GAS CO's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2015 has increased when compared to the same period a year ago. Even though sales decreased, the net income has increased, representing an increase to the bottom line. NATIONAL FUEL GAS CO has very weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.37 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 15.65% 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||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Net Sales ($mil)||523.91||550.07|
|Net Income ($mil)||84.74||82.25|
|Balance Sheet||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||43.92||23.88|
|Total Assets ($mil)||7145.09||6264.98|
|Total Debt ($mil)||1821.9||1649.0|
|Profitability||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Gross Profit Margin||50.26||46.12|
|Return on Assets||4.22||4.37|
|Return on Equity||11.59||12.18|
|Debt||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Share Data||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||84.26||83.74|
|Div / share||0.39||0.38|
|Book value / share||30.89||26.88|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||468662.0||538187.0|
BUY. NATIONAL FUEL GAS CO's P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 23.11 for the Gas Utilities industry and a value on par with the S&P 500 average of 19.08. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.09 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 2.69 and a discount versus the industry average of 2.37. The price-to-sales ratio is well above both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a premium. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, NATIONAL FUEL GAS CO proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.
|NFG 18.18||Peers 23.11||NFG 5.92||Peers 9.10|
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 18.08||Peers 19.61||NFG NM||Peers 4.22|
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 2.09||Peers 2.37||NFG 9.53||Peers 19.73|
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 2.61||Peers 1.61||NFG 8.31||Peers 16.48|
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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