NISOURCE INC's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2015 has significantly increased when compared to the same period a year ago. Sales and net income have dropped, underperforming the average competitor within its industry. NISOURCE INC has very weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.18 which clearly shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity decreased from the same period a year ago, despite already having very weak liquidity to begin with. This would indicate deteriorating cash flow.
At the same time, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has significantly decreased by 37.76% 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 FY15||Q4 FY14|
|Net Sales ($mil)||1097.8||1393.3|
|Net Income ($mil)||59.4||154.2|
|Balance Sheet||Q4 FY15||Q4 FY14|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||45.2||50.3|
|Total Assets ($mil)||17492.5||24866.3|
|Total Debt ($mil)||6949.6||9999.4|
|Profitability||Q4 FY15||Q4 FY14|
|Gross Profit Margin||32.15||25.17|
|Return on Assets||1.63||2.13|
|Return on Equity||4.76||4.14|
|Debt||Q4 FY15||Q4 FY14|
|Share Data||Q4 FY15||Q4 FY14|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||319.11||316.04|
|Div / share||0.16||0.26|
|Book value / share||12.04||19.54|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||2813606.0||2608181.0|
BUY. NISOURCE INC's P/E ratio indicates a significant premium compared to an average of 19.23 for the Multi-Utilities industry and a significant premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 24.17. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 1.84 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 2.76 and a discount versus the industry average of 2.34. The price-to-sales ratio is below the S&P 500 average and is well below the industry average, indicating a discount.
|NI 38.82||Peers 19.23||NI 4.85||Peers 7.76|
Premium. A higher P/E ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher growth expectations.
NI 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.
NI is trading at a significant discount to its peers.
|NI 19.41||Peers 17.37||NI 0.46||Peers 1.43|
Premium. A higher price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher future growth expectations.
NI is trading at a 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.
NI trades at a significant discount to its peers.
|NI 1.84||Peers 2.34||NI -29.63||Peers 2.97|
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.
NI 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, NI is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.
|NI 1.52||Peers 2.36||NI -11.78||Peers -4.98|
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.
NI is trading at a significant discount to its industry on this measurement.
Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.
NI significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth
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