NISOURCE INC'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 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. NISOURCE INC has very weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.20 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.
At the same time, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has remained virtually unchanged only increasing by 4.90% 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 ($mil)||1691.1||1596.8|
|Net Income ($mil)||154.2||151.8|
|Balance Sheet||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||50.3||34.8|
|Total Assets ($mil)||24866.3||22653.9|
|Total Debt ($mil)||9999.4||8834.0|
|Profitability||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Gross Profit Margin||29.11||30.04|
|Return on Assets||2.13||2.34|
|Return on Equity||8.59||8.33|
|Debt||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Share Data||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||316.04||313.68|
|Div / share||0.26||0.25|
|Book value / share||19.54||18.77|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||1964033.0||2205935.0|
BUY. NISOURCE INC's P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 21.10 for the Multi-Utilities industry and a premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 19.72. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.21 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 2.78 and a discount versus the industry average of 2.40. The current price-to-sales ratio is above the S&P 500 average, but below the industry average.
|NI 25.56||Peers 21.10||NI 10.35||Peers 8.82|
Premium. A higher P/E ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher growth expectations.
NI is trading at a premium to its peers.
Premium. 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 premium to its peers.
|NI 22.15||Peers 17.29||NI 2.85||Peers 2.13|
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 significant premium to its peers.
Premium. 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 premium to its peers.
|NI 2.21||Peers 2.40||NI 7.64||Peers 1.39|
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.
NI is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.
Higher. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.
NI is expected to have an earnings growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.
|NI 2.11||Peers 2.17||NI 14.37||Peers 3.25|
Average. 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 valuation on par with its industry on this measurement.
Higher. A sales growth rate that exceeds the industry implies that a company is gaining market share.
NI has a sales growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.
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