NIELSEN HOLDINGS NV's gross profit margin for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2015 is essentially unchanged 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. NIELSEN HOLDINGS NV has weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.95 which 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 decreased by 18.83% from the same quarter last year. Overall, the key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is in a position in which financial difficulties could develop in the future.
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|Income Statement||Q2 FY15||Q2 FY14|
|Net Sales ($mil)||1559.0||1594.0|
|Net Income ($mil)||114.0||74.0|
|Balance Sheet||Q2 FY15||Q2 FY14|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||331.0||310.0|
|Total Assets ($mil)||15465.0||15556.0|
|Total Debt ($mil)||7473.0||6692.0|
|Profitability||Q2 FY15||Q2 FY14|
|Gross Profit Margin||58.43||57.53|
|Return on Assets||2.77||2.64|
|Return on Equity||9.17||7.37|
|Debt||Q2 FY15||Q2 FY14|
|Share Data||Q2 FY15||Q2 FY14|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||366.86||380.3|
|Div / share||0.28||0.25|
|Book value / share||12.75||15.15|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||2079812.0||2985311.0|
BUY. NIELSEN HOLDINGS NV's P/E ratio indicates a significant premium compared to an average of 30.28 for the Professional Services industry and a significant premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 20.51. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 3.72 indicates a premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.73 and a discount versus the industry average of 5.04. The current price-to-sales ratio is well above the S&P 500 average, but below the industry average.
|NLSN 41.61||Peers 30.28||NLSN 15.64||Peers 18.06|
Premium. A higher P/E ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher growth expectations.
NLSN 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.
NLSN is trading at a discount to its peers.
|NLSN 15.97||Peers 20.86||NLSN 0.25||Peers 0.71|
Discount. A lower price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower future growth expectations.
NLSN is trading at a discount 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.
NLSN trades at a significant discount to its peers.
|NLSN 3.72||Peers 5.04||NLSN 3.63||Peers 37.73|
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.
NLSN is trading at a significant discount to its peers.
Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.
However, NLSN is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.
|NLSN 2.80||Peers 3.08||NLSN 2.31||Peers 10.69|
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.
NLSN is trading at a valuation on par with its industry on this measurement.
Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.
NLSN significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth
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