NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORP'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. Even though sales decreased, the net income has increased, representing an increase to the bottom line. NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORP has average liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 1.13 which shows that technically this company has the 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 significantly decreased by 31.87% from the same quarter last year. Together, the key liquidity measurements indicate that it is relatively unlikely that the company will face financial difficulties in the near future.
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|Income Statement||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Net Sales ($mil)||6033.0||6157.0|
|Net Income ($mil)||506.0||478.0|
|Balance Sheet||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||3863.0||5150.0|
|Total Assets ($mil)||26572.0||26381.0|
|Total Debt ($mil)||5928.0||5930.0|
|Profitability||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Gross Profit Margin||25.19||24.02|
|Return on Assets||7.78||7.39|
|Return on Equity||28.59||18.38|
|Debt||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Share Data||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||198.93||217.6|
|Div / share||0.7||0.61|
|Book value / share||36.37||48.81|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||1414122.0||1456527.0|
BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 21.56 for the Aerospace & Defense industry and a discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 20.44. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 4.52 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.82 and a significant discount versus the industry average of 13.75. The price-to-sales ratio is below both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a discount. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORP proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.
|NOC 16.90||Peers 21.56||NOC 12.63||Peers 14.74|
Discount. A lower P/E ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower growth expectations.
NOC 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.
NOC is trading at a discount to its peers.
|NOC 15.53||Peers 18.36||NOC NM||Peers 3.52|
Average. An average price-to-projected earnings ratio can signify an industry neutral stock price and average future growth expectations.
NOC is trading at a valuation on par with 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.
NOC's negative PEG ratio makes this valuation measure meaningless.
|NOC 4.52||Peers 13.75||NOC 16.78||Peers 14.94|
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.
NOC is trading at a significant discount to its peers.
Higher. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.
NOC is expected to have an earnings growth rate that exceeds its peers.
|NOC 1.37||Peers 1.68||NOC -3.07||Peers 2.86|
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.
NOC is trading at a discount to its industry on this measurement.
Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.
NOC significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth
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