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Pricesmart Inc
PSMT : NASDAQ : Services
$96.95 | %
Today's Range: 96.42 - 97.65
Avg. Daily Volume: 147,900
11/27/15 - 12:59 PM ET

Financial Analysis

PRICESMART INC's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2015 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. PRICESMART INC has weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.51 which shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has increased from the same period last year.

At the same time, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has remained virtually unchanged only increasing by 3.34% 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 Q4 FY15 Q4 FY14
Net Sales ($mil)699.18622.56
EBITDA ($mil)45.0542.01
EBIT ($mil)35.7734.47
Net Income ($mil)22.4521.86

Balance Sheet Q4 FY15 Q4 FY14
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)157.13139.45
Total Assets ($mil)991.69940.22
Total Debt ($mil)97.1491.44
Equity ($mil)566.58548.27

Profitability Q4 FY15 Q4 FY14
Gross Profit Margin17.517.7
EBITDA Margin6.446.74
Operating Margin5.125.54
Sales Turnover2.832.68
Return on Assets8.989.87
Return on Equity15.7316.94
Debt Q4 FY15 Q4 FY14
Current Ratio1.381.33
Interest Expense1.831.87
Interest Coverage19.618.48

Share Data Q4 FY15 Q4 FY14
Shares outstanding (mil)30.1930.21
Div / share0.350.35
Book value / share18.7718.15
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume152361.0171582.0


BUY. PRICESMART INC's P/E ratio indicates a significant premium compared to an average of 20.16 for the Food & Staples Retailing industry and a significant premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 22.01. Conducting a second comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 5.18 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.78 and a premium versus the industry average of 3.68. The current price-to-sales ratio is well below the S&P 500 average, but above the industry average. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, PRICESMART INC proves to trade at a premium to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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PSMT 32.97 Peers 20.16   PSMT 26.57 Peers 11.80

Premium. A higher P/E ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher growth expectations.

PSMT is trading at a significant 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.

PSMT is trading at a significant premium to its peers.

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  Price to
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PSMT 24.81 Peers 18.66   PSMT 2.11 Peers 2.27

Premium. A higher price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher future growth expectations.

PSMT is trading at a significant premium to its peers.


Average. 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.

PSMT trades at a valuation on par to its peers.

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  Earnings Growth
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lower   higher
PSMT 5.18 Peers 3.68   PSMT -3.91 Peers 29.81

Premium. A higher price-to-book ratio makes a stock less attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.

PSMT is trading at a significant premium to its peers.


Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.

However, PSMT is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.

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  Sales Growth
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premium   discount
PSMT 1.05 Peers 0.56   PSMT 11.32 Peers 9.87

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.

PSMT is trading at a significant premium to its industry.


Higher. A sales growth rate that exceeds the industry implies that a company is gaining market share.

PSMT has a sales growth rate that exceeds its peers.



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