PRAXAIR 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. Sales and net income have dropped, although the growth in net income underperformed the average competitor within the industry, the revenue growth did not. PRAXAIR INC has weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.77 which shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has increased from the same period last year.
During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has decreased by 14.91% 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 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Net Sales ($mil)||2990.0||3010.0|
|Net Income ($mil)||302.0||474.0|
|Balance Sheet||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||126.0||138.0|
|Total Assets ($mil)||19802.0||20255.0|
|Total Debt ($mil)||9258.0||8811.0|
|Profitability||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Gross Profit Margin||43.51||43.55|
|Return on Assets||8.55||8.66|
|Return on Equity||30.12||26.55|
|Debt||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Share Data||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||289.26||294.13|
|Div / share||0.65||0.6|
|Book value / share||19.44||22.47|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||1282954.0||1406506.0|
BUY. PRAXAIR INC's P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 27.33 for the Chemicals industry and a value on par with the S&P 500 average of 19.72. Conducting a second comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 6.28 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.78 and a premium versus the industry average of 5.64. The price-to-sales ratio is well above both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a premium.
|PX 21.26||Peers 27.33||PX 12.31||Peers 15.68|
Discount. A lower P/E ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower growth expectations.
PX 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.
PX is trading at a discount to its peers.
|PX 17.49||Peers 18.35||PX 2.08||Peers 1.82|
Average. An average price-to-projected earnings ratio can signify an industry neutral stock price and average future growth expectations.
PX is trading at a valuation on par with 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.
PX trades at a premium to its peers.
|PX 6.28||Peers 5.64||PX -2.22||Peers 16.73|
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.
PX is trading at a premium to its peers.
Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.
However, PX is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.
|PX 2.88||Peers 2.32||PX 2.91||Peers 3.03|
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.
PX is trading at a premium to its industry on this measurement.
Average. Comparing a company's sales growth to its industry helps to determine if the company is adding or losing market share.
PX is keeping pace with its peers on the basis of sales growth.
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