WATERS CORP's gross profit margin for the first 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.
At the same time, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has remained virtually unchanged only increasing by 2.35% from the same quarter last year.
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|Income Statement||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Net Sales ($mil)||460.4||430.51|
|Net Income ($mil)||96.06||70.3|
|Balance Sheet||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||2109.05||1853.2|
|Total Assets ($mil)||3872.73||3649.74|
|Total Debt ($mil)||1485.32||1332.1|
|Profitability||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Gross Profit Margin||58.36||60.51|
|Return on Assets||11.81||10.93|
|Return on Equity||24.56||21.94|
|Debt||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Share Data||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||83.15||84.78|
|Div / share||0.0||0.0|
|Book value / share||22.4||21.46|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||386344.0||444391.0|
BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a significant discount compared to an average of 37.75 for the Life Sciences Tools & Services industry and a premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 20.38. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 5.59 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.81 and a discount versus the industry average of 5.97. The price-to-sales ratio is well above the S&P 500 average, but well below the industry average. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, WATERS CORP proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.
|WAT 23.10||Peers 37.75||WAT NA||Peers 27.96|
Discount. A lower P/E ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower growth expectations.
WAT is trading at a significant discount to its peers.
Neutral. The P/CF ratio is the stock’s price divided by the sum of the company's cash flow from operations. It is useful for comparing companies with different capital requirements or financing structures.
Ratio not available.
|WAT 19.81||Peers 26.92||WAT 1.67||Peers 1.82|
Discount. A lower price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower future growth expectations.
WAT is trading at a discount 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.
WAT trades at a valuation on par to its peers.
|WAT 5.59||Peers 5.97||WAT 16.81||Peers 29.19|
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.
WAT is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.
Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.
However, WAT is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.
|WAT 5.15||Peers 54.80||WAT 6.03||Peers 19.91|
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.
WAT is trading at a significant discount to its industry on this measurement.
Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.
WAT significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth
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