WEC ENERGY GROUP INC's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2015 has increased when compared to the same period a year ago. The company has grown sales and net income significantly, outpacing the average growth rates of competitors within its industry. WEC ENERGY GROUP INC has very weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.24 which clearly shows a lack of 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 greatly increased by 95.16% from the same quarter last year. The key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is in a position in which financial difficulties could develop in the near future.
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|Income Statement||Q4 FY15||Q4 FY14|
|Net Sales ($mil)||1848.3||1225.1|
|Net Income ($mil)||179.3||121.4|
|Balance Sheet||Q4 FY15||Q4 FY14|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||49.8||61.9|
|Total Assets ($mil)||29355.2||15163.4|
|Total Debt ($mil)||10376.8||5228.1|
|Profitability||Q4 FY15||Q4 FY14|
|Gross Profit Margin||31.75||28.22|
|Return on Assets||2.17||3.87|
|Return on Equity||7.35||13.21|
|Debt||Q4 FY15||Q4 FY14|
|Share Data||Q4 FY15||Q4 FY14|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||315.68||225.52|
|Div / share||0.46||0.39|
|Book value / share||27.51||19.73|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||1927020.0||2041524.0|
BUY. The current P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 20.00 for the Multi-Utilities industry and a value on par with the S&P 500 average of 23.99. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.11 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 2.74 and a discount versus the industry average of 2.41. The price-to-sales ratio is well above both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a premium. The valuation analysis reveals that, WEC ENERGY GROUP INC seems to be trading at a premium to investment alternatives within the industry.
|WEC 24.61||Peers 20.00||WEC 14.17||Peers 7.97|
Premium. A higher P/E ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher growth expectations.
WEC is trading at a 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.
WEC is trading at a significant premium to its peers.
|WEC 18.74||Peers 17.85||WEC 0.99||Peers 1.47|
Premium. A higher price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher future growth expectations.
WEC is trading at a premium 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.
WEC trades at a significant discount to its peers.
|WEC 2.11||Peers 2.41||WEC -8.53||Peers 0.62|
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.
WEC is trading at a discount to its peers.
Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.
However, WEC is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.
|WEC 3.09||Peers 2.43||WEC 18.59||Peers -4.81|
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.
WEC 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.
WEC has a sales growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.
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