WESTERN GAS PARTNERS LP's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2015 has decreased when compared to the same period a year ago. Even though sales increased, the net income has decreased. WESTERN GAS PARTNERS LP has weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.84 which 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 55.48% 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||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Net Sales ($mil)||375.09||293.72|
|Net Income ($mil)||83.57||91.06|
|Balance Sheet||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||58.64||83.09|
|Total Assets ($mil)||7094.63||4777.11|
|Total Debt ($mil)||2708.69||1912.84|
|Profitability||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Gross Profit Margin||45.99||50.23|
|Return on Assets||5.25||6.59|
|Return on Equity||9.43||12.39|
|Debt||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Share Data||Q1 FY15||Q1 FY14|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||128.18||117.93|
|Div / share||0.7||0.6|
|Book value / share||30.83||21.55|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||255786.0||281062.0|
BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 32.27 for the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and a significant premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 20.55. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.07 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 2.84 and a significant discount versus the industry average of 10.85. 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, WESTERN GAS PARTNERS LP seems to be trading at a premium to investment alternatives within the industry.
|WES 34.45||Peers 32.27||WES 14.64||Peers 9.77|
Average. An average P/E ratio can signify an industry neutral price for a stock and an average growth expectation.
WES is trading at a valuation on par with 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.
WES is trading at a significant premium to its peers.
|WES 28.84||Peers 41.53||WES NM||Peers 1.77|
Premium. A higher price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher future growth expectations.
WES is trading at a premium to 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.
WES's negative PEG ratio makes this valuation measure meaningless.
|WES 2.07||Peers 10.85||WES -9.32||Peers -15.76|
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.
WES 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.
WES is expected to have an earnings growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.
|WES 5.99||Peers 2.61||WES 24.32||Peers -1.61|
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.
WES 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.
WES has a sales growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.
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