WASTE MANAGEMENT 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. Even though sales decreased, the net income has increased, representing an increase to the bottom line. WASTE MANAGEMENT INC has weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.93 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 2.78% 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 ($mil)||3437.0||3500.0|
|Net Income ($mil)||590.0||-605.0|
|Balance Sheet||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||1307.0||58.0|
|Total Assets ($mil)||21412.0||22603.0|
|Total Debt ($mil)||9435.0||10226.0|
|Profitability||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Gross Profit Margin||37.56||35.89|
|Return on Assets||6.06||0.43|
|Return on Equity||22.12||1.71|
|Debt||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Share Data||Q4 FY14||Q4 FY13|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||458.54||464.32|
|Div / share||0.38||0.37|
|Book value / share||12.79||12.29|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||2328880.0||2157786.0|
BUY. WASTE MANAGEMENT INC's P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 27.39 for the Commercial Services & Supplies industry and a value on par with the S&P 500 average of 20.57. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 4.22 indicates a premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.84 and a discount versus the industry average of 5.62. The current price-to-sales ratio is similar to the S&P 500 average, but it is below the industry average, indicating a discount. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, WASTE MANAGEMENT INC proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.
|WM 19.28||Peers 27.39||WM 10.62||Peers 14.27|
Discount. A lower P/E ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower growth expectations.
WM is trading at a significant 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.
WM is trading at a significant discount to its peers.
|WM 20.07||Peers 22.03||WM NM||Peers 1.14|
Average. An average price-to-projected earnings ratio can signify an industry neutral stock price and average future growth expectations.
WM is trading at a valuation on par with 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.
WM's negative PEG ratio makes this valuation measure meaningless.
|WM 4.22||Peers 5.62||WM 1233.33||Peers 264.30|
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.
WM is trading at a discount to its peers.
Higher. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.
WM is expected to have an earnings growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.
|WM 1.77||Peers 2.04||WM 0.09||Peers 5.43|
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.
WM is trading at a discount to its industry on this measurement.
Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.
WM significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth
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