Accenture PLC

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ACN : NYSE : Technology
$115.59 | %
Today's Range: 114.91 - 116.00
Avg. Daily Volume: 2,390,300
10/21/16 - 4:01 PM ET

Financial Analysis

ACCENTURE PLC's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2016 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. ACCENTURE PLC has average liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 1.25 which shows that technically this company has the ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has increased from the same period last year, indicating improving cash flow.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has increased by 23.17% from the same quarter last year. Together, the key liquidity measurements indicate that it is relatively unlikely that the company will face financial difficulties in the near future.

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Income Statement Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Net Sales ($mil)8965.588364.51
EBITDA ($mil)0.00.0
EBIT ($mil)1195.21093.61
Net Income ($mil)1069.23737.63

Balance Sheet Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)4908.484363.21
Total Assets ($mil)20629.218266.06
Total Debt ($mil)27.2327.44
Equity ($mil)7555.266133.73

Profitability Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Gross Profit Margin29.6229.94
EBITDA Margin0.00.0
Operating Margin13.3313.07
Sales Turnover1.691.8
Return on Assets19.9316.71
Return on Equity54.4249.78
Debt Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Current Ratio1.341.36
Interest Expense3.953.83
Interest Coverage302.43285.39

Share Data Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Shares outstanding (mil)621.0626.7
Div / share0.00.0
Book value / share12.179.79
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume2383059.02081698.0


BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 26.91 for the IT Services industry and a discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 24.64. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 9.54 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.73 and a significant premium versus the industry average of 7.86. The price-to-sales ratio is above the S&P 500 average, but well below the industry average. The valuation analysis reveals that, ACCENTURE PLC seems to be trading at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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ACN 17.99 Peers 26.91   ACN 15.75 Peers 20.93

Discount. A lower P/E ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower growth expectations.

ACN 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.

ACN is trading at a discount to its peers.

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  Price to
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ACN 17.91 Peers 21.56   ACN NM Peers 2.54

Average. An average price-to-projected earnings ratio can signify an industry neutral stock price and average future growth expectations.

ACN 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.

ACN's negative PEG ratio makes this valuation measure meaningless.

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  Earnings Growth
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ACN 9.54 Peers 7.86   ACN 35.50 Peers 12.31

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.

ACN is trading at a premium to its peers.


Higher. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.

ACN is expected to have an earnings growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.

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  Sales Growth
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ACN 2.07 Peers 5.51   ACN 5.72 Peers 13.17

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.

ACN 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.

ACN significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth



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