Acacia Research Corp

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ACTG : NASDAQ : Services
$5.45 | %
Today's Range: 5.1203 - 5.5
Avg. Daily Volume: 251300.0
03/24/17 - 4:00 PM ET

Financial Analysis

ACACIA RESEARCH CORP's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2016 has significantly decreased when compared to the same period a year ago. Even though sales decreased, the net income has increased. ACACIA RESEARCH CORP is extremely liquid. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 6.57 which clearly shows the ability to cover any short-term cash needs. ACTG managed to increase the liquidity from the same period a year ago, despite already having very strong liquidity to begin with. This would indicate improved cash flow.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has decreased by 13.78% from the same quarter last year. Overall, the key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is very unlikely to face financial difficulties in the near future.

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Income Statement Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Net Sales ($mil)21.9737.5
EBITDA ($mil)-0.635.11
EBIT ($mil)-6.88-8.05
Net Income ($mil)-10.61-115.91

Balance Sheet Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)158.5145.95
Total Assets ($mil)296.0347.9
Total Debt ($mil)0.00.0
Equity ($mil)267.44310.21

Profitability Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Gross Profit Margin-2.8713.64
EBITDA Margin-2.8613.63
Operating Margin-31.32-21.46
Sales Turnover0.520.36
Return on Assets-18.26-46.0
Return on Equity-20.21-51.58
Debt Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Current Ratio6.695.53
Interest Expense0.00.0
Interest Coverage0.00.0

Share Data Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Shares outstanding (mil)50.4650.65
Div / share0.00.13
Book value / share5.36.12
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume258563.0371105.0


SELL. The current P/E ratio is negative, which has no meaningful value in the assessment of premium or discount valuation, it simply displays that the company has negative earnings. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 1.08 indicates a significant discount versus the S&P 500 average of 2.98 and a significant discount versus the industry average of 7.92. The price-to-sales ratio is below the S&P 500 average and is well below the industry average, indicating a discount. After reviewing these and other key valuation criteria, ACACIA RESEARCH CORP proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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ACTG NM Peers 37.68   ACTG 8.44 Peers 17.89

Neutral. The absence of a valid P/E ratio happens when a stock can not be valued on the basis of a negative stream of earnings.

ACTG's P/E is negative making this valuation measure meaningless.


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.

ACTG is trading at a significant discount to its peers.

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  Price to
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premium   discount
ACTG 8.26 Peers 19.69   ACTG NA Peers 3.11

Discount. A lower price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower future growth expectations.

ACTG is trading at a significant discount 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.

Ratio not available.

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  Earnings Growth
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ACTG 1.08 Peers 7.92   ACTG 66.57 Peers 30.41

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.

ACTG 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.

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

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  Sales Growth
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ACTG 1.88 Peers 3.81   ACTG 22.12 Peers 11.89

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.

ACTG is trading at a significant discount to its industry on this measurement.


Higher. A sales growth rate that exceeds the industry implies that a company is gaining market share.

ACTG has a sales growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.



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