Automatic Data Processing Inc

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ADP : NASDAQ : Technology
$88.95 up 0.76 | 0.86%
Today's Range: 88.10 - 89.07
Avg. Daily Volume: 1,721,200
09/27/16 - 4:00 PM ET

Financial Analysis

AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING'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. Even though sales increased, the net income has decreased. AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING has very weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.14 which clearly shows a lack of 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 decreased by 6.79% 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 FY16 Q4 FY15
Net Sales ($mil)2898.32694.5
EBITDA ($mil)551.5438.4
EBIT ($mil)477.6367.6
Net Income ($mil)282.0336.2

Balance Sheet Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)3214.61665.9
Total Assets ($mil)43670.033110.5
Total Debt ($mil)2010.211.7
Equity ($mil)4481.64808.5

Profitability Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Gross Profit Margin43.9443.18
EBITDA Margin19.0216.27
Operating Margin16.4813.64
Sales Turnover0.270.33
Return on Assets3.414.38
Return on Equity33.3228.62
Debt Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Current Ratio1.11.06
Interest Expense18.11.6
Interest Coverage26.39229.75

Share Data Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Shares outstanding (mil)455.7466.4
Div / share0.530.49
Book value / share9.8310.31
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume1760881.01920867.0


BUY. AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING's P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 27.47 for the IT Services industry and a premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 25.19. Conducting a second comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 9.10 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.82 and a premium versus the industry average of 8.10. The price-to-sales ratio is well above the S&P 500 average, but well below the industry average. After reviewing these and other key valuation criteria, AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING proves to trade at a premium to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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ADP 27.53 Peers 27.47   ADP 21.92 Peers 20.56

Average. An average P/E ratio can signify an industry neutral price for a stock and an average growth expectation.

ADP is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.


Average. 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.

ADP is trading at a valuation on par to its peers.

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  Price to
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ADP 21.98 Peers 21.95   ADP 2.42 Peers 2.41

Premium. A higher price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher future growth expectations.

ADP is trading at a premium to its peers.


Average. 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.

ADP trades at a valuation on par to its peers.

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  Earnings Growth
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ADP 9.10 Peers 8.10   ADP 12.06 Peers 21.96

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.

ADP is trading at a premium to its peers.


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

However, ADP is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.

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  Sales Growth
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ADP 3.49 Peers 5.57   ADP 6.66 Peers 22.90

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.

ADP 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.

ADP significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth



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