The AES Corp

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AES : NYSE : Utilities
$11.24 -0.08 | -0.71%
Today's Range: 11.22 - 11.36
Avg. Daily Volume: 4851000.0
07/25/17 - 4:05 PM ET

Financial Analysis

AES CORP's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2017 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. Even though sales increased, the net income has decreased, representing a decrease to the bottom line. AES CORP has weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.87 which 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 6.56% 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 FY17 Q1 FY16
Net Sales ($mil)3492.03271.0
EBITDA ($mil)830.0751.0
EBIT ($mil)539.0461.0
Net Income ($mil)-24.0126.0

Balance Sheet Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)2440.02107.0
Total Assets ($mil)36508.036900.0
Total Debt ($mil)20334.020557.0
Equity ($mil)2991.03201.0

Profitability Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Gross Profit Margin25.3224.43
EBITDA Margin23.7622.95
Operating Margin15.4414.09
Sales Turnover0.380.37
Return on Assets-3.50.78
Return on Equity-5.049.9
Debt Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Current Ratio1.221.06
Interest Expense348.0342.0
Interest Coverage1.551.35

Share Data Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Shares outstanding (mil)660.11659.0
Div / share0.120.11
Book value / share4.534.86
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume5082840.05881685.0


HOLD. 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. Conducting a second comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.51 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 3.07 and a premium versus the industry average of 1.93. The price-to-sales ratio is well below both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a discount. After reviewing these and other key valuation criteria, AES CORP proves to trade at a premium to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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premium   discount
AES NM Peers 40.27   AES 2.55 Peers 8.89

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.

AES'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.

AES is trading at a significant discount to its peers.

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premium   discount
  Price to
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premium   discount
AES 9.36 Peers 25.93   AES NA Peers 0.64

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

AES 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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premium   discount
  Earnings Growth
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lower   higher
AES 2.51 Peers 1.93   AES -152.17 Peers -18.13

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.

AES is trading at a significant premium to its peers.


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

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

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premium   discount
  Sales Growth
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premium   discount
AES 0.54 Peers 1.89   AES 1.73 Peers 9.63

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.

AES 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.

AES significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth



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