AEterna Zentaris Inc

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AEZS : NASDAQ : Health Care
$3.72 | %
Today's Range: 3.63 - 3.74
Avg. Daily Volume: 178,500
08/26/16 - 3:59 PM ET

Financial Analysis

AETERNA ZENTARIS INC's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2016 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. The company grew its sales and net income significantly quarter versus same quarter a year prior, and was able to outpace the average competitor in the industry when comparing revenue growth, but not when comparing net income growth. AETERNA ZENTARIS INC is extremely liquid. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 6.29 which clearly shows the ability to cover any short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has decreased from the same period last year.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has decreased by 20.03% 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 Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Net Sales ($mil)0.240.07
EBITDA ($mil)0.00.0
EBIT ($mil)-7.02-9.96
Net Income ($mil)-3.68-9.74

Balance Sheet Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)32.9853.26
Total Assets ($mil)44.0565.27
Total Debt ($mil)0.00.0
Equity ($mil)16.320.38

Profitability Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Gross Profit Margin100.0100.0
EBITDA Margin0.00.0
Operating Margin-2900.83-13636.99
Sales Turnover0.020.0
Return on Assets-100.08-33.61
Return on Equity-271.63-110.49
Debt Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Current Ratio6.468.79
Interest Expense0.00.0
Interest Coverage0.00.0

Share Data Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Shares outstanding (mil)9.930.94
Div / share0.00.0
Book value / share1.6421.78
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume180403.0287365.0


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. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.24 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 2.83 and a significant discount versus the industry average of 10.44. 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, AETERNA ZENTARIS INC proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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AEZS NM Peers 43.43   AEZS 0.56 Peers 21.06

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.

AEZS'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.

AEZS is trading at a significant discount to its peers.

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  Price to
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AEZS NA Peers 29.93   AEZS NA Peers 0.49

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

Ratio not available.


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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AEZS 2.24 Peers 10.44   AEZS 36.59 Peers 0.31

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.

AEZS 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.

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

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  Sales Growth
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AEZS 51.46 Peers 555.79   AEZS 750.00 Peers 52.64

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.

AEZS 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.

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



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