ARG : : Basic Materials
$0.00 | %
Today's Range: 0.00 - 0.00
Avg. Daily Volume: 783,800
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Financial Analysis


AIRGAS INC's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2015 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. Sales and net income have dropped, however the growth has outpaced the average competitor within the industry. AIRGAS INC has weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.64 which shows a lack of ability to cover 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 remained virtually unchanged only decreasing by 4.93% 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 Q4 FY15 Q4 FY14
Net Sales ($mil)1294.081301.72
EBITDA ($mil)236.76231.59
EBIT ($mil)147.08147.83
Net Income ($mil)77.3787.72


Balance Sheet Q4 FY15 Q4 FY14
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)55.8150.72
Total Assets ($mil)6134.965973.61
Total Debt ($mil)2588.192324.64
Equity ($mil)2045.32151.59


Profitability Q4 FY15 Q4 FY14
Gross Profit Margin57.555.19
EBITDA Margin18.2917.79
Operating Margin11.3711.36
Sales Turnover0.870.89
Return on Assets5.56.16
Return on Equity16.517.1
Debt Q4 FY15 Q4 FY14
Current Ratio1.211.25
Debt/Capital0.560.52
Interest Expense15.6313.86
Interest Coverage9.4110.67


Share Data Q4 FY15 Q4 FY14
Shares outstanding (mil)72.6475.36
Div / share0.60.55
EPS1.051.15
Book value / share28.1628.55
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume704970.01242593.0

Valuation


BUY. AIRGAS INC's P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 23.02 for the Chemicals industry and a premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 23.58. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 5.08 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.69 and a discount versus the industry average of 5.99. The current price-to-sales ratio is above the S&P 500 average, but below the industry average.


Price/Earnings
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Price/Cash Flow
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
ARG 31.56 Peers 23.02   ARG 13.96 Peers 15.96

Premium. A higher P/E ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher growth expectations.

ARG is trading at a significant premium 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.

ARG is trading at a discount to its peers.

 
Price/Projected
Earnings
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Price to
Earnings/Growth
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
ARG 26.62 Peers 18.59   ARG 2.39 Peers 2.34

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

ARG is trading at a significant 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.

ARG trades at a valuation on par to its peers.

 
Price/Book
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Earnings Growth
1 2 3 4 5
lower   higher
ARG 5.08 Peers 5.99   ARG -6.80 Peers 41.87

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.

ARG is trading at a discount to its peers.

 

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

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

 
Price/Sales
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Sales Growth
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
ARG 1.95 Peers 2.13   ARG 0.16 Peers -5.88

Average. 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.

ARG is trading at a valuation on par with its industry on this measurement.

 

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

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

 

 

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