American Science & Engineering Inc

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ASEI : NASDAQ : Technology
$37.05 up 0.06 | 0.16%
Today's Range: 36.98 - 37.05
Avg. Daily Volume: 78,900
09/09/16 - 4:00 PM ET

Financial Analysis

AMERICAN SCIENCE ENGINEERING'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. Even though sales decreased, the net income has increased. AMERICAN SCIENCE ENGINEERING is extremely liquid. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 2.91 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 11.39% 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 ($mil)28.2231.44
EBITDA ($mil)3.531.97
EBIT ($mil)2.880.97
Net Income ($mil)0.05-0.52

Balance Sheet Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)82.0987.74
Total Assets ($mil)168.54181.1
Total Debt ($mil)0.00.0
Equity ($mil)127.91144.35

Profitability Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Gross Profit Margin49.1849.08
EBITDA Margin12.526.27
Operating Margin10.213.08
Sales Turnover0.590.68
Return on Assets-1.59-0.54
Return on Equity-2.09-0.68
Debt Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Current Ratio4.274.91
Interest Expense0.00.0
Interest Coverage0.00.0

Share Data Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Shares outstanding (mil)7.147.15
Div / share0.50.5
Book value / share17.9220.2
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume78003.069709.0


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. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.06 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 2.83 and a significant discount versus the industry average of 31.21. The price-to-sales ratio is well above both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a premium. The valuation analysis reveals that, AMERICAN SCIENCE ENGINEERING seems to be trading at a premium to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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ASEI NM Peers 25.50   ASEI 21.95 Peers 15.55

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.

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


Premium. 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.

ASEI is trading at a significant premium to its peers.

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  Price to
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ASEI NA Peers 19.25   ASEI NA Peers 1.80

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

ASEI is trading at a significant premium 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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ASEI 2.06 Peers 31.21   ASEI -208.33 Peers 203.90

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.

ASEI is trading at a significant discount to its peers.


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

However, ASEI 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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ASEI 2.65 Peers 1.55   ASEI -18.67 Peers 4.07

Premium. 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.

ASEI is trading at a significant premium to its industry.


Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.

ASEI significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth



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