Cliffs Natural Resources Inc

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CLF : NYSE : Basic Materials
$11.49 -0.09 | -0.78%
Today's Range: 11.25 - 11.64
Avg. Daily Volume: 1.92293E7
02/17/17 - 4:03 PM ET

Financial Analysis

CLIFFS NATURAL RESOURCES INC's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2016 has significantly increased 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. CLIFFS NATURAL RESOURCES INC has average liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 1.28 which shows that technically this company has the ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has increased from the same period last year, indicating improving cash flow.

At the same time, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has greatly increased by 26.09% from the same quarter last year. Together, the key liquidity measurements indicate that it is relatively unlikely that the company will face financial difficulties in the near future.

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Income Statement Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Net Sales ($mil)754.0478.4
EBITDA ($mil)172.052.8
EBIT ($mil)145.517.9
Net Income ($mil)79.1-60.3

Balance Sheet Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)323.4285.2
Total Assets ($mil)1923.92135.5
Total Debt ($mil)2175.12773.5
Equity ($mil)-1464.3-1981.4

Profitability Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Gross Profit Margin27.5916.85
EBITDA Margin22.8111.03
Operating Margin19.33.74
Sales Turnover1.10.95
Return on Assets9.04-35.08
Return on Equity0.00.0
Debt Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Current Ratio2.111.69
Interest Expense44.360.3
Interest Coverage3.280.3

Share Data Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Shares outstanding (mil)0.0153.59
Div / share0.00.0
Book value / share0.0-12.9
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume1.9000248E71.0596771E7


HOLD. CLIFFS NATURAL RESOURCES INC's P/E ratio indicates a significant discount compared to an average of 114.98 for the Metals & Mining industry and a significant discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 26.35.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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CLF 11.70 Peers 114.98   CLF NA Peers 12.07

Discount. A lower P/E ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower growth expectations.

CLF is trading at a significant discount to its peers.


Neutral. The P/CF ratio is the stock’s price divided by the sum of the company's cash flow from operations. It is useful for comparing companies with different capital requirements or financing structures.

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  Price to
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CLF 10.67 Peers 21.74   CLF 0.60 Peers 0.52

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

CLF is trading at a significant discount to its peers.


Premium. 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.

CLF trades at a premium to its peers.

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  Earnings Growth
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CLF NA Peers 2.10   CLF 54.68 Peers 64.97

Neutral. 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.

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

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

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  Sales Growth
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CLF NA Peers 3.34   CLF 4.75 Peers -5.99

Neutral. 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.

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

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



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