Fastenal Co

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FAST : NASDAQ : Services
$51.27 up 0.03 | 0.059%
Today's Range: 50.72 - 51.44
Avg. Daily Volume: 2691000.0
01/23/17 - 10:04 AM ET

Financial Analysis

FASTENAL CO's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2016 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. The company managed to grow both sales and net income at a faster pace than the average competitor in its industry this quarter as compared to the same quarter a year ago. FASTENAL CO is extremely liquid. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 2.22 which clearly shows the ability to cover any short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has increased from the same period last year.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has increased by 7.31% 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 Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Net Sales ($mil)947.95922.79
EBITDA ($mil)211.45204.09
EBIT ($mil)182.27178.39
Net Income ($mil)114.81111.9

Balance Sheet Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)112.74129.02
Total Assets ($mil)2668.882532.46
Total Debt ($mil)390.0365.0
Equity ($mil)1933.091801.29

Profitability Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Gross Profit Margin52.8652.7
EBITDA Margin22.322.11
Operating Margin19.2319.33
Sales Turnover1.481.53
Return on Assets18.7120.38
Return on Equity25.8328.66
Debt Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Current Ratio6.244.46
Interest Expense1.81.01
Interest Coverage101.15176.28

Share Data Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Shares outstanding (mil)289.16289.58
Div / share0.30.28
Book value / share6.696.22
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume2673390.02392108.0


BUY. FASTENAL CO's P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 24.70 for the Trading Companies & Distributors industry and a premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 25.41. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 7.56 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.83 and a significant premium versus the industry average of 4.76. The price-to-sales ratio is well above both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a premium. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, FASTENAL CO proves to trade at a premium to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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FAST 29.22 Peers 24.70   FAST 28.44 Peers 18.22

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

FAST is trading at a premium to its peers.


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.

FAST is trading at a significant premium to its peers.

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  Price to
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FAST 28.16 Peers 48.66   FAST NA Peers 2.78

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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FAST 7.56 Peers 4.76   FAST -2.26 Peers 22.32

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.

FAST 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, FAST 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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FAST 3.69 Peers 1.63   FAST 2.39 Peers 5.34

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.

FAST 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.

FAST significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth



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