FirstEnergy Corp

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FE : NYSE : Utilities
$31.1 up 0.23 | 0.75%
Today's Range: 30.655 - 31.1
Avg. Daily Volume: 4536300.0
07/26/17 - 4:02 PM ET

Financial Analysis

FIRSTENERGY CORP's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2017 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. Sales and net income have dropped, underperforming the average competitor within its industry. FIRSTENERGY CORP has very weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.22 which clearly shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has decreased from the same period last year.

At the same time, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has significantly decreased by 50.74% from the same quarter last year. The key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is in a position in which financial difficulties could develop in the near future.

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Income Statement Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Net Sales ($mil)3547.03869.0
EBITDA ($mil)1067.01166.0
EBIT ($mil)733.0776.0
Net Income ($mil)205.0328.0

Balance Sheet Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)164.0146.0
Total Assets ($mil)43212.052695.0
Total Debt ($mil)22659.022358.0
Equity ($mil)6139.012463.0

Profitability Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Gross Profit Margin30.0830.14
EBITDA Margin30.0830.13
Operating Margin20.6720.06
Sales Turnover0.330.28
Return on Assets-14.571.29
Return on Equity-102.625.48
Debt Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Current Ratio0.360.51
Interest Expense287.0288.0
Interest Coverage2.552.69

Share Data Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Shares outstanding (mil)443.74424.71
Div / share0.360.36
Book value / share13.8329.34
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume4571625.04184973.0


HOLD. This stock’s P/E ratio is negative, making its value useless in the assessment of premium or discount valuation, only displaying that the company has negative earnings per share. Conducting a second comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.26 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 3.07 and a premium versus the industry average of 1.94. The price-to-sales ratio is well below both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a discount. After reviewing these and other key valuation criteria, FIRSTENERGY CORP proves to trade at a premium to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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FE NM Peers 20.94   FE 3.96 Peers 8.59

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.

FE'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.

FE is trading at a significant discount to its peers.

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  Price to
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FE 12.44 Peers 18.13   FE NA Peers 1.82

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

FE is trading at a significant discount 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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FE 2.26 Peers 1.94   FE -1009.93 Peers -1.66

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.

FE is trading at a premium to its peers.


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

However, FE 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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FE 0.97 Peers 2.34   FE -5.09 Peers 20.33

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.

FE is trading at a significant discount to its industry on this measurement.


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

FE significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth



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