FirstEnergy Corp.

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FE : NYSE : Utilities
$33.79 -0.1 | -0.3%
Today's Range: 33.54 - 34.005
Avg. Daily Volume: 7231200.0
03/19/18 - 4:04 PM ET

Financial Analysis

FIRSTENERGY CORP's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2017 has significantly increased when compared to the same period a year ago. The company has grown sales and net income during the past quarter when compared with the same quarter a year ago, however, it was unable to keep up with the growth of the average competitor within its industry. FIRSTENERGY CORP has very weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.40 which clearly shows a lack of 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 significantly decreased by 37.10% 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 Q4 FY17 Q4 FY16
Net Sales ($mil)3442.03375.0
EBITDA ($mil)1005.0729.0
EBIT ($mil)568.0292.0
Net Income ($mil)-2499.0-5796.0

Balance Sheet Q4 FY17 Q4 FY16
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)589.0199.0
Total Assets ($mil)42257.043148.0
Total Debt ($mil)22497.022552.0
Equity ($mil)3925.06241.0

Profitability Q4 FY17 Q4 FY16
Gross Profit Margin29.221.6
EBITDA Margin29.1921.6
Operating Margin16.58.65
Sales Turnover0.330.34
Return on Assets-4.07-14.31
Return on Equity-43.92-98.97
Debt Q4 FY17 Q4 FY16
Current Ratio0.760.41
Interest Expense296.0287.0
Interest Coverage1.921.02

Share Data Q4 FY17 Q4 FY16
Shares outstanding (mil)445.33442.34
Div / share0.360.36
Book value / share8.8114.11
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume7462318.04142749.0


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. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 3.82 indicates a premium versus the S&P 500 average of 3.28 and a significant premium versus the industry average of 1.93. 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 23.78   FE 3.94 Peers 7.69

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 14.03 Peers 16.22   FE NA Peers 5.44

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 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 3.82 Peers 1.93   FE 72.95 Peers 33.67

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 significant premium to its peers.


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

FE is expected to have an earnings growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.

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  Sales Growth
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FE 1.07 Peers 2.19   FE -3.78 Peers 9.32

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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