Metabolix Inc

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MBLX : NASDAQ : Basic Materials
$0.59 up 0.03 | 5.18%
Today's Range: 0.56 - 0.59
Avg. Daily Volume: 112,300
10/28/16 - 10:42 AM ET

Financial Analysis

METABOLIX INC's gross profit margin for the second 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. METABOLIX INC has average liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 1.15 which shows that technically this company has the 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 81.96% 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 Q2 FY16 Q2 FY15
Net Sales ($mil)2.790.74
EBITDA ($mil)-3.08-6.08
EBIT ($mil)-3.23-6.13
Net Income ($mil)-3.2-6.07

Balance Sheet Q2 FY16 Q2 FY15
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)4.222.71
Total Assets ($mil)9.3926.93
Total Debt ($mil)0.00.0
Equity ($mil)4.1422.96

Profitability Q2 FY16 Q2 FY15
Gross Profit Margin-110.28-817.74
EBITDA Margin-110.27-817.74
Operating Margin-115.65-823.79
Sales Turnover0.50.11
Return on Assets-228.62-96.79
Return on Equity-518.13-106.4
Debt Q2 FY16 Q2 FY15
Current Ratio1.46.68
Interest Expense0.00.0
Interest Coverage0.00.0

Share Data Q2 FY16 Q2 FY15
Shares outstanding (mil)27.7526.96
Div / share0.00.0
Book value / share0.150.85
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume116967.035695.0


SELL. 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 3.28 indicates a premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.73 and a significant discount versus the industry average of 5.79. 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, METABOLIX INC seems to be trading at a premium to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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MBLX NM Peers 24.31   MBLX NM Peers 15.75

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.

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


Neutral. 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.

MBLX's P/CF is negative making the measure meaningless.

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  Price to
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premium   discount
MBLX NA Peers 19.86   MBLX NA Peers 1.88

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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lower   higher
MBLX 3.28 Peers 5.79   MBLX 47.37 Peers 92.85

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.

MBLX 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, MBLX 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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premium   discount
MBLX 2.91 Peers 2.27   MBLX 62.42 Peers -7.14

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.

MBLX is trading at a significant premium to its industry.


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

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



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