MSA Safety Inc

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MSA : NYSE : Services
$75.09 up 0.52 | 0.7%
Today's Range: 74.25 - 75.25
Avg. Daily Volume: 239000.0
09/21/17 - 3:59 PM ET

Financial Analysis

MSA SAFETY INC's gross profit margin for the second 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. MSA SAFETY INC has average liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 1.35 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.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has increased by 8.96% 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 FY17 Q2 FY16
Net Sales ($mil)288.78296.0
EBITDA ($mil)58.3657.77
EBIT ($mil)49.3749.2
Net Income ($mil)12.5331.08

Balance Sheet Q2 FY17 Q2 FY16
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)115.36104.15
Total Assets ($mil)1362.041416.25
Total Debt ($mil)269.51453.91
Equity ($mil)599.63550.31

Profitability Q2 FY17 Q2 FY16
Gross Profit Margin49.3848.86
EBITDA Margin20.219.51
Operating Margin17.116.62
Sales Turnover0.830.82
Return on Assets5.585.62
Return on Equity12.9414.26
Debt Q2 FY17 Q2 FY16
Current Ratio2.022.31
Interest Expense3.014.2
Interest Coverage16.3811.71

Share Data Q2 FY17 Q2 FY16
Shares outstanding (mil)38.1837.51
Div / share0.350.33
Book value / share15.714.67
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume237297.0195135.0


BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 33.55 for the Commercial Services & Supplies industry and a significant premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 24.88. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 4.68 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 3.10 and a discount versus the industry average of 6.13. The current price-to-sales ratio is above the S&P 500 average, but below the industry average.

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premium   discount
  Price/Cash Flow
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
MSA 36.37 Peers 33.55   MSA 10.39 Peers 19.88

Average. An average P/E ratio can signify an industry neutral price for a stock and an average growth expectation.

MSA is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.


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.

MSA is trading at a significant discount to its peers.

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premium   discount
  Price to
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
MSA 19.80 Peers 26.88   MSA 1.22 Peers 1.46

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

MSA is trading at a discount to its peers.


Discount. 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.

MSA trades at a discount to its peers.

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premium   discount
  Earnings Growth
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lower   higher
MSA 4.68 Peers 6.13   MSA -2.42 Peers 128.98

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.

MSA is trading at a discount to its peers.


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

However, MSA 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
MSA 2.48 Peers 2.71   MSA -2.89 Peers 14.68

Average. 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.

MSA is trading at a valuation on par with its industry on this measurement.


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

MSA significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth



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