MSA Safety Inc

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MSA : NYSE : Services
$79.44 -0.49 | -0.61%
Today's Range: 79.33 - 80.05
Avg. Daily Volume: 225400.0
07/20/17 - 4:02 PM ET

Financial Analysis

MSA SAFETY INC'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. Even though sales decreased, the net income has increased, representing an increase to the bottom line. MSA SAFETY INC has strong liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 1.66 which shows the ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company managed to increase its liquidity from the same period a year ago, despite already having strong liquidity to begin with. This would indicate improved cash flow.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has increased by 6.72% from the same quarter last year. The key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is unlikely to face financial difficulties in the near future.

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Income Statement Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Net Sales ($mil)265.77279.27
EBITDA ($mil)41.7941.11
EBIT ($mil)33.0431.96
Net Income ($mil)14.4111.75

Balance Sheet Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)105.23114.5
Total Assets ($mil)1258.151446.23
Total Debt ($mil)295.42478.3
Equity ($mil)576.34540.04

Profitability Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Gross Profit Margin48.3446.61
EBITDA Margin15.7214.72
Operating Margin12.4311.44
Sales Turnover0.90.8
Return on Assets7.515.03
Return on Equity16.3713.5
Debt Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Current Ratio2.452.26
Interest Expense3.593.9
Interest Coverage9.28.19

Share Data Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Shares outstanding (mil)37.9437.44
Div / share0.330.32
Book value / share15.1914.42
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume223082.0208750.0


BUY. The current P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 34.54 for the Commercial Services & Supplies industry and a premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 24.41. Conducting a second comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 5.26 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 3.04 and a premium versus the industry average of 4.90. The current price-to-sales ratio is well above the S&P 500 average and above the industry average, indicating a premium.

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premium   discount
  Price/Cash Flow
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
MSA 32.32 Peers 34.54   MSA 12.46 Peers 14.50

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 discount to its peers.

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premium   discount
  Price to
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
MSA 21.29 Peers 26.34   MSA 0.97 Peers 1.53

Average. An average price-to-projected earnings ratio can signify an industry neutral stock price and average future growth expectations.

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

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premium   discount
  Earnings Growth
1 2 3 4 5
lower   higher
MSA 5.26 Peers 4.90   MSA 28.64 Peers 50.70

Average. 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 valuation on par with 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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premium   discount
  Sales Growth
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premium   discount
MSA 2.67 Peers 2.46   MSA -1.51 Peers 14.53

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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