National Fuel Gas Co

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NFG : NYSE : Basic Materials
$58.23 | %
Today's Range: 57.94 - 58.75
Avg. Daily Volume: 450200.0
12/09/16 - 4:02 PM ET

Financial Analysis

NATIONAL FUEL GAS CO's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2016 has increased when compared to the same period a year ago. Even though sales decreased, the net income has increased. NATIONAL FUEL GAS CO has weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.87 which shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has increased from the same period last year.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has decreased by 24.60% from the same quarter last year. Overall, the key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is in a position in which financial difficulties could develop in the future.

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Income Statement Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Net Sales ($mil)292.47301.06
EBITDA ($mil)170.12153.36
EBIT ($mil)114.082.5
Net Income ($mil)37.55-187.7

Balance Sheet Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)129.97113.6
Total Assets ($mil)5636.396702.14
Total Debt ($mil)2086.252084.01
Equity ($mil)1527.02025.44

Profitability Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Gross Profit Margin58.1750.94
EBITDA Margin58.1650.94
Operating Margin38.9827.4
Sales Turnover0.260.26
Return on Assets-5.16-5.66
Return on Equity-19.05-18.73
Debt Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Current Ratio1.361.15
Interest Expense28.8429.19
Interest Coverage3.952.83

Share Data Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Shares outstanding (mil)85.1284.59
Div / share0.410.4
Book value / share17.9423.94
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume451903.0341702.0


HOLD. The current P/E ratio is negative, which has no meaningful value in the assessment of premium or discount valuation, it simply displays that the company has negative earnings. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 3.15 indicates a premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.81 and a premium versus the industry average of 2.51. The price-to-sales ratio is well above both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a premium. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, NATIONAL FUEL GAS CO seems to be trading at a premium to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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NFG NM Peers 28.74   NFG 8.17 Peers 9.99

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.

NFG'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.

NFG is trading at a discount to its peers.

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  Price to
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NFG 16.63 Peers 20.80   NFG NA Peers 3.65

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

NFG is trading at a valuation on par with 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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NFG 3.15 Peers 2.51   NFG 23.10 Peers -18.47

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.

NFG 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.

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

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  Sales Growth
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NFG 3.31 Peers 1.96   NFG -17.52 Peers -15.50

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.

NFG is trading at a significant premium to its industry.


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

NFG significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth



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