Nuance Communications Inc

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NUAN : NASDAQ : Technology
$15.91 -0.09 | -0.56%
Today's Range: 15.82 - 16.07
Avg. Daily Volume: 2197300.0
09/21/17 - 1:11 PM ET

Financial Analysis

NUANCE COMMUNICATIONS INC's gross profit margin for the third quarter of its fiscal year 2017 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. Even though sales increased, the net income has decreased, representing a decrease to the bottom line. NUANCE COMMUNICATIONS INC has average liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 1.11 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 8.93% 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 Q3 FY17 Q3 FY16
Net Sales ($mil)486.22477.85
EBITDA ($mil)93.2596.39
EBIT ($mil)34.9439.12
Net Income ($mil)-27.84-11.82

Balance Sheet Q3 FY17 Q3 FY16
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)869.21597.08
Total Assets ($mil)5937.495477.39
Total Debt ($mil)2600.662443.13
Equity ($mil)1954.541794.25

Profitability Q3 FY17 Q3 FY16
Gross Profit Margin61.5362.88
EBITDA Margin19.1720.17
Operating Margin7.198.19
Sales Turnover0.330.36
Return on Assets-1.13-0.76
Return on Equity-3.43-2.33
Debt Q3 FY17 Q3 FY16
Current Ratio1.21.56
Interest Expense40.4233.18
Interest Coverage0.861.18

Share Data Q3 FY17 Q3 FY16
Shares outstanding (mil)288.47279.55
Div / share0.00.0
Book value / share6.786.42
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume2424215.02413177.0


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 2.41 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 3.10 and a significant discount versus the industry average of 9.45. The price-to-sales ratio is above the S&P 500 average, but well below the industry average. After reviewing these and other key valuation criteria, NUANCE COMMUNICATIONS INC proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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NUAN NM Peers 39.51   NUAN 9.27 Peers 33.27

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.

NUAN'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.

NUAN is trading at a significant discount to its peers.

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  Price to
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NUAN 14.87 Peers 35.26   NUAN NA Peers 1.17

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

NUAN is trading at a significant 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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NUAN 2.41 Peers 9.45   NUAN -71.42 Peers 42.80

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.

NUAN 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, NUAN 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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NUAN 2.38 Peers 7.05   NUAN 1.68 Peers 12.14

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.

NUAN 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.

NUAN significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth



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