The Ultimate Software Group Inc

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ULTI : NASDAQ : Technology
$198.36 | %
Today's Range: 191.12 - 198.54
Avg. Daily Volume: 358000.0
02/24/17 - 4:00 PM ET

Financial Analysis


ULTIMATE SOFTWARE GROUP INC's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2016 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. The company managed to grow both sales and net income at a faster pace than the average competitor in its industry this quarter as compared to the same quarter a year ago. ULTIMATE SOFTWARE GROUP INC has very weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.36 which clearly shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has increased from the same period last year, indicating improving cash flow.

At the same time, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has greatly increased by 29.34% from the same quarter last year. The key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is in a position in which financial difficulties could develop in the near future.

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Income Statement Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Net Sales ($mil)210.55170.65
EBITDA ($mil)23.1920.05
EBIT ($mil)15.314.32
Net Income ($mil)12.779.03


Balance Sheet Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)89.31120.11
Total Assets ($mil)1152.581465.57
Total Debt ($mil)9.048.55
Equity ($mil)432.11334.07


Profitability Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Gross Profit Margin65.8765.98
EBITDA Margin11.0111.74
Operating Margin7.268.39
Sales Turnover0.680.42
Return on Assets2.621.54
Return on Equity7.06.79
Debt Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Current Ratio1.11.09
Debt/Capital0.020.03
Interest Expense0.00.0
Interest Coverage0.00.0


Share Data Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Shares outstanding (mil)29.028.79
Div / share0.00.0
EPS0.420.3
Book value / share14.911.6
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume356137.0240078.0

Valuation


HOLD. ULTIMATE SOFTWARE GROUP INC's P/E ratio indicates a significant premium compared to an average of 52.26 for the Software industry and a significant premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 26.35. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 13.24 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.94 and a significant premium versus the industry average of 8.61. 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, ULTIMATE SOFTWARE GROUP INC proves to trade at a premium to investment alternatives within the industry.


Price/Earnings
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premium   discount
  Price/Cash Flow
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ULTI 197.35 Peers 52.26   ULTI 35.87 Peers 22.80

Premium. A higher P/E ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher growth expectations.

ULTI is trading at a significant premium to its peers.

 

Premium. 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.

ULTI is trading at a significant premium to its peers.

 
Price/Projected
Earnings
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  Price to
Earnings/Growth
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premium   discount
ULTI 39.91 Peers 58.04   ULTI 0.65 Peers 0.83

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

ULTI 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.

ULTI trades at a discount to its peers.

 
Price/Book
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premium   discount
  Earnings Growth
1 2 3 4 5
lower   higher
ULTI 13.24 Peers 8.61   ULTI 31.57 Peers 37.37

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.

ULTI is trading at a significant premium to its peers.

 

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

However, ULTI is expected to trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.

 
Price/Sales
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premium   discount
  Sales Growth
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
ULTI 7.32 Peers 6.10   ULTI 26.40 Peers 7.50

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.

ULTI is trading at a premium to its industry on this measurement.

 

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

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

 

 

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