United Natural Foods Inc

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UNFI : NASDAQ : Services
$43.68 up 0.57 | 1.3%
Today's Range: 43.05 - 44.07
Avg. Daily Volume: 582500.0
03/23/17 - 12:46 PM ET

Financial Analysis

UNITED NATURAL FOODS 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. 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. UNITED NATURAL FOODS INC has weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.90 which shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The liquidity decreased from the same period a year ago, despite already having weak liquidity to begin with. This would indicate deteriorating cash flow.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has increased by 10.32% 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 Q2 FY17 Q2 FY16
Net Sales ($mil)2285.522047.71
EBITDA ($mil)67.5160.83
EBIT ($mil)46.2744.69
Net Income ($mil)25.4822.68

Balance Sheet Q2 FY17 Q2 FY16
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)30.6612.48
Total Assets ($mil)2870.02487.02
Total Debt ($mil)561.43456.37
Equity ($mil)1590.231441.46

Profitability Q2 FY17 Q2 FY16
Gross Profit Margin16.0215.32
EBITDA Margin2.952.97
Operating Margin2.022.18
Sales Turnover3.13.34
Return on Assets4.445.25
Return on Equity8.029.06
Debt Q2 FY17 Q2 FY16
Current Ratio2.72.96
Interest Expense4.443.6
Interest Coverage10.4212.41

Share Data Q2 FY17 Q2 FY16
Shares outstanding (mil)50.5950.33
Div / share0.00.0
Book value / share31.4328.64
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume576121.0574225.0


HOLD. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 21.90 for the Food & Staples Retailing industry and a discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 26.73. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 1.41 indicates a significant discount versus the S&P 500 average of 2.98 and a significant discount versus the industry average of 3.70. The current price-to-sales ratio is well below the S&P 500 average and is also below the industry average, indicating a discount. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, UNITED NATURAL FOODS INC proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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UNFI 17.58 Peers 21.90   UNFI 8.35 Peers 9.68

Discount. A lower P/E ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower growth expectations.

UNFI is trading at a discount to 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.

UNFI is trading at a discount to its peers.

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  Price to
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UNFI 16.47 Peers 18.68   UNFI 10.99 Peers 2.28

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

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


Premium. 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.

UNFI trades at a significant premium to its peers.

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  Earnings Growth
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UNFI 1.41 Peers 3.70   UNFI -2.70 Peers -0.99

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.

UNFI 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, UNFI 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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UNFI 0.25 Peers 0.55   UNFI 7.34 Peers 1.38

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.

UNFI is trading at a significant discount to its industry on this measurement.


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

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



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