WGL Holdings Inc.

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WGL : NYSE : Utilities
$82.65 -1.58 | -1.88%
Today's Range: 82.47 - 84.63
Avg. Daily Volume: 268000.0
03/20/18 - 4:02 PM ET

Financial Analysis

WGL HOLDINGS INC's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2018 has increased when compared to the same period a year ago. The company has grown its sales and net income during the past quarter when compared with the same quarter a year ago, and although its growth in net income has outpaced the industry average, its revenue growth has not. WGL HOLDINGS 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.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has increased by 11.59% 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 Q1 FY18 Q1 FY17
Net Sales ($mil)652.44609.49
EBITDA ($mil)157.55140.0
EBIT ($mil)116.57104.71
Net Income ($mil)138.3758.3

Balance Sheet Q1 FY18 Q1 FY17
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)64.1112.88
Total Assets ($mil)7062.576475.39
Total Debt ($mil)2538.592069.64
Equity ($mil)1637.781467.64

Profitability Q1 FY18 Q1 FY17
Gross Profit Margin24.1522.97
EBITDA Margin24.1422.96
Operating Margin17.8717.18
Sales Turnover0.340.36
Return on Assets3.872.45
Return on Equity16.6410.72
Debt Q1 FY18 Q1 FY17
Current Ratio0.780.77
Interest Expense20.216.24
Interest Coverage5.776.45

Share Data Q1 FY18 Q1 FY17
Shares outstanding (mil)51.3551.21
Div / share0.510.49
Book value / share31.8928.66
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume276712.0261364.0


BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 17.74 for the Gas Utilities industry and a discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 25.66. Conducting a second comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.64 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 3.28 and a premium versus the industry average of 2.36. The price-to-sales ratio is below both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a discount. The valuation analysis reveals that, WGL HOLDINGS INC seems to be trading at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.

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premium   discount
  Price/Cash Flow
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premium   discount
WGL 15.91 Peers 17.74   WGL 13.56 Peers 10.45

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

WGL is trading at a discount 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.

WGL is trading at a significant premium to its peers.

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  Price to
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premium   discount
WGL 20.53 Peers 18.34   WGL 1.98 Peers 4.31

Premium. A higher price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher future growth expectations.

WGL is trading at a premium 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.

WGL trades at a significant discount to its peers.

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premium   discount
  Earnings Growth
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lower   higher
WGL 2.64 Peers 2.36   WGL 70.09 Peers 276.28

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.

WGL is trading at a premium to its peers.


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

However, WGL 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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premium   discount
WGL 1.80 Peers 1.95   WGL 2.21 Peers 11.11

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.

WGL 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.

WGL significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth



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