WGL Holdings Inc

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WGL : NYSE : Utilities
$78.18 -0.56 | -0.71%
Today's Range: 77.81 - 78.78
Avg. Daily Volume: 445100.0
01/19/17 - 2:54 PM ET

Financial Analysis


WGL HOLDINGS INC's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2016 has decreased when compared to the same period a year ago. Sales and net income have dropped, underperforming the average competitor within its industry. WGL HOLDINGS INC has very weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.32 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 10.40% 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 ($mil)459.9467.69
EBITDA ($mil)35.3245.35
EBIT ($mil)1.1213.61
Net Income ($mil)-8.561.94


Balance Sheet Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)5.576.73
Total Assets ($mil)6058.715294.2
Total Debt ($mil)1775.691301.2
Equity ($mil)1403.731271.42


Profitability Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Gross Profit Margin7.689.7
EBITDA Margin7.679.69
Operating Margin0.242.91
Sales Turnover0.390.5
Return on Assets2.782.5
Return on Equity11.9310.32
Debt Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Current Ratio0.820.8
Debt/Capital0.560.51
Interest Expense13.5511.81
Interest Coverage0.081.15


Share Data Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Shares outstanding (mil)51.0849.73
Div / share0.490.46
EPS-0.170.03
Book value / share27.4825.57
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume392081.0222066.0

Valuation


BUY. WGL HOLDINGS INC's P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 29.73 for the Gas Utilities industry and a value on par with the S&P 500 average of 25.49. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 2.92 indicates valuation on par with the S&P 500 average of 2.84 and a premium versus the industry average of 2.64. 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.


Price/Earnings
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Price/Cash Flow
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
WGL 24.03 Peers 29.73   WGL 18.00 Peers 10.52

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.

 
Price/Projected
Earnings
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Price to
Earnings/Growth
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
WGL 21.96 Peers 21.25   WGL 8.87 Peers 2.97

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.

 

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.

WGL trades at a significant premium to its peers.

 
Price/Book
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Earnings Growth
1 2 3 4 5
lower   higher
WGL 2.92 Peers 2.64   WGL 27.48 Peers -75.21

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.

 

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

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

 
Price/Sales
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Sales Growth
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
WGL 1.74 Peers 2.02   WGL -11.67 Peers -15.57

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.

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

 

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

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

 

 

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