Waste Management Inc

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WM : NYSE : Industrial Goods
$62.58 up 0.37 | 0.59%
Today's Range: 62.40 - 62.71
Avg. Daily Volume: 2,084,700
10/24/16 - 4:03 PM ET

Financial Analysis

WASTE MANAGEMENT INC's gross profit margin for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2016 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. The company has grown sales and net income during the past quarter when compared with the same quarter a year ago, however, it was unable to keep up with the growth of the average competitor within its industry. WASTE MANAGEMENT INC has weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.73 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 remained virtually unchanged only decreasing by 3.30% 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 FY16 Q2 FY15
Net Sales ($mil)3425.03315.0
EBITDA ($mil)984.0908.0
EBIT ($mil)615.0563.0
Net Income ($mil)287.0274.0

Balance Sheet Q2 FY16 Q2 FY15
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)39.0273.0
Total Assets ($mil)20752.020578.0
Total Debt ($mil)9530.09106.0
Equity ($mil)5208.05386.0

Profitability Q2 FY16 Q2 FY15
Gross Profit Margin38.6637.1
EBITDA Margin28.7227.39
Operating Margin17.9616.98
Sales Turnover0.640.65
Return on Assets5.554.88
Return on Equity22.1318.65
Debt Q2 FY16 Q2 FY15
Current Ratio0.811.03
Interest Expense96.099.0
Interest Coverage6.415.69

Share Data Q2 FY16 Q2 FY15
Shares outstanding (mil)441.74451.84
Div / share0.410.39
Book value / share11.7911.92
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume2069843.02175210.0


BUY. The current P/E ratio indicates a significant discount compared to an average of 40.56 for the Commercial Services & Supplies industry and a value on par with the S&P 500 average of 24.63. Conducting a second comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 5.28 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.73 and a premium versus the industry average of 4.93. The current price-to-sales ratio is above the S&P 500 average, but below the industry average. The valuation analysis reveals that, WASTE MANAGEMENT INC seems to be trading at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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WM 24.21 Peers 40.56   WM 10.43 Peers 16.23

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

WM is trading at a significant 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.

WM is trading at a significant discount to its peers.

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  Price to
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WM 20.07 Peers 23.91   WM 0.33 Peers 3.78

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

WM is trading at a valuation on par with 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.

WM trades at a significant discount to its peers.

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  Earnings Growth
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WM 5.28 Peers 4.93   WM 17.88 Peers 11.90

Average. 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.

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


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

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

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  Sales Growth
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WM 2.08 Peers 2.34   WM -1.40 Peers 4.66

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.

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


Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.

WM significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth



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