Waste Management Inc

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WM : NYSE : Industrial Goods
$72.65 up 0.13 | 0.18%
Today's Range: 72.54 - 72.95
Avg. Daily Volume: 1547100.0
03/22/17 - 4:02 PM ET

Financial Analysis

WASTE MANAGEMENT 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 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. WASTE MANAGEMENT INC has weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.77 which shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has decreased from the same period last year.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has remained unchanged 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 Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Net Sales ($mil)3460.03246.0
EBITDA ($mil)954.0899.0
EBIT ($mil)622.0575.0
Net Income ($mil)335.0273.0

Balance Sheet Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)32.039.0
Total Assets ($mil)20859.020419.0
Total Debt ($mil)9310.08981.0
Equity ($mil)5297.05345.0

Profitability Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Gross Profit Margin38.538.26
EBITDA Margin27.5727.69
Operating Margin17.9817.71
Sales Turnover0.650.63
Return on Assets5.663.68
Return on Equity22.3114.08
Debt Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Current Ratio0.850.93
Interest Expense96.095.0
Interest Coverage6.486.05

Share Data Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Shares outstanding (mil)439.32447.18
Div / share0.410.39
Book value / share12.0611.95
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume1540774.02091972.0


BUY. WASTE MANAGEMENT INC's P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 32.82 for the Commercial Services & Supplies industry and a value on par with the S&P 500 average of 26.73. Conducting a second comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 6.06 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.98 and a premium versus the industry average of 4.81. 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 27.59 Peers 32.82   WM 10.85 Peers 16.41

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

WM 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.

WM is trading at a significant discount to its peers.

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  Price to
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WM 21.22 Peers 29.33   WM 1.43 Peers 1.36

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

WM is trading at a discount to its peers.


Average. 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 valuation on par to its peers.

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  Earnings Growth
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WM 6.06 Peers 4.81   WM 58.68 Peers 57.24

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.

WM is trading at a significant premium to its peers.


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

WM is expected to keep pace with its peers on the basis of earnings growth.

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  Sales Growth
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WM 2.36 Peers 2.43   WM 4.99 Peers 10.17

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.

WM 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.

WM significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth



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