Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Altra Holdings Inc.

Altra Holdings Inc. is a NASDAQ listed security that has been trading in a range between $13.36 and $18.80 over the past year. With 23,087,590 shares outstanding, a recent price of $17.53 gives a total market capitalization of $392,258,149. While there are certainly larger companies, Altra Holdings Inc. has definitely earned its place in the pack. Last year, Altra Holdings Inc. created $0.41 in earnings for every share outstanding.

Altra Holdings Inc. is currently priced by the market at 41.50 times last year’s earnings. Many trading multiples around the world are quite attractive these days, but don’t be fooled. A Price to Earnings ratio of 0 simply means that the security didn’t make any money last year.

With a share price under $50 a share and earnings per share below $1 a share, Altra Holdings Inc. could be an interesting value proposition. Consistent earnings are the key to high valuations and this security is well on its way.