Saturday, August 4, 2007

First Financial Service Corp. (KY)

First Financial Service Corp. (KY) is a NASDAQ listed security that has been trading in a range between $26.32 and $34.55 over the past year. With 4,327,480 shares outstanding, a recent price of $28.49 gives a total market capitalization of $123,289,904. While there are certainly larger companies, First Financial Service Corp. (KY) has definitely earned its place in the pack. Last year, First Financial Service Corp. (KY) created $2.33 in earnings for every share outstanding.

First Financial Service Corp. (KY) is currently priced by the market at 12.20 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 in excess of $1 a share, First Financial Service Corp. (KY) could be an interesting value proposition. Consistent earnings are the key to high valuations and this security is well on its way.

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