Thursday, August 2, 2007

Habersham Bancorp

Habersham Bancorp is a NASDAQ listed security that has been trading in a range between $16.65 and $25.05 over the past year. With 2,968,590 shares outstanding, a recent price of $17.80 gives a total market capitalization of $51,208,178. While there are certainly larger companies, Habersham Bancorp has definitely earned its place in the pack. Last year, Habersham Bancorp created $1.67 in earnings for every share outstanding.

Habersham Bancorp is currently priced by the market at 10.60 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, Habersham Bancorp could be an interesting value proposition. Consistent earnings are the key to high valuations and this security is well on its way.