Thursday, August 2, 2007

Hastings Entertainment Inc.

Hastings Entertainment Inc. is a NASDAQ listed security that has been trading in a range between $5.43 and $8.40 over the past year. With 10,944,880 shares outstanding, a recent price of $7.32 gives a total market capitalization of $80,007,072. While there are certainly larger companies, Hastings Entertainment Inc. has definitely earned its place in the pack. Last year, Hastings Entertainment Inc. created $0.49 in earnings for every share outstanding.

Hastings Entertainment Inc. is currently priced by the market at 14.90 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, Hastings Entertainment Inc. could be an interesting value proposition. Consistent earnings are the key to high valuations and this security is well on its way.