Friday, August 10, 2007

Horizon Offshore Inc.

Horizon Offshore Inc. is a NASDAQ listed security that has been trading in a range between $12.50 and $22.50 over the past year. With 32,680,700 shares outstanding, a recent price of $15.22 gives a total market capitalization of $516,355,066. While there are certainly larger companies, Horizon Offshore Inc. has definitely earned its place in the pack. Last year, Horizon Offshore Inc. created $0.95 in earnings for every share outstanding.

Horizon Offshore Inc. is currently priced by the market at 16.10 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, Horizon Offshore Inc. could be an interesting value proposition. Consistent earnings are the key to high valuations and this security is well on its way.