Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a NASDAQ listed security that has been trading in a range between $5.19 and $13.03 over the past year. With 101,096,500 shares outstanding, a recent price of $5.36 gives a total market capitalization of $571,195,235. While there are certainly larger companies, Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. has definitely earned its place in the pack. Last year, Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. created $3.74 in earnings for every share outstanding.

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. is currently priced by the market at 0.00 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, Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc. is unlikely to be an interesting value proposition. Consistent earnings are the key to high valuations and this security is well on its way.