Wednesday, August 8, 2007

LNB Bancorp Inc.

LNB Bancorp Inc. is a NASDAQ listed security that has been trading in a range between $13.60 and $17.85 over the past year. With 6,443,670 shares outstanding, a recent price of $15.02 gives a total market capitalization of $97,557,166. While there are certainly larger companies, LNB Bancorp Inc. has definitely earned its place in the pack. Last year, LNB Bancorp Inc. created $0.85 in earnings for every share outstanding.

LNB Bancorp Inc. is currently priced by the market at 17.60 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 below $1 a share, LNB Bancorp Inc. could be an interesting value proposition. Consistent earnings are the key to high valuations and this security is well on its way.