Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Marchex Inc.

Marchex Inc. is a NASDAQ listed security that has been trading in a range between $11.03 and $17.24 over the past year. With 42,011,080 shares outstanding, a recent price of $12.35 gives a total market capitalization of $514,635,730. While there are certainly larger companies, Marchex Inc. has definitely earned its place in the pack. Last year, Marchex Inc. created $0.12 in earnings for every share outstanding.

Marchex Inc. is currently priced by the market at 107.40 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, Marchex Inc. could be an interesting value proposition. Consistent earnings are the key to high valuations and this security is well on its way.