Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Meade Instruments Corp.

Meade Instruments Corp. is a NASDAQ listed security that has been trading in a range between $1.61 and $3.12 over the past year. With 20,126,830 shares outstanding, a recent price of $2.11 gives a total market capitalization of $44,279,027. While there are certainly larger companies, Meade Instruments Corp. has definitely earned its place in the pack. Last year, Meade Instruments Corp. created $-1.01 in earnings for every share outstanding.

Meade Instruments Corp. 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 below $1 a share, Meade Instruments Corp. is unlikely to be an interesting value proposition. Consistent earnings are the key to high valuations and this security is not on its way.