Wednesday, August 8, 2007

MedCath Corporation

MedCath Corporation is a NASDAQ listed security that has been trading in a range between $22.75 and $34.61 over the past year. With 21,134,440 shares outstanding, a recent price of $29.66 gives a total market capitalization of $601,908,842. While there are certainly larger companies, MedCath Corporation has definitely earned its place in the pack. Last year, MedCath Corporation created $0.79 in earnings for every share outstanding.

MedCath Corporation is currently priced by the market at 37.80 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, MedCath Corporation could be an interesting value proposition. Consistent earnings are the key to high valuations and this security is well on its way.