19 Stocks That Are Way More Expensive Than They Look

A couple of weeks ago, we took a look at how stocks could be much cheaper - or much more expensive - then they look based on their enterprise value.

Then last week, we used that to identify 16 stocks that are actually selling for far less than their market cap.

Today, we look at the other side of the coin: 19 stocks that are way, way, WAY more expensive than their market cap price tag!

The Parameters This Time

Looking at stocks far more expensive by enterprise value is quite a bit different than looking at stocks that are cheaper.

A lot of management teams out there sure do like debt!

In investigating for this article, I found:

  • 211 stocks with an enterprise value more than double their market cap.
  • 86 stocks with an EV more than triple the market cap!
  • 55 with EV more than 4x!
  • 40 over 5x!!
  • 30 stocks trading over 6x their market price!!!

It took me all the way until 7x over market cap before whittling the list down to something manageable enough to throw into an article. That's pretty amazing.

So for the list below, the we have the only (profitable) stocks in the market that have 1) over a 50 million market cap and 2) an enterprise value at least 7x the market cap.

What To Do With These?

For gosh sakes, don't buy! That would be thing #1!

After that, a few uses come to mind. For one, all of these companies are profitable, so it is quite possible they may show up in a typical P/E or P/S screen. Consider this a warning to maybe throw them out right away.

Also, there are some investors (I'm not one) who are looking for shorting opportunities. This could be an interesting list for some candidates. All of these companies have SERIOUS debt problems, which not at all infrequently leads to bankruptcy court.

The List

And here are the lucky 19... Stats are from Yahoo!, and were compiled late last week.

Ticker Company MarketCap EnterpriseValue % of MktCap
BONT Bon-Ton Stores Inc 75.4 1,030 1,366%
BTU Peabody Energy Corporation 472.9 6,210 1,313%
CMLS Cumulus Media Inc 268.8 2,750 1,023%
CVO Cenveo Inc 114.7 1,360 1,186%
EAC Erickson Inc 51.2 544.8 1,064%
EXXI Energy XXI Ltd 146.4 4,170 2,848%
HOV Hovnanian Enterprises Inc 253.3 2,290 904%
IGLD Internet Gold-Golden Lines Ltd 141.5 3,250 2,297%
LINE Linn Energy LLC 902.2 11,240 1,246%
MNI McClatchy Company 84.0 1,040 1,238%
NADL North Atlantic Drilling Ltd 156.8 2,780 1,773%
ORIG Ocean Rig UDW Inc 497.2 4,450 895%
PACD Pacific Drilling 383.3 3,310 864%
RJET Republic Airways Holdings Inc 183.2 2,250 1,228%
ROIA Radio One Inc 122.1 1,090 893%
TC Thompson Creek Metals Company Inc 104.0 792.7 762%
VTG Vantage Drilling Company 51.6 2,620 5,078%
WIN Windstream Holdings Inc 695.9 11,480 1,650%
WTW Weight Watchers International Inc 334.7 2,440 729%

Disclosure: Steve owns no stocks referenced here.

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