Can Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (HMHC) Remain Competitive?

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (NASDAQ:HMHC) went up by 4.74% from its latest closing price compared to the recent 1-year high of $6.85. The company’s stock price has collected 53.18% of gains in the last five trading sessions. Press Release reported on 10/01/20 that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Announces Strategic Restructuring to Accelerate Transformation, Align Cost Structure to Support Digital First, Connected Strategy

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Is It Worth Investing in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (NASDAQ :HMHC) Right Now?

Plus, the 36-month beta value for HMHC is at 1.48. Opinions of the stock are interesting as 1 analysts out of 4 who provided ratings for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company declared the stock was a “buy,” while 0 rated the stock as “overweight,” 3 rated it as “hold,” and 0 as “sell.”


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The average price from analysts is $3.38, which is $0.35 above the current price. HMHC currently public float of 124.84M and currently shorts hold a 4.92% ratio of that float. Today, the average trading volume of HMHC was 5.71M shares.

HMHC’s Market Performance

HMHC stocks went up by 53.18% for the week, with a monthly jump of 17.26% and a quarterly performance of 77.85%, while its annual performance rate touched -42.89%. The volatility ratio for the week stands at 16.00% while the volatility levels for the past 30 days are set at 9.99% for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company. The simple moving average for the period of the last 20 days is 32.15% for HMHC stocks with a simple moving average of -13.50% for the last 200 days.

Analysts’ Opinion of HMHC

Many brokerage firms have already submitted their reports for HMHC stocks, with Citigroup repeating the rating for HMHC by listing it as a “Neutral.” The predicted price for HMHC in the upcoming period, according to Citigroup is $2.50 based on the research report published on October 05th of the current year 2020.

BMO Capital Markets, on the other hand, stated in their research note that they expect to see HMHC reach a price target of $3, previously predicting the price at $7. The rating they have provided for HMHC stocks is “Market Perform” according to the report published on April 07th, 2020.

Citigroup gave a rating of “Sell” to HMHC, setting the target price at $1 in the report published on April 03rd of the current year.

HMHC Trading at 12.88% from the 50-Day Moving Average

After a stumble in the market that brought HMHC to its low price for the period of the last 52 weeks, the company was unable to rebound, for now settling with -61.31% of loss for the given period.

Volatility was left at 9.99%, however, over the last 30 days, the volatility rate increased by 16.00%, as shares surge +18.30% for the moving average over the last 20 days. Over the last 50 days, in opposition, the stock is trading +1.15% upper at present.

During the last 5 trading sessions, HMHC rose by +53.18%, which changed the moving average for the period of 200-days by -56.20% in comparison to the 20-day moving average, which settled at $2.03. In addition, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company saw -57.60% in overturn over a single year, with a tendency to cut further losses.

Insider Trading

Reports are indicating that there were more than several insider trading activities at HMHC starting from Lynch John J Jr, who sale 6,005 shares at the price of $1.27 back on May 11. After this action, Lynch John J Jr now owns 281,358 shares of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company, valued at $7,626 using the latest closing price.

Stock Fundamentals for HMHC

Current profitability levels for the company are sitting at:

  • -10.33 for the present operating margin
  • +37.48 for the gross margin

The net margin for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company stands at -15.38. The total capital return value is set at -9.91, while invested capital returns managed to touch -14.93. Equity return is now at value -105.60, with -18.10 for asset returns.

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Based on Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (HMHC), the company’s capital structure generated 141.41 points at debt to equity in total, while total debt to capital is 58.58. Total debt to assets is 31.87, with long-term debt to equity ratio resting at 136.52. Finally, the long-term debt to capital ratio is 56.55.

Currently, EBITDA for the company is 40.47M with total debt to EBITDA at 4.53. When we switch over and look at the enterprise to sales, we see a ratio of 0.92, with the company’s debt to enterprise value settled at 0.63. The receivables turnover for the company is 7.17 and the total asset turnover is 0.56. The liquidity ratio also appears to be rather interesting for investors as it stands at 1.28.

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