Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company is part of the education industry and trades as part of the consumer defensive sector. The company CEO is John J. Lynch. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co provides content, services and technology to both educational institutions and consumers, reaching over 50 million students in more than 150 countries. It also published trade and reference materials.

Previous Intraday Performance:

The HMHC shares had a previous change of 0.75% which opened at 6.83 and closed at 6.71. It moved to an intraday high of 6.91 and a low of 6.64.

SeekingAlpha:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (HMHC) CEO Jack Lynch on Q1 2019 Results – Earnings Call Transcript

Historical Performance:

Over the last five trading days, HMHC shares returned -18.67% and in the past 30 trading days it returned -11.13%. Over three months, it changed -33.43%. In one year it has changed -0.59% and within that year its 52-week high was 10.64 and its 52-week low was 5.10. HMHC stock is 31.57% above its 52 Week Low.

Our calculations result in a 200 day moving average of 7.81 and a 50 day moving average of 7.45. Right now, HMHC stock is trading -14.06% below its 200 day moving average and may not be a great opportunity to buy as it may continue to trend down.

SeekingAlpha:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (HMHC) CEO Jack Lynch on Q1 2019 Results – Earnings Call Transcript


The company has a market cap of $839.0m with 124.1m shares outstanding and a float of 122.9m shares. Trading volume was 290,931 shares and has experienced an average volume of 771,102 shares. Our calculation, using the current average volume and close price, leads me to believe that the liquidity is bad, highly speculative and an investor may want to avoid this stock.


The last annual reported EPS for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company was -0.76 which ended on 31st of December 2018. Based on 4 analyst estimates, the consensus EPS for the next quarter is -0.71.

Base on our calculations, the intrinsic value per share is 25.68, which means it might be undervalued and has a margin of safety of 73.87%

The next earnings report will be: 05-21-2019

The growth of the EPS is critical in understanding the current valuation of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company; it is usually expressed as a percentage and is then referred to as the EPS growth rate, which at this time is hard to estimate, but revenue growth has been -1.00% over the last twelve months.

Indicators Also to Watch:

I calculated the beta to be 0.83

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Fundamental Numbers:

Based on last reported financials, the company’s return on equity is -16.47%, return on assets is -4.69%, profit margin is -8.58%, price-to-sales is 0.60 and price-to-book is 1.23.

Company Score Card:

Results are out of six:
 0  : Growth Expectations Result
 3  : Financial Safety Result
 0  : Past Performance Result
 3  : Valuation Result
 0  : Dividend Safety Result
 1  : Overall Result

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Jake McWilliams
I am an independent trader, analyst and algorithmic trading expert, having worked both for the sell side (brokerage) and the buy side (fund administration). I have been trading professionally for about 20 years. I trade stocks and forex and I play both long and short positions in underlying asset or through options. I have experience with discretionary and fully automated systems (Metatrader and Quantshare).


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