LoJack (LOJN) stock trades today at exactly the same level it did two months ago. But in the last two months, it has experienced some wild gyrations, having traded almost 25% below its current price, and over 50% above its current price. Has the intrinsic value of this business really fluctuated so much since March 1st? Highly unlikely. (Note that we saw similar behaviour over the course of the life of Best Buy (BBY)).
Instead, what we are seeing is a highly uncertain auto market. With Chrysler filing for bankruptcy, GM's status up in the air, and weak auto sales in the first quarter (US sales were down 38% year over year), LoJack experienced a 40% revenue decline when it reported quarterly results last week. The stock price declined by over 30%!
Does it offer investors value at this level? It would appear so. The company has a market cap of $60 million, but carries a cash balance of $56 million! While it does have debt of $30 million, it has ample liquidity to cover this debt and then some.
As we've discussed with this company in a previous post, LoJack has a flexible cost structure (gross margin for the quarter was relatively flat despite the large drop in revenue). Furthermore, management has targeted $15 million in cost cuts in 2009 as compared to last year, and none of those savings occurred in the first quarter.
While nobody knows how long the slump in auto sales will last, LoJack has the ability to bring its costs in line with its revenue and a strong balance sheet, which means it can outlast a downturn. At current levels, it may offer investors little in the way of downside while offering strong upside potential if and when auto sales return.
Disclosure: Author owns a long position in shares of LOJN.