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The Mighty Hercules Keels Over Dead! Was it the Vaccine? (HRI)

Posted on November 22, 2021

HERC Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HRI) rents heavy equipment to industry via its subsidiaries worldwide.

And during the Batflu, rental equipment was a hot item, apparently, as the stock rose some 1900% (no joke!) during the last, hysterical 20 months.

The charts below will explain more fully, but in the meantime, consider the company’s fundermentals –

  • To begin, P/E is an overstuffed 30.18.  This is machine rentals, folks, not social media.
  • Dividend Yield is 1.07%.
  • Price to Book is 6.10.
  • Debt/Equity is 1.97.
  • Over the last five years: Sales have grown by 1.20% per year and Earnings have declined by 8.60%. (But everyone’s expecting next year to be a blockbuster.)
  • In the last six months, insiders cashed out 69.71% of their holdings – 98% of which was dumped in October.  And whaddaya know, it was almost exclusively Carl Icahn who was responsible for the October cash-out.  He pocketed $86 million from his Herc shares in just the last 30 days!

Icahn Capital was the largest holder of HRI stock over the last few quarters, according to 13F filings.

But it looks like that’s changing.

A Confidence Builder.

The company just completed two acquisitions, expanding their reach in the greater Toronto and Chicago markets and pushing their total number of North American distributors to nearly 300.

The stock has reacted less than enthusiastically, however.

After hitting new highs, it appears it’s now rolling over.

Have a look –

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The arrogant ones have to rise to the height of belief in their own power before any fall can ensue.

At that point, we feed them to the lions.

May G-d protect us all until that great and glorious day.

With kind regards,

Hugh L. O’Haynew

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