HTZ Analysis

Hertz Global Holdings Inc. (HTZ)

Update 8/14/2017: HTZ missed earnings estimate by a large margin. The Street expected a 23 cent loss per share; it got a $1.90 loss. The stock price rose (yes, “rose” is correct) by nearly $3 in the session after publication, and continued to rise steadily for the three ensuing days. I exited with shares at $19.50.

Shares rose by 33.1% over my six-day holding period, or a +2,014% annual rate. The options position produced a -41.5% loss on debit for a -2,525% annual rate.

Zacks Investment Research gave HTZ a 1.32% earnings surprise predictor score, probably not enough to warn me off of the trade.

Had I exited in the first trading session after earnings were published, I would have paid a $3.40 premium to exit. As it is, the price of getting out was $4.12, a significant worsening of the loss. In hindsight, an immediate exit was the best strategy.

HTZ publishes earnings on Tuesday after the closing bell.

I shall use options that trade for the last time 10 days hence, on Aug. 18.

Implied volatility stands at 102%, which is 10.3 times the VIX, a measure of the volatility of the S&P 500 index.

HTZ’s IV stands in the 91st percentile of its annual range and the 88th percentile of its most recent broad movement.

The price used for analysis was $14.73.

Premium: $2.41 Expire OTM  
 HTZ-iron condor ` Odds Delta
Long 20.00 94.6% 8
Break-even 17.41 ~81.2% ~25
Short 15.00 57.8% 51
Short 15.00 42.4% 49
Break-even 12.41 ~72.1% ~21
Long 10.00 90.9% 6

The premium is 48% of the width of the position’s wings.

The risk/reward ratio is 1.2:1.

Decision for My Account

I have entered an order on HTZ as described above. The stock at the time of entry was priced at $14.65.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Aug. 8, 2017


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