Cheap Stocks, 4/24/2009 Update

Only NASDAQ and us had a positive week last week.

The DOW was down .7%, NASDAQ was up 1.3% and the S+P 500 was down .4%. For the year the DOW is now down 8%, NASDAQ is UP 7.4% and the S+P 500 is down 4.1%. The Russell 3000 and the Wilshire 5000 are also down 2-3% this year.

We had a 1.3% gain last week and are up .8% for the year.

Last week we went 10 stocks up 10 down and 1 even. Since inception we are now 24 stocks up, and 22 down.

Since our beginning, we have closed out the following positions:

2006-NTCT +44%
2006-ONXS +11% (Buyout offer)
2006-DTLK +41%
2006-CAW +21% (Buyout offer)
2007-IYXI.ob +44% (Buyout offer)
2007-MOBI +47% (Buyout offer)
2007-INFT +11% (Buyout offer)
2007-RITT +62%
2007-MIVA +55%
2007-DTLK +25% (2 weeks)
2007-PDLI + 3%
2007-QADI +25%
2007-CIMT +50%
2007-BDR +19%
2007-LINN.ob -57% (mortgage business bust didn’t help here)
2007-TISA -39% (take some tax loss for 2007 due to disappointing results.
2008-ANGN +26%
2008-OPTO.ob +40% (Buy-out offer)
2008-PDLI +9% (company split, and special dividend)
2008-BDAY -39% (long overdue takeover offer-or “take-under”)
2008-DTLK +40% (third trip on this one)
2008-ILOG +26% (Buy-out offer from IBM)
2008-PARL +56%
2009-MBRK +67%
2009-SNWL +14%

The model portfolio assumes $10,000 invested in each stock (unless we double-up–then it is $20,000), less $10 commission each way (TD Ameritrade rate).

For the 24 stocks that we closed out in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 the average gain was 24%.

Spectranetics (SPNC-Recommended 9/2/2006)
Buy price $5.68 (was $8.90, $9.40 before adding $10,000,and was $10.65 before double up), Valuation –Suspended.
Down $.11 to $3.35.
SPNC announced earnngs in February. Q4 revenues were as expected–$26.6 million, up 11% over last year. They lost $1.1 million after $2 million in legal expense related to the “investigation”. Cash is $1.11 per share.
SPNC is suffering from the FDA, ICE raids that apparently eminated from an ex-employee whistle-blower trying to collect some money from the company. SPNC has the financial where-with-all to deal with this. Just got to wait this one out.
The company has $44 million in cash ($1.30 per share), no debt and is growing about 25% a year.
Now down 41%. HOLD.

DataWatch Corp. (DWCH-Recommended 2/12/2006)
Buy price $2.41 (was $3.02 before adding another $10,000,was $3.21 before adding another $10,000, averaged down from $3.66),
Valuation $8.09 (was $8.12, $8.64, $8.47, $8.47, $10.30, $9.28, $9.20, $8.32, $7.50, $7.63, $9.31)
Closed up $.18 at $1.50.
Cash is $.83 per share.
DWCH announced some more cost cutting in April–12 employees.
Earnings out in early February. Sales down 16% to $5.2 million, but they made $.06 per share. New valuation is $8.09 down a measley $.03 from last quarter.
Now down 38%. BUY

Mediware (MEDW-Recommended 6/4/2007)
Buy Price $6.33, (was $6.52, $6.67 ($10,000 added), $6.98 after double up)
Valuation $11.30 (was $11.48, $11.47 $10.99, $10.28, $13.32, $12.89, $13.40)
Down .01 to $4.00.
Earnings out in early February. Sales up 16% and they made $.04 per share. Cash was $2.34 per share and our valuation fell only a tad to $11.30 a share. With all of the below going on, when does MEDW get bought out?
Cannell Capital filed a 13D in February 2008, disclosing a 12.9% ownership stake. Cannell has been pushing MEDW management to sell the company. Meanwhile, Constellation Software, a Canadian public company that has been on an acquisition binge filed a 13D in April 2008, disclosing a 6.1% ownership in MEDW (499,000 shares). Constellation has $243 million in revenues and is profitable.
On November 14th, 2008, Constellation filed a 13D/A. One of their subsidiary officers bought over 300,000 MEDW shares in October, bringing their combined owership in MEDW to 17.9%
Down 37%. BUY

Candela Corp. (CLZR-Recommended 8/30/2007)
Buy Price $3.74 (was $7.26 before double up),
NEW Valuation $7.60 (was $4.31, $5.88, $8.63, $9.90, $8.69, $11.51)
Up $.21 at $1.03
Earnings out last week. Much better than the prior quarter. While sales were down, they only lost half a million dollars. They have $1.13 per share in cash and our valuation spiked up to $7.60.
Down 73%. HOLD.

MIVA. (MIVA-Recommended 10/21/2007)
Buy Price $1.63 (Was $2.38 before adding another $20,000, $2.62 before another $10,000 and was $3.00 before double up),
Valuation $5.61 (was $6.42, $6.84, $7.58, $7.59)
Up $.04 at $.33.
Earnings out in April. Horrible of course. This all means nothing at this point due to the sale of the media business for $11.6 million after the quarter ended.
The MEDIA had 20-30% gross margins and likely lost money. Looks like this will reduce annual revenues to maybe $40 million with 90% gross margins. No info on the bottom line impact. With say $15-$20 million of cash (our guess) and a high margin sales base we think our valuation will be in the $3+ range.
Down 80%. HOLD

Harris Interactive. (HPOL-Recommended 5/25/2008)
Buy Price $.59 (was $1.79, $1.82 before adding $10,000 each time, $2.02 before $10,000 added and $2.15 before double up),
Valuation $4.67 (Was $4.66, $6.00, $5.96)
Up $.05 at $.45.
HPOL recently announced another cost reduction effort to cut $10 million of expense base. They also announced they got another 30 day waiver on their bank loans. All-in-all–good news.
Even if they have to pay back some of their outstanding debt to come to a new agreement with their bank, they appear to have enough cash to survive.
Finaciere De Sainte Marine, is a big investor in HPOL. They now own 7,779,000 shares up from 6,640,381 shares in mid-2008, or over 14% of the company.
This past quarters results were: Sales off about 20%, and they took about $66 million of write-offs. Without all these charges they essentially had a small operating profit. Not bad for this economy and the 20% sales drop off. Cash was just a tiny bit more than bank debt (+-$26 million).
Down 35%. BUY

IPASS. (IPAS-Recommended 6/1/2008)
Buy Price-$1.90 (Was $2.07 before another $10,000 added and $2.15 before double up), Valuation $4.12 (was $4.99, $4.30, $4.09)
Up $.03 to $1.05
Foxhill is buying more IPASS. Ownership now up to 6.7%. They are also nominating 3 new Board members. Shamrock owns 9.8%, Royce 5.9% and Federated, 5.5%.
Earnings out in late February. Not bad. Sales down from $49 million to $46 million. They lost about $1.1 million on a Non-GAAP basis (excluding $84 million goodwill writeoff, etc.). Projecting $42-45 million in Q1 sales and a $.04-.07 per share Non-GAAP loss. They have $1.12 a share in cash (another “free” stock) and our valuation fell to $4.12, as margins dipped a bit.
Down 45%. BUY

Healthstream Inc. (HSTM-Recommended 8/4/2008)
Buy Price-$2.40
Valuation $4.83 (Was $4.62, $4.42)
Down $.01 at $2.07.
Earnings out in late February. Nice. Sales up 13% to $13.5 million and they made $1.1million pre-tax. Reported EPS was $.07. Our valuation rose to $4.83 per share. Not that easy to do in this economy.
Down 14%. BUY

CCA Industries. (CAW-Recommended 8/4/2008)
Buy Price-$5.51 (was $6.14 before $10,000 added, $6.66 before $10,000 added, $7.00 before $10,000 added) (9.3% dividend yield)
Valuation $17.05 (Was $14.51, $17.23, $18.36)
Up $.07 to $3.07.
CCA filed their 10Q last week. Our new valuation was better than we expected–$17.05 and cash was $2.11 per share.
Down 44%. HOLD

Magic Software Enterprises. (MGIC-Recommended 8/18/2008)
Buy Price-$1.93 (was $2.08 before another $10,000 added, $2.00 before $10,000 added at $2.16)
Valuation $3.97 (was $4.18, $4.15)
Closed down $.12 at $1.24
Earnings out in late February. They were good, but the markets nullified any positive action in MGIC. Our valuation fell a bit to $3.97 and cash stayed steady at $1.01 per share. Sales were only down 4% to $15.1 million and net income (before discontinued operations) tripled to $.03 per share. Not bad.
Formula Systems (NASDAQ-FORTY) holds 17,605,000 shares of MGIC or 55.4%. FORTY is a long-term investor that at some point will want to sell MGIC.
Down 36%. BUY

Angeion Corporation. (ANGN-Recommended 8/28/2008)
Buy Price-$3.82 (was $5.15 before $10,000 added)
Valuation $9.53 (was $13.30, $13.03)
Closed down $.09 at $2.13
Earnings out in late February. Sales fell from $7.5 million to $6.4 million and they lost $600,000 (actually less of a loss than last year). Cash was $2.11 per share, but our valuation fell to $9.53 (still almost 4 times the current share price).
Blueline Partners filed a 13D on ANGN on June 23, 2008. They own 216,000 shares or about 5.3% of the company. All of their purchases were well North of the current price.
Down 44%. BUY

Noah Educational. (NED-Recommended 10/5/2008)
Buy Price-$3.03(was $3.00 before $10,000 added)
Valuation $7.79 (Was $7.98, $7.18)
Closed down $.03 at $2.97
Earnings out in February. Revenue up 11% and they made $.04 per share.
Our valuation fell a tad to $7.79. Has cash of $3.58 per share–20% more than its share price. This valuation is just stupid.
Up 17% (adjusted for $.56 dividend). BUY

Datalink . (DTLK-Recommended 10/12/2008)
Buy Price-$3.02
NEW Valuation $8.55 (Was $10.27, $10.26)
Closed up $.17 at $3.24
Cash is $2.34 per share.
Earnings out last week. Sales down about 16% at $40 million, and they lost $.05 per share compared to a profit of $.04 last year. As expected, our valuation fell to $8.55. Still trading at less than 50% of even that reduced projected valuation.
UP 7%. HOLD

Global Shipping . (GSL-Recommended 10/12/2008)
Buy Price $2.59-(Was $3.69 before adding another $10,000)
Valuation NA-Dividend yield play
Closed up $.17 at $2.35
Current dividend yield–39%
Earnings out in March. Fleet utilization is 99%.
Their average ship charter life is around 10 years and the closest-in renewal is at the end of 2012. By then, you will have collected more than the current share price in dividends.
Went ex-dividend in February–still $.23 per quarter and they restructured their bank lines to help insure they can continue the dividend.
Down 9%. BUY

Cynosure. (SNWL-Recommended 10/29/2008)
Buy Price-$6.84 (Was $9.10 before double-up)
Valuation-$20.79-(Was $29.49)
Closed down $.18 at $6.21
CYNO has $7.45 per share in cash.
Announced preliminary results in April. Hmmmm, sales are expected to be down to about $15 million from $37 million last year and they expect to lose about $4 million. Not good.
Cash is still more than their market cap (about $70 million we think), and they seem to know how to manage their expenses in this downturn. “On sale”–FREE plus $1.24 a share in cash. As noted above.
Down 9%. HOLD

Cutera. (CUTR-Recommended 10/29/2008)
Buy Price-$7.88
Valuation-$ 18.06 (Was $18.88, $21.07)
Closed down $.25 at $6.30
Earnings out in Mid-February. Sales down 32% and they essentially broke-even for the quarter. Again, not bad given the economy. Cash fell a tad to $8.35 a share, and our valuation fell to $18.06. Cash is 127% of the share price. Yes, the business is “free” and you get $2.05 per share of cash as a gift to buy it.
Down 20%. BUY

OPKO Health Inc. (OPK-Recommended 2/16/2009)
Buy Price-$1.25
Valuation-NA–Speculation
Down $.12 at $1.13.
Suspension of a Phase 3 trial in March hammered OPK. The announcement didn’t make it sound like a total failure, more like they have some more work to do and may have to restructure the trial. Always complicated with new drugs and the FDA. That is why this is a speculation.
This is still a Phillip Frost play–Key and KOS Pharmaceutical. Frost put in $20 million to buy shares at $1.00–and keeps buying on the open market all the time. His ownership has now exceeded 50% with just over 100 million shares.
Down 10%. HOLD

OB-abies (Bulletin Board Listed Stocks)

As proven by OPTIO, patience is necessary with these stocks, especially in this Bear Market.

ARI Networks (ARIS.ob-Recommended 8/19/2006)
Buy price $1.61 (Was $1.78 before another $10,000 added, was $2.06 before double up),
aluation $5.19 (was $5.66, $5.63, $5.61, $5.71, $5.49, $5.34, $5.03, $5.28, $5.28, $5.21)
Closed at $.85, up $.10.
Earnings out in March. Not bad. Sales down about 6% from $3.4 to $3.2 million and they made $273,000 pre-tax income. Our valuation remained over $5 per share at $5.19.
Wake up management–you have a great little company here worth 5X what it is selling for.
Now down 47%. BUY. Still a Huge valuation gap here.

Avatech Solutions Inc. (AVSO.ob-Bought November 28, 2005)
Buy price $.79 (Was $.93, $.99 and $1.19 before adding $10,000-each time),
Valuation $2.78 (was $3.30, $3.76, $4.00 $3.41, $3.05, $2.53, $3.25, $3.29 $2.69, $3.36, $3.81)
Stock closed at $.40, down $.10.
They announced more cost cuts in April and made it sound like this quarter will be a bummer. They are taking out $500k per quarter in expenses. Hopefully this will be enough to keep them going. Their current market cap of $5 million is about 12.5% of annual sales.
Earnings out in February. Sales down 27%, and they lost $.03 per share.
Our valuation fell to $2.78 from $3.30. Still, they are not hemoragging cash and the current share price is less than 20% of our valuation.
Down 50%. HOLD.

CTI Holdings (CTIG.ob-Recommended 2/25/2006)
Buy price $.27 ask,
Valuation $1.57 (Was $1.40, $1.29, $1.38, $1.31, $1.38, $1.29, $1.42, $1.28 $1.13, $1.05, $.82)
Ask price $.14 unchanged. Closed at $.14.
Earnings out in late March. Sales for the year of $22.5 million, and they made $.03 per share. Our new valuation is $1.57 per share.
Their VOIP business continues to struggle and lose money–$2.7 million last year on $212,000 of revenues.
They might have to sell or shut this VOIP business down in our opinion. Just losing too much money, and eroding shareholder value.
Still an “undercover” company and stock.
Down 59%. HOLD

Lotus Pharmaceuticals (LTUS.ob-Recommended 12/3/2007)
Buy price $.84 (Was $.95 before $10,000 adder, $1.08 before double-up)
Valuation-$1.99 (Was $2.22, $1.61, $2.28, $2.08)
Closed at $.32, up $.01.
10K out last week. Sales for the year up 30% to $74 million and they made $.27 per share. Q4 sales were a whopping $26 million and they made $.14 per share in the QUARTER. Our valuation fell a bit though as gross margin fell to 46% and net cash continued to decline–to $1.99 per share. Still a lot of upside here we think.
Lotus announced in February that it bought the land use rights in Mongolia for $26 million, subject to contruction approvals etc. If the project is not approved, they get the money back. They paid for this out of internally generated funds. Pretty impressive. 3 years and $58 million to go to build this plant. They are also looking to sell or rent up to 80% of the land to other pharma companies to create a pharma industrial park.
This may work out ok. Unusual legal structure, $58 million construction project all hang over this company. Stock market still stinks, Chinese stocks maybe even worse than most.
Down 62%. BUY

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