Cheap Stocks, 11/27/2015 Update

Please note that we are closing this Blog at the end of 2015.

We were up 2.6% last week and are now up 2.9% for the year.

We sold TSYS on the buy out for a 260% gain.

Meanwhile, the DOW was down .1% and the NASDAQ was up .4%. For the year the DOW is down .1% and NASDAQ is now up 8.3%.

Too bad we picked DXM—without it we would be up 13.5% for the year. Stay away from turnarounds with a ton of debt!

GSL, CKP, CRNT, ATEC, AVID and SYNC, can still be bought.

Last week we went 9 stocks up, 4 down and 1 even. Since inception we are now 71 stocks up and 21 down for a 77.2% winning percentage (80% is our target win %). Of our closed-out positions 66 have been winners and 14 have been losers for an 82.5% win percentage and a 39% average net gain per position.

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).

Global Ship Lease. (NYSE-GSL)-Recommended 11/10/2015)

Buy Price $3.68

Valuation $6.00

Closed up $.06 at $3.44

Pays $.40 dividend, soon to be $.50

We are supposing GSL is down due to the new lows in the Baltic shipping rates. GSL’s ships are under long term rate with an aver duration of just over 5 years. Baltic rates today are meaningless in our opinion.

Down 7%

BUY 

MER Telemanagement Systems. (NASDAQ-MTSL)-Recommended 9/22/2015)

Buy Price $1.25

Valuation $2.89 (Was $3.56)

Closed down $.01 at $.88

MTSL announced Q3 2015 earnings (quarter ended September 30, 2015) on November 5, 2015.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/mts-announces-third-quarter-2015-130000559.html

Revenues were $3.8 million up from $1.8 million last year. They had a Non-GAAP loss of $.02 per share versus a $.08 loss last year. These results include a full quarter of Vexigo. While the results were not as good as we had hoped for when we recommended MTSL, our new valuation of $2.89 (was $3.46) is still more than double the current stock price and they seem to be indicating that Q4 video advertising (Vexigo) will be better.

Down 30%

HOLD

Checkpoint Systems Inc. (NYSE-CKP)-Recommended 9/16/2015)

Buy Price $6.76 ($7.79 before adding $10,000 at $5.97 on 11/5/2015)

Valuation $17.98 (Was $18.28)

Closed down $.03 at $6.18

CKP announced Q3 2015 earnings (quarter ended September 30, 2015) on November 4, 2015. Revenues were $146 million down from $161 million last year. They made a Non-GAAP profit of $.07 per share versus a $.22 profit last year. Foreign currency impact was most of the sales decline (over 90%). They reduced their sales guidance for the year to $575-$600 million down from $625 million and at the top end of Adjusted EBITDA to $50-$60 million down from $55-$68 million. They also announced an accounting error in their previous quarterly reports this year in how they accounted for income taxes, but according to their 8K, the errors have no impact on cash flow, or any other pre-tax numbers. Nevertheless not good news.

Our valuation fell a bit to $17.98 from $18.28.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/checkpoint-systems-inc-announces-third-012200717.html

Down 9% BUY 

Ceregon Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ-CRNT)-Recommended 8/20/2015)

Buy Price $1.38 (Was $1.46 before adding $10,000 at $1.30 on 11/2/2015)

Valuation $4.54 (Was $4.84)

Closed down $.05 at $1.39

CRGN announced Q3 2015 earnings (quarter ended September 30, 2015) on November 2, 2015.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ceragon-networks-reports-third-quarter-123000706.html

Revenues were $85.4 million down from $99 million last year. They made a Non-GAAP profit of $.05 per share versus a $.05 loss last year. Their focus on profitability rather than revenues seems to be paying off. For the nine months they now have a Non-GAAP profit of $.07 versus a loss of $.37 last year. They paid down about $6 million of debt and now have less than $5 million of net debt. Our valuation moved down a bit to $4.54 from $4.84 last quarter.

UP 1% BUY

Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ-AVID)-Recommended 1/20/2015)

Buy Price $10.25 (Was $14 before 8/15 double up at $8.08.

Valuation $23.99 (Was $22.24, $22.59 $23.86, $28.10)

Closed up $.40 at $6.97

AVID announced Q3 2015 earnings (quarter ended September 30, 2015) on 11/4/2015.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/avid-announces-financial-results-third-215941217.html

Revenues were $137.4 million down from $142.4 million last year. They made a Non-GAAP profit of $.47 per share versus a $.57 profit last year. Our valuation moved up a bit to $23.99 from $22.24 last quarter. Overall a decent quarter as they continue their transition to a recurring revenue model, foregoing short term revenues and profits. AVID is trading for less than 40% of our valuation.

Down 32% BUY

Alphatec Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ-ATEC)-Recommended 9/2/2014)

Buy Price $.59 ($1.56 before doubling up on 8/10/2015 at $.66 and adding $10,000 at $.34)

Valuation $1.82 (Was $2.54, $2.61, $3.11, $2.95, $3.00)

Closed at $.24 up $.01

ATEC reported Q3 2015 earnings (quarter ended September 30, 2015) on 11/3/2015’.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/alphatec-holdings-announces-third-quarter-214255650.html

Revenues were $43 million down from $51 million last year and they broke-even on a Non-GAAP basis versus a $.01 loss last year. They did write-off $165 million of goodwill and intangibles in Q3. Our valuation fell to $1.82 a share from $2.07 last quarter. They have/are introducing new products and cutting costs, so we think this may be the bottom. In any event, ATEC is trading at less than 25% of our valuation.

Down 59% BUY

CafePress, Inc. Inc. (NASDAQ-PRSS)-Recommended 5/19/2014)

Buy Price $4.01 (Was $5.40 before adding $10,000 at $3.19 on 3/2/2015)

Valuation $9.09 (Was $8.95, $9.09 $12.50, $11.17, $12.51, $11.27)

Closed up $.20 at $4.17

Q3 2015 earnings were announced on 11/12/2015.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/cafepress-reports-results-third-quarter-211500913.html

Again, not bad. Revenues fell to $19.5 million from $25.9 million last year as they continued to slim down the business and focus on cash and profit. Their loss from operations declined to $2.1 million from $5.8 million last year. Adjusted EBITDA was negative $45 thousand versus negative $3.15 million last year. Cash fell to $44 million ($2.56) a share from $46 million. Our valuation for this seasonally weak quarter was $7.97 down from $8.95 last quarter.

UP 4% HOLD

Extreme Networks, Inc. Inc. (NASDAQ-UNTD)-Recommended 3/12/2014)

Buy Price $3.43 (was $3.95 before we added another $10,000)

Valuation $7.69, (Was $9.47, $6.99, $9.34, $8.24, $9.68, $8.52)

Closed up $.20 at $4.34

Extreme announced Q1 2016 (September 30, 2015) on October 29, 2015.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/extreme-networks-reports-first-quarter-200500547.html

Revenues came in at $124.9 compared to $137.0 and they made $.07 a share versus a loss of $.01 a share last year on a Non-GAAP basis. Our valuation came in at $7.69 a share versus $8.24 last year but better than our estimate of $7.45 for this quarter. Based on their guidance for next quarter our valuation should go up.

Up 21=7%, HOLD

Synacor Inc. (NASDAQ-SYNC)-Recommended 12/17/2013)

Buy Price $2.56

Valuation $5.20 (Was $5.29, $5.71, $6.61, $5.58, $5.21, $5.44, $6.67, $6.39)’

Closed up $.12 at $1.73

SYNC announced Q3 2015 earnings on 11/10/2015. Revenues were $26.3 million flat with $26.2 million last year. GAAP Net loss was $.03 per share compared to a $.09 loss last year. Adjusted EBITDA was a positive $1.9 million compared to positive adjusted EBITDA of $.063 million last year.

Our valuation rose to $5.20 from our pro-forma valuation of $5.06 last quarter. Cash was $.29 per share.

While cash was used to buy Zimbra, it only contributed to the quarterly results for less than a month.

Guidance for next quarter is promising-from their press release:

“Based on information available as of November 11, 2015, the company is providing financial guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2015 as follows:

  • Q4 2015 Guidance: Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2015 is projected to be in the range of $29.0 million to $31.0 million. The company expects to report adjusted EBITDA of $0.8 million to $1.8 million.
  • Fiscal 2015 Guidance: Revenue for the full year of 2015 is projected to be in the range of $107.0 million to $109.0 million. For the full year of 2015, the company expects to report adjusted EBITDA of $5.5 million to $6.5 million”.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/synacor-beats-quarterly-revenue-adjusted-210607500.html

Down 32%. BUY

Dex Media Inc. (NASDAQ-DXM)-Recommended 5/10/2013)

Buy Price 6.46 (Was $15.14 before adding $10,000 on 3/30/2015)

Valuation $21.00 (Was $31.00, $31.00, $34.00, $37.98, $34.36, $31.50, $24.25)

Closed unchanged at $.12

If it isn’t apparent, DEX could go bankrupt and the market valuation is betting on it with a market cap under $5 million. They are working on a restructuring with their lenders and entered into a forebearance agreement in November and received a term sheet from a group of lenders representing over 50% of the senior debt. They did not disclose the contents or if stock holders would be wiped out. So maybe that is good news? We have said all along this was a risky bet, and it looks like it surely was. Too much debt and their business declining too fast. This is a cheap lottery ticket.

Q2, 2015 earnings were announced August 6, 2015.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/dex-media-announces-second-quarter-110000263.html

Revenues were $387 million, down from $474 million last year and down from $406 million last quarter and adjusted EBITDA was $159 million up from $143 million last quarter and down from $176 million last year. Overall not a great quarter. For the year they are guiding to revenue of about $1.5 billion and $525 million of EBITDA. In their original projection for 2015 they were looking at revenue of $2.077 billion and EBITDA of $782 million. Clearly they are not making their projections. Net debt was $2.144 (their original projection was to end 2015 with $2.004 billion of debt—a goal they will likely make. Based on this performance we have lowered our valuation to $4.71 a share. DEX announced a major restructuring on December 11, 2014. They expect to incur

$70-$100 million of expenses to achieve $150 million of ongoing expense savings with $110 million of that coming in 2015. They expect to begin deleveraging their balance sheet (meaning Net Debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio) in 2016. No question that’s what they need to do.

Down 98% HOLD

Bridgeline Digital Inc. (NASDAQ-BLIN)-Recommended 8/24/2012)

Buy Price $3.95 ($ 5.85, $6.20 before 12/15/2014 and 2/14/2014 $10,000 adders)

Valuation $6.20 (Was $6.10, $5.85, $5.98 $7.55, $8.75, $8.80, $1.83, $9.15, $10.95, $11.75, $12.80, $11.20)

Closed down $.06 at $1.23

The CEO has been booted out. Probably not good for the quarter, but it is time to get this company energized or sold.

BLIN announced Q3 2015 earnings (quarter ended June 30, 2015) on 8/14/2015. Revenues were $4.9 million down from $6.2 million last year but up from $4.8 million last quarter. They lost $.20 per share on a Non-GAAP basis compared to $.24 last year. Our valuation rose to $6.20 up from $6.10 last quarter on better margins. Overall, while margins and EBITDA (adjusted) improved it was pretty much a nothing quarter. Have to wait longer here as they eke out an existence and hopefully get this little boat moving in the right direction. HOLD

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/bridgeline-digital-announces-financial-results-120000429.html

Down 69%, HOLD

Telecommunications Systems Inc. (NASDAQ-TSYS)-Recommended 6/14/2012)

Buy Price- $1.37

Valuation $7.01 (Was $5.78, $5.43, $6.55, $6.88, $6.12, $5.99, $5.32, $6.81, $6.28, $4.89, $6.02, $6.72, $5.49)

SOLD at $4.93 for a 260% gain.

Concurrent Computer (NASDAQ-CCUR)-Recommended 2/4/2011)

Buy Price-$4.58 (Was $5.08 before $.50 special dividend)

Valuation $12.45 (was $11.49,$16.38, $13.07, $14.80, $17.72, $15.01, $15.10, $14.55, $14.77, $16.26, $16.20, $15.37, $13.53, $15.85, $14.13, $11.38, $14.04, $18.54, $15.99)

Closed up $.19 at $6.26 (including $1.20 of dividends)

Pays $.48 annual dividend.

Q1 2016 earnings were announced on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/concurrent-reports-first-quarter-fiscal-210100825.html

Revenues were $13.4 million down from $13.8 million last quarter and down from $17.5 million last year. They had a loss of about $900,000 excluding the $4.1 million gain on the sale of their video analytics business. Overall, not a great quarter. Our valuation actually rose to $12.45 from $11.49 last quarter on gross margin expansion. We really think it is time for this company to be sold.

We continue to collect the 10% dividend.

UP 37%, HOLD

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),

Valuation $5.95 (was $6.66, $6.47, $5.96, $6.02, $5.67, $5.57, $5.70, $6.71, $6.41, $6.14, $5.97, $6.21, $6.13, $5.82, $5.81, $5.72, $5.65, $5.39, $4.86, $5.60, $5.73, $5.54, $5.74, $5.96, $4.72, $5.19, $5.66, $5.63, $5.61, $5.71, $5.49, $5.34, $5.03, $5.28, $5.28, $5.21)

Closed at $3.89 up $.22.

Q4 2015 (quarter ended 7/31/2015) earnings were announced on Wednesday, October 28th.

Another nice quarter operationally. Revenues were up 23% from last year at $10.9 million and they made $.02 a share. Revenues cracked $40 million for the year and they made $.07 a share.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ari-network-services-inc-announces-200400126.html

While all was good, our valuation fell a bit to $5.95 due to shares outstanding rising to just over 17 million, but only included a partial quarter from their latest acquisition. Hopefully, a full quarter from this acquisition will offset the additional shares.

UP 141%, HOLD

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Cheap Stocks, 11/20/2015 Update

Please note that we are closing this Blog at the end of 2015.

We were up .4% last week and are now up .4% for the year.

Meanwhile, the DOW was up 3.4% and the NASDAQ was up 3.6%. For the year the DOW is even and NASDAQ is now up 7.8%.

GSL, CKP, CRNT, ATEC, AVID and SYNC, can still be bought.

Last week we went 9 stocks up, 4 down and 1 even. Since inception we are now 70 stocks up and 22 down for a 76.1% winning percentage (80% is our target win %). Of our closed-out positions 65 have been winners and 14 have been losers for an 82% win percentage and a 35% average net gain per position.

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).

Global Ship Lease. (NYSE-GSL)-Recommended 11/10/2015)

Buy Price $3.68

Valuation $6.00

Closed down $.21 at $3.38

Pays $.40 dividend, soon to be $.50

We are supposing GSL is down due to the new lows in the Baltic shipping rates. GSL’s ships are under long term rate with an aver duration of just over 5 years. Baltic rates today are meaningless in our opinion.

Down 8%

BUY 

MER Telemanagement Systems. (NASDAQ-MTSL)-Recommended 9/22/2015)

Buy Price $1.25

Valuation $2.89 (Was $3.56)

Closed unchanged at $.89

MTSL announced Q3 2015 earnings (quarter ended September 30, 2015) on November 5, 2015.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/mts-announces-third-quarter-2015-130000559.html

Revenues were $3.8 million up from $1.8 million last year. They had a Non-GAAP loss of $.02 per share versus a $.08 loss last year. These results include a full quarter of Vexigo. While the results were not as good as we had hoped for when we recommended MTSL, our new valuation of $2.89 (was $3.46) is still more than double the current stock price and they seem to be indicating that Q4 video advertising (Vexigo) will be better.

Down 29%

HOLD

Checkpoint Systems Inc. (NYSE-CKP)-Recommended 9/16/2015)

Buy Price $6.76 ($7.79 before adding $10,000 at $5.97 on 11/5/2015)

Valuation $17.98 (Was $18.28)

Closed up $.10 at $6.21

CKP announced Q3 2015 earnings (quarter ended September 30, 2015) on November 4, 2015. Revenues were $146 million down from $161 million last year. They made a Non-GAAP profit of $.07 per share versus a $.22 profit last year. Foreign currency impact was most of the sales decline (over 90%). They reduced their sales guidance for the year to $575-$600 million down from $625 million and at the top end of Adjusted EBITDA to $50-$60 million down from $55-$68 million. They also announced an accounting error in their previous quarterly reports this year in how they accounted for income taxes, but according to their 8K, the errors have no impact on cash flow, or any other pre-tax numbers. Nevertheless not good news.

Our valuation fell a bit to $17.98 from $18.28.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/checkpoint-systems-inc-announces-third-012200717.html

Down 8% BUY

Ceregon Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ-CRNT)-Recommended 8/20/2015)

Buy Price $1.38 (Was $1.46 before adding $10,000 at $1.30 on 11/2/2015)

Valuation $4.54 (Was $4.84)

Closed up $.12 at $1.44

CRGN announced Q3 2015 earnings (quarter ended September 30, 2015) on November 2, 2015.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ceragon-networks-reports-third-quarter-123000706.html

Revenues were $85.4 million down from $99 million last year. They made a Non-GAAP profit of $.05 per share versus a $.05 loss last year. Their focus on profitability rather than revenues seems to be paying off. For the nine months they now have a Non-GAAP profit of $.07 versus a loss of $.37 last year. They paid down about $6 million of debt and now have less than $5 million of net debt. Our valuation moved down a bit to $4.54 from $4.84 last quarter.

UP 5% BUY

Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ-AVID)-Recommended 1/20/2015)

Buy Price $10.25 (Was $14 before 8/15 double up at $8.08.

Valuation $23.99 (Was $22.24, $22.59 $23.86, $28.10)

Closed up $.33 at $6.57

AVID announced Q3 2015 earnings (quarter ended September 30, 2015) on 11/4/2015.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/avid-announces-financial-results-third-215941217.html

Revenues were $137.4 million down from $142.4 million last year. They made a Non-GAAP profit of $.47 per share versus a $.57 profit last year. Our valuation moved up a bit to $23.99 from $22.24 last quarter. Overall a decent quarter as they continue their transition to a recurring revenue model, foregoing short term revenues and profits. AVID is trading for less than 40% of our valuation.

Down 35% BUY

Alphatec Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ-ATEC)-Recommended 9/2/2014)

Buy Price $.59 ($1.56 before doubling up on 8/10/2015 at $.66 and adding $10,000 at $.34)

Valuation $1.82 (Was $2.54, $2.61, $3.11, $2.95, $3.00)

Closed at $.23

ATEC reported Q3 2015 earnings (quarter ended September 30, 2015) on 11/3/2015’.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/alphatec-holdings-announces-third-quarter-214255650.html

Revenues were $43 million down from $51 million last year and they broke-even on a Non-GAAP basis versus a $.01 loss last year. They did write-off $165 million of goodwill and intangibles in Q3. Our valuation fell to $1.82 a share from $2.07 last quarter. They have/are introducing new products and cutting costs, so we think this may be the bottom. In any event, ATEC is trading at less than 25% of our valuation.

Down 61% BUY

CafePress, Inc. Inc. (NASDAQ-PRSS)-Recommended 5/19/2014)

Buy Price $4.01 (Was $5.40 before adding $10,000 at $3.19 on 3/2/2015)

Valuation $9.09 (Was $8.95, $9.09 $12.50, $11.17, $12.51, $11.27)

Closed up $.05 at $3.97

Q3 2015 earnings were announced on 11/12/2015.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/cafepress-reports-results-third-quarter-211500913.html

Again, not bad. Revenues fell to $19.5 million from $25.9 million last year as they continued to slim down the business and focus on cash and profit. Their loss from operations declined to $2.1 million from $5.8 million last year. Adjusted EBITDA was negative $45 thousand versus negative $3.15 million last year. Cash fell to $44 million ($2.56) a share from $46 million. Our valuation for this seasonally weak quarter was $7.97 down from $8.95 last quarter.

Down 1% HOLD

Extreme Networks, Inc. Inc. (NASDAQ-UNTD)-Recommended 3/12/2014)

Buy Price $3.43 (was $3.95 before we added another $10,000)

Valuation $7.69, (Was $9.47, $6.99, $9.34, $8.24, $9.68, $8.52)

Closed up $.38 at $4.14

Extreme announced Q1 2016 (September 30, 2015) on October 29, 2015.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/extreme-networks-reports-first-quarter-200500547.html

Revenues came in at $124.9 compared to $137.0 and they made $.07 a share versus a loss of $.01 a share last year on a Non-GAAP basis. Our valuation came in at $7.69 a share versus $8.24 last year but better than our estimate of $7.45 for this quarter. Based on their guidance for next quarter our valuation should go up.

Up 21%, HOLD

Synacor Inc. (NASDAQ-SYNC)-Recommended 12/17/2013)

Buy Price $2.56

NEW Valuation $5.20 (Was $5.29, $5.71, $6.61, $5.58, $5.21, $5.44, $6.67, $6.39)’

Closed down $.11 at $1.43

SYNC announced Q3 2015 earnings on 11/10/2015. Revenues were $26.3 million flat with $26.2 million last year. GAAP Net loss was $.03 per share compared to a $.09 loss last year. Adjusted EBITDA was a positive $1.9 million compared to positive adjusted EBITDA of $.063 million last year.

Our valuation rose to $5.20 from our pro-forma valuation of $5.06 last quarter. Cash was $.29 per share.

While cash was used to buy Zimbra, it only contributed to the quarterly results for less than a month.

Guidance for next quarter is promising-from their press release:

“Based on information available as of November 11, 2015, the company is providing financial guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2015 as follows:

  • Q4 2015 Guidance: Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2015 is projected to be in the range of $29.0 million to $31.0 million. The company expects to report adjusted EBITDA of $0.8 million to $1.8 million.
  • Fiscal 2015 Guidance: Revenue for the full year of 2015 is projected to be in the range of $107.0 million to $109.0 million. For the full year of 2015, the company expects to report adjusted EBITDA of $5.5 million to $6.5 million”.

 

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/synacor-beats-quarterly-revenue-adjusted-210607500.html

Down 44%. BUY

Dex Media Inc. (NASDAQ-DXM)-Recommended 5/10/2013)

Buy Price 6.46 (Was $15.14 before adding $10,000 on 3/30/2015)

Valuation $21.00 (Was $31.00, $31.00, $34.00, $37.98, $34.36, $31.50, $24.25)

Closed up $.02 at $.12

If it isn’t apparent, DEX could go bankrupt and the market valuation is betting on it with a market cap under $5 million. They are working on a restructuring with their lenders and entered into a forebearance agreement in November and received a term sheet from a group of lenders representing over 50% of the senior debt. They did not disclose the contents or if stock holders would be wiped out. So maybe that is good news? We have said all along this was a risky bet, and it looks like it surely was. Too much debt and their business declining too fast. This is a cheap lottery ticket.

Q2, 2015 earnings were announced August 6, 2015.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/dex-media-announces-second-quarter-110000263.html

Revenues were $387 million, down from $474 million last year and down from $406 million last quarter and adjusted EBITDA was $159 million up from $143 million last quarter and down from $176 million last year. Overall not a great quarter. For the year they are guiding to revenue of about $1.5 billion and $525 million of EBITDA. In their original projection for 2015 they were looking at revenue of $2.077 billion and EBITDA of $782 million. Clearly they are not making their projections. Net debt was $2.144 (their original projection was to end 2015 with $2.004 billion of debt—a goal they will likely make. Based on this performance we have lowered our valuation to $4.71 a share. DEX announced a major restructuring on December 11, 2014. They expect to incur

$70-$100 million of expenses to achieve $150 million of ongoing expense savings with $110 million of that coming in 2015. They expect to begin deleveraging their balance sheet (meaning Net Debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio) in 2016. No question that’s what they need to do.

Down 99% HOLD

Bridgeline Digital Inc. (NASDAQ-BLIN)-Recommended 8/24/2012)

Buy Price $3.95 ($ 5.85, $6.20 before 12/15/2014 and 2/14/2014 $10,000 adders)

Valuation $6.20 (Was $6.10, $5.85, $5.98 $7.55, $8.75, $8.80, $1.83, $9.15, $10.95, $11.75, $12.80, $11.20)

Closed up $.03 at $1.29

BLIN announced Q3 2015 earnings (quarter ended June 30, 2015) on 8/14/2015. Revenues were $4.9 million down from $6.2 million last year but up from $4.8 million last quarter. They lost $.20 per share on a Non-GAAP basis compared to $.24 last year. Our valuation rose to $6.20 up from $6.10 last quarter on better margins. Overall, while margins and EBITDA (adjusted) improved it was pretty much a nothing quarter. Have to wait longer here as they eke out an existence and hopefully get this little boat moving in the right direction. HOLD

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/bridgeline-digital-announces-financial-results-120000429.html

Down 67%, HOLD

Telecommunications Systems Inc. (NASDAQ-TSYS)-Recommended 6/14/2012)

Buy Price- $1.37

Valuation $7.01 (Was $5.78, $5.43, $6.55, $6.88, $6.12, $5.99, $5.32, $6.81, $6.28, $4.89, $6.02, $6.72, $5.49)

Closed down $.15 at $4.39

Q3 2015 earnings were announced on, October 29, 2015.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/telecommunication-systems-reports-third-quarter-200500194.html

Revenues were $101.1 million, up from $95.3 million last year and adjusted EPS was $.12 compared to $.05 last year. Overall a very nice quarter-again. Our valuation jumped to $7.01 $ up from $6.88 last year and up from $5.78 last quarter.

We are now waiting on the outcome of their “strategic alternatives” investigation with Lazard. This is still a HOLD.

UP 220%, HOLD

Concurrent Computer (NASDAQ-CCUR)-Recommended 2/4/2011)

Buy Price-$4.58 (Was $5.08 before $.50 special dividend)

Valuation $12.45 (was $11.49,$16.38, $13.07, $14.80, $17.72, $15.01, $15.10, $14.55, $14.77, $16.26, $16.20, $15.37, $13.53, $15.85, $14.13, $11.38, $14.04, $18.54, $15.99)

Closed down $.06 at $6.07 (including $1.20 of dividends)

Pays $.48 annual dividend.

Q1 2016 earnings were announced on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/concurrent-reports-first-quarter-fiscal-210100825.html

Revenues were $13.4 million down from $13.8 million last quarter and down from $17.5 million last year. They had a loss of about $900,000 excluding the $4.1 million gain on the sale of their video analytics business. Overall, not a great quarter. Our valuation actually rose to $12.45 from $11.49 last quarter on gross margin expansion. We really think it is time for this company to be sold.

We continue to collect the 10% dividend.

UP 33%, HOLD

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),

Valuation $5.95 (was $6.66, $6.47, $5.96, $6.02, $5.67, $5.57, $5.70, $6.71, $6.41, $6.14, $5.97, $6.21, $6.13, $5.82, $5.81, $5.72, $5.65, $5.39, $4.86, $5.60, $5.73, $5.54, $5.74, $5.96, $4.72, $5.19, $5.66, $5.63, $5.61, $5.71, $5.49, $5.34, $5.03, $5.28, $5.28, $5.21)

Closed at $3.67 down $.19.

Q4 2015 (quarter ended 7/31/2015) earnings were announced on Wednesday, October 28th.

Another nice quarter operationally. Revenues were up 23% from last year at $10.9 million and they made $.02 a share. Revenues cracked $40 million for the year and they made $.07 a share.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ari-network-services-inc-announces-200400126.html

While all was good, our valuation fell a bit to $5.95 due to shares outstanding rising to just over 17 million, but only included a partial quarter from their latest acquisition. Hopefully, a full quarter from this acquisition will offset the additional shares.

UP 128%, HOLD

Cheap Stocks, 11/13/2015 Update

Well this week all the markets got bombed. We were down 5.7% and are now dead even on the year. Last week it was CafePress’s turn to get hammered on not-bad earnings.. From what we could tell, the only reason was that while the turnaround is on track, it will take longer than investors expected. Meanwhile, the DOW was down 3.7% and the NASDAQ was down 4.3%. For the year the DOW is down 3.2% and NASDAQ is now up 4.0%. Tax loss selling isn’t helping stock prices right now.

PRSS and SYNC earnings last week.

Some of our stocks are just stupid cheap—compared to their net cash on hand divided by their stock price.

Check this list:

CCUR 43%
PRSS 65%
MTSL 66%

GSL, CKP, CRNT, ATEC, AVID, EXTR and SYNC, can still be bought.

Last week we went 3 stocks up and 11 down. Since inception we are now 69 stocks up and 23 down for a 75% winning percentage (80% is our target win %). Of our closed-out positions 65 have been winners and 14 have been losers for an 82% win percentage and a 35% average net gain per position.

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).

Global Ship Lease. (NYSE-GSL)-Recommended 11/10/2015)

Buy Price $3.68

Valuation $6.00

Closed down $.09 at $3.59

Pays $.40 dividend

Down 2%

BUY

MER Telemanagement Systems. (NASDAQ-MTSL)-Recommended 9/22/2015)

Buy Price $1.25

Valuation $2.89 (Was $3.56)

Closed down $.11 at $.89

MTSL announced Q3 2015 earnings (quarter ended September 30, 2015) on November 5, 2015.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/mts-announces-third-quarter-2015-130000559.html

Revenues were $3.8 million up from $1.8 million last year. They had a Non-GAAP loss of $.02 per share versus a $.08 loss last year. These results include a full quarter of Vexigo. While the results were not as good as we had hoped for when we recommended MTSL, our new valuation of $2.89 (was $3.46) is still more than double the current stock price and they seem to be indicating that Q4 video advertising (Vexigo) will be better.

Down 29%

HOLD

Checkpoint Systems Inc. (NYSE-CKP)-Recommended 9/16/2015)

Buy Price $6.76 ($7.79 before adding $10,000 at $5.97 on 11/5/2015)

Valuation $17.98 (Was $18.28)

Closed down $.57 at $6.11

CKP announced Q3 2015 earnings (quarter ended September 30, 2015) on November 4, 2015. Revenues were $146 million down from $161 million last year. They made a Non-GAAP profit of $.07 per share versus a $.22 profit last year. Foreign currency impact was most of the sales decline (over 90%). They reduced their sales guidance for the year to $575-$600 million down from $625 million and at the top end of Adjusted EBITDA to $50-$60 million down from $55-$68 million. They also announced an accounting error in their previous quarterly reports this year in how they accounted for income taxes, but according to their 8K, the errors have no impact on cash flow, or any other pre-tax numbers. Nevertheless not good news.

Our valuation fell a bit to $17.98 from $18.28.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/checkpoint-systems-inc-announces-third-012200717.html

Down 10% BUY

 Ceregon Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ-CRNT)-Recommended 8/20/2015)

Buy Price $1.38 (Was $1.46 before adding $10,000 at $1.30 on 11/2/2015)

Valuation $4.54 (Was $4.84)

Closed down $.04 at $1.32

CRGN announced Q3 2015 earnings (quarter ended September 30, 2015) on November 2, 2015.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ceragon-networks-reports-third-quarter-123000706.html

Revenues were $85.4 million down from $99 million last year. They made a Non-GAAP profit of $.05 per share versus a $.05 loss last year. Their focus on profitability rather than revenues seems to be paying off. For the nine months they now have a Non-GAAP profit of $.07 versus a loss of $.37 last year. They paid down about $6 million of debt and now have less than $5 million of net debt. Our valuation moved down a bit to $4.54 from $4.84 last quarter.

DOWN 4% BUY

Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ-AVID)-Recommended 1/20/2015)

Buy Price $10.25 (Was $14 before 8/15 double up at $8.08.

Valuation $23.99 (Was $22.24, $22.59 $23.86, $28.10)

Closed down $.42 at $6.24

AVID announced Q3 2015 earnings (quarter ended September 30, 2015) on 11/4/2015.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/avid-announces-financial-results-third-215941217.html

Revenues were $137.4 million down from $142.4 million last year. They made a Non-GAAP profit of $.47 per share versus a $.57 profit last year. Our valuation moved up a bit to $23.99 from $22.24 last quarter. Overall a decent quarter as they continue their transition to a recurring revenue model, foregoing short term revenues and profits. AVID is trading for less than 40% of our valuation.

Down 39% BUY

Alphatec Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ-ATEC)-Recommended 9/2/2014)

Buy Price $.59 ($1.56 before doubling up on 8/10/2015 at $.66 and adding $10,000 at $.34)

Valuation $1.82 (Was $2.54, $2.61, $3.11, $2.95, $3.00)

Closed down $.09 at $.23

ATEC reported Q3 2015 earnings (quarter ended September 30, 2015) on 11/3/2015’.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/alphatec-holdings-announces-third-quarter-214255650.html

Revenues were $43 million down from $51 million last year and they broke-even on a Non-GAAP basis versus a $.01 loss last year. They did write-off $165 million of goodwill and intangibles in Q3. Our valuation fell to $1.82 a share from $2.07 last quarter. They have/are introducing new products and cutting costs, so we think this may be the bottom. In any event, ATEC is trading at less than 25% of our valuation.

Down 62% BUY

CafePress, Inc. Inc. (NASDAQ-PRSS)-Recommended 5/19/2014)

Buy Price $4.01 (Was $5.40 before adding $10,000 at $3.19 on 3/2/2015)

NEW Valuation $9.09 (Was $8.95, $9.09 $12.50, $11.17, $12.51, $11.27)

Closed down $.75 at $3.92

Q3 2015 earnings were announced on 11/12/2015.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/cafepress-reports-results-third-quarter-211500913.html

Again, not bad. Revenues fell to $19.5 million from $25.9 million last year as they continued to slim down the business and focus on cash and profit. Their loss from operations declined to $2.1 million from $5.8 million last year. Adjusted EBITDA was negative $45 thousand versus negative $3.15 million last year. Cash fell to $44 million ($2.56) a share from $46 million. Our valuation for this seasonally weak quarter was $7.97 down from $8.95 last quarter.

UP 16% HOLD

Extreme Networks, Inc. Inc. (NASDAQ-UNTD)-Recommended 3/12/2014)

Buy Price $3.43 (was $3.95 before we added another $10,000)

Valuation $7.69, (Was $9.47, $6.99, $9.34, $8.24, $9.68, $8.52)

Closed down $.15 at $3.76

Extreme announced Q1 2016 (September 30, 2015) on October 29, 2015.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/extreme-networks-reports-first-quarter-200500547.html

Revenues came in at $124.9 compared to $137.0 and they made $.07 a share versus a loss of $.01 a share last year on a Non-GAAP basis. Our valuation came in at $7.69 a share versus $8.24 last year but better than our estimate of $7.45 for this quarter. Based on their guidance for next quarter our valuation should go up.

Down 16%, BUY

Synacor Inc. (NASDAQ-SYNC)-Recommended 12/17/2013)

Buy Price $2.56

NEW Valuation $5.20 (Was $5.29, $5.71, $6.61, $5.58, $5.21, $5.44, $6.67, $6.39)’

Closed down $.11 at $1.43

SYNC announced Q3 2015 earnings on 11/10/2015. Revenues were $26.3 million flat with $26.2 million last year. GAAP Net loss was $.03 per share compared to a $.09 loss last year. Adjusted EBITDA was a positive $1.9 million compared to positive adjusted EBITDA of $.063 million last year.

Our valuation rose to $5.20 from our pro-forma valuation of $5.06 last quarter. Cash was $.29 per share.

While cash was used to buy Zimbra, it only contributed to the quarterly results for less than a month.

Guidance for next quarter is promising-from their press release:

“Based on information available as of November 11, 2015, the company is providing financial guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2015 as follows:

  • Q4 2015 Guidance: Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2015 is projected to be in the range of $29.0 million to $31.0 million. The company expects to report adjusted EBITDA of $0.8 million to $1.8 million.
  • Fiscal 2015 Guidance: Revenue for the full year of 2015 is projected to be in the range of $107.0 million to $109.0 million. For the full year of 2015, the company expects to report adjusted EBITDA of $5.5 million to $6.5 million”.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/synacor-beats-quarterly-revenue-adjusted-210607500.html

Down 44%. BUY

Dex Media Inc. (NASDAQ-DXM)-Recommended 5/10/2013)

Buy Price 6.46 (Was $15.14 before adding $10,000 on 3/30/2015)

Valuation $21.00 (Was $31.00, $31.00, $34.00, $37.98, $34.36, $31.50, $24.25)

Closed down $.15 at $.10

If it isn’t apparent, DEX could go bankrupt and the market valuation is betting on it with a market cap under $5 million. They are working on a restructuring with their lenders and entered into a forebearance agreement in November and received a term sheet from a group of lenders representing over 50% of the senior debt. They did not disclose the contents or if stock holders would be wiped out. So maybe that is good news? We have said all along this was a risky bet, and it looks like it surely was. Too much debt and their business declining too fast. This is a cheap lottery ticket.

Q2, 2015 earnings were announced August 6, 2015.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/dex-media-announces-second-quarter-110000263.html

Revenues were $387 million, down from $474 million last year and down from $406 million last quarter and adjusted EBITDA was $159 million up from $143 million last quarter and down from $176 million last year. Overall not a great quarter. For the year they are guiding to revenue of about $1.5 billion and $525 million of EBITDA. In their original projection for 2015 they were looking at revenue of $2.077 billion and EBITDA of $782 million. Clearly they are not making their projections. Net debt was $2.144 (their original projection was to end 2015 with $2.004 billion of debt—a goal they will likely make. Based on this performance we have lowered our valuation to $4.71 a share. DEX announced a major restructuring on December 11, 2014. They expect to incur

$70-$100 million of expenses to achieve $150 million of ongoing expense savings with $110 million of that coming in 2015. They expect to begin deleveraging their balance sheet (meaning Net Debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio) in 2016. No question that’s what they need to do.

Down 99% HOLD

Bridgeline Digital Inc. (NASDAQ-BLIN)-Recommended 8/24/2012)

Buy Price $3.95 ($ 5.85, $6.20 before 12/15/2014 and 2/14/2014 $10,000 adders)

Valuation $6.20 (Was $6.10, $5.85, $5.98 $7.55, $8.75, $8.80, $1.83, $9.15, $10.95, $11.75, $12.80, $11.20)

Closed up $.05 at $1.26

BLIN announced Q3 2015 earnings (quarter ended June 30, 2015) on 8/14/2015. Revenues were $4.9 million down from $6.2 million last year but up from $4.8 million last quarter. They lost $.20 per share on a Non-GAAP basis compared to $.24 last year. Our valuation rose to $6.20 up from $6.10 last quarter on better margins. Overall, while margins and EBITDA (adjusted) improved it was pretty much a nothing quarter. Have to wait longer here as they eke out an existence and hopefully get this little boat moving in the right direction. HOLD

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/bridgeline-digital-announces-financial-results-120000429.html

Down 68%, HOLD

Telecommunications Systems Inc. (NASDAQ-TSYS)-Recommended 6/14/2012)

Buy Price- $1.37

Valuation $7.01 (Was $5.78, $5.43, $6.55, $6.88, $6.12, $5.99, $5.32, $6.81, $6.28, $4.89, $6.02, $6.72, $5.49)

Closed up $.18 at $4.54

Q3 2015 earnings were announced on, October 29, 2015.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/telecommunication-systems-reports-third-quarter-200500194.html

Revenues were $101.1 million, up from $95.3 million last year and adjusted EPS was $.12 compared to $.05 last year. Overall a very nice quarter-again. Our valuation jumped to $7.01 $ up from $6.88 last year and up from $5.78 last quarter.

We are now waiting on the outcome of their “strategic alternatives” investigation with Lazard. This is still a HOLD.

UP 231%, HOLD

Concurrent Computer (NASDAQ-CCUR)-Recommended 2/4/2011)

Buy Price-$4.58 (Was $5.08 before $.50 special dividend)

NEW Valuation $12.45 (was $11.49,$16.38, $13.07, $14.80, $17.72, $15.01, $15.10, $14.55, $14.77, $16.26, $16.20, $15.37, $13.53, $15.85, $14.13, $11.38, $14.04, $18.54, $15.99)

Closed up $.05 at $6.13 (including $1.20 of dividends)

Pays $.48 annual dividend.

Q1 2016 earnings were announced on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/concurrent-reports-first-quarter-fiscal-210100825.html

Revenues were $13.4 million down from $13.8 million last quarter and down from $17.5 million last year. They had a loss of about $900,000 excluding the $4.1 million gain on the sale of their video analytics business. Overall, not a great quarter. Our valuation actually rose to $12.45 from $11.49 last quarter on gross margin expansion. We really think it is time for this company to be sold.

We continue to collect the 10% dividend.

UP 34%, HOLD

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),

Valuation $5.95 (was $6.66, $6.47, $5.96, $6.02, $5.67, $5.57, $5.70, $6.71, $6.41, $6.14, $5.97, $6.21, $6.13, $5.82, $5.81, $5.72, $5.65, $5.39, $4.86, $5.60, $5.73, $5.54, $5.74, $5.96, $4.72, $5.19, $5.66, $5.63, $5.61, $5.71, $5.49, $5.34, $5.03, $5.28, $5.28, $5.21)

Closed at $3.86 down $.10.

Q4 2015 (quarter ended 7/31/2015) earnings were announced on Wednesday, October 28th.

Another nice quarter operationally. Revenues were up 23% from last year at $10.9 million and they made $.02 a share. Revenues cracked $40 million for the year and they made $.07 a share.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ari-network-services-inc-announces-200400126.html

While all was good, our valuation fell a bit to $5.95 due to shares outstanding rising to just over 17 million, but only included a partial quarter from their latest acquisition. Hopefully, a full quarter from this acquisition will offset the additional shares.

UP 140%, HOLD

SYNC Q3 2015 earnings update

SYNC announced Q3 2015 earnings after the close last night. Revenues were $26.3 million flat with $26.2 million last year. GAAP Net loss was $.03 per share compared to a $.09 loss last year. Adjusted EBITDA was a positive $1.9 million compared to positive adjusted EBITDA of $.063 million last year.

Our valuation rose to $5.20 from our pro-forma valuation of $5.06 last quarter. Cash was $.29 per share.

While cash was used to buy Zimbra, it only contributed to the quarterly results for less than a month.

This is a BUY.

Guidance for next quarter is promising-from their press release:

Based on information available as of November 11, 2015, the company is providing financial guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2015 as follows:

  • Q4 2015 Guidance: Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2015 is projected to be in the range of $29.0 million to $31.0 million. The company expects to report adjusted EBITDA of $0.8 million to $1.8 million.
  • Fiscal 2015 Guidance: Revenue for the full year of 2015 is projected to be in the range of $107.0 million to $109.0 million. For the full year of 2015, the company expects to report adjusted EBITDA of $5.5 million to $6.5 million.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/synacor-beats-quarterly-revenue-adjusted-210607500.html

BUY GSL @ $3.68

Global Ship Lease. (NYSE–GSL)

Valuation-$6.00

Price November 10, 2015-$3.68

Dividend-$.40

Yield-10.9%

We have been personally buying many yield stocks over the last 2-3 years. GSL is a high yield ship leasing company that has gone through some tough times but seems to have come out on top.

GSL started out as a merger entity that bought the shipping business back in 2008ish. It was paying out a nice dividend and then 2009 happened. Although their operations have really never skipped a beat, their banks did. As the price of ships fell, they ran into loan covenant problems and ended up having to suspend their dividend.

In 2015 they were able to refinance their debt (albeit at pretty high rates) and began paying a dividend again. They are looking at increasing the dividend next quarter to $.50 a share.

Their latest earnings were for 9/30/2015 (Q3) and were very nice. Revenues were $42 million up from $34 million last year and adjusted EBITDA was $28 million versus $20 million. They only have one ship coming off lease over the next 2 years.

We normally don’t recommend these kind of stocks but we think this has 50% upside and a 10% + dividend while we wait.

GSL has about $490 million of debt.

There are about 48 million shares outstanding and it trades only about 85,000 shares a day.

About GSL: Global Ship Lease is a containership charter owner. Incorporated in the Marshall Islands, Global Ship Lease commenced operations in December 2007 with a business of owning and chartering out containerships under long-term, fixed rate charters to top tier container liner companies.

At September 30, 2015, Global Ship Lease owned 20 vessels with a total capacity of 90,538 TEU and an average age, weighted by TEU capacity of 11.4 years. 19 vessels are currently fixed on time charters, 15 of which are with CMA CGM. The average remaining term of the charters is 4.8 years or 5.1 years on a weighted basis, excluding Ville d’Aquarius, which is charter-free and is to be sold, and Ville d’Orion, which is deployed in the short-term charter market.