Posts Tagged ‘micro cap’

Buzz Stocks Week in Review — EFJI, ETRM, LTBR, MIPI

Friday, June 25th, 2010

AVERAGE WEEKLY GAIN:  70.75%

Here’s a quick recap of how this week’s Buzz Stocks fared:

Monday: Shares of EF Johnson Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: EFJI) rose 40 percent from last Friday’s close in morning trading on Monday after the company increased its sale price 42 percent. The company will now be acquired by Francisco Partners, an affiliate of a private equity firm for $1.50 per share in cash, up from $1.05 per share.
Up as much as 40% since our post.

Tuesday: EnteroMedics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ETRM) was our biggest gainer of the week. Shares opened at $0.31 on Tuesday, and climbed nearly 53 percent to a close of $0.61 after the company announced positive data from its obesity treatment device. The following day, shares soared to $0.81, before settling back down to a closing price of $0.63.
Up as much as 125% since our post.

Wednesday: Lightbridge Corp. (Nasdaq: LTBR) shares were up 50 percent on Wendesday after the nuclear fuel technology developer announced “a major technological breakthrough,” based on a proprietary all-metal fuel assembly design could reduce both initial capital costs per megawatt and annual operating costs per kilowatt-hour of nuclear power. According to a recent news release, this breakthrough makes nuclear power more competitive with other forms of electricity generation while contributing to a significant reduction of CO2 emissions.
Up as much as 69% since our post.

Thursday: Molecular Insight Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: MIPI) was first featured as a Buzz Stock of the Day on June 18th after shares rose 30 percent from the previous day’s close, about a week after the company presented nonclinical data demonstrating the utility of the Company’s novel radiopharmaceutical compounds for the molecular imaging of prostate and other tumors. Less than a week later, shares surged 65 percent from Wednesday’s closing price of $1.60, trading at at a high of $2.64 on Thursday after Molecular Insight Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced positive data from a completed Phase 2a clinical study of Azedra™, the Company’s lead oncology therapeutic for a common childhood cancer.
Up as much as 49% since our post.

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Buzz Stock of the Day – SMTC Corp. (SMTX)

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Shares of SMTC Corp. (Nasdaq: SMTX) were up more than 25 percent on 2500-times the Ontario-based company’s three-month average volume today.

SMTC Corp. reported a first quarter net loss of $2.5 million on revenue of $48.5 million, compared to a net loss of $100,000 on revenues of more than $55 million in the year ago period. “Virtually all our customers were affected by the global recession as end market demand and inventory reductions impacted their first quarter production requirements.” Caldwell said SMTC has “undertook action to significantly reduce our cost structure, eliminate excess capacity and shift production to lower cost geographies.” Gross profit for the first quarter of 2009 decreased by $1.6 million, or 36.4%, to $2.8 million when compared to the same period in 2008. Raw materials sales for the quarter was up $500,000 over the first quarter of 2008.


According to Yahoo Finance, SMTC Corp. generated $3.8 million in EBITDA on $235.9 million in the trailing 12-month period. The company has about $445,000 of cash in the bank, and about $21 million of debt.

SMTC generated about $4.2 million in operating cash flow for the trailing 12-month period.

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Buzz Stock of the Day – Sharps Compliance (SMED)

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Our Buzz Stock of the Day — Sharps Compliance Corp. (OTCBB: SCOM) — provides medical waste disposal solutions for the healthcare industry and U.S. consumers. The Houston-based company’s flagship product, the Sharps Disposal by Mail System, is used to dispose of medical waste including hypodermic needles, lancets and other medical devices and objects used to puncture or lacerate the skin.

Sharps Compliance Corp. reported a sharp increase in Q3 profits, thanks in large part to a recently announced $40 million contract with an agency of the U.S. Government Customer billings. Revenue for the third quarter increased to $6 million, from $2.9 million a year earlier. Revenue for the nine-month period ended March 31, 2009 increased 35 percent to $13.6 million, compared to the same period last year.

“Our third quarter results reflect the success of our full-service medical waste management solutions and the business model that we have developed as we execute our first large scale government contract,” said the company’s chairman and CEO, Dr. Burton J. Kunik. “We have created a convenient, cost-effective and safe method to properly dispose of medical and pharmaceutical waste in locations outside of the hospital setting to include homes, alternative care facilities, retail clinics, industrial and commercial facilities and emergency management programs.”

Gross margin for the quarter was 59.2 percent, compared to 49 percent a year earlier. Operating income, or profit realized from the company’s operations, was $2 million or 33.2 percent of revenue for the quarter, compared with an operating loss of $100,000 for same period a year ago.

As of March 31st, Sharps Compliance Corp. had $3.6 million in working capital, up from $1.9 million at June 30, 2008. Total assets increased to $11.8 million, from $5.7 million at june30, 2008.

There is a growing interest for the company’s RXTakeAway(TM) line of products, according to a recent earnings release.

“We believe our new line of products address a very serious disposal issue in the country that is currently harming our environment and placing our children at risk,” said Kunik. “Our existing solutions and infrastructure are uniquely positioned to facilitate the proper and cost-effective disposal of unused medications in the consumer / community markets.”

The company has a very small float — only 5.6 million shares, and has outperformed the S&P 500 over the past 52-weeks. Sharps has quarterly earnings growth (yoy) of 317 percent, and earned about $1.6 million, on revenue of $13.3 million (ttm).

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Buzz Stock of the Day- Local.com (LOCM)

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

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There are about 14.6 million small-to-medium-sized businesses in the United States, and they spent more than $6.9 billion in local online advertising in 2008, according to a recent Media Life article.

Big firms have shied away from doing business with SMBs, primarily because of how difficult and time consuming it can be. Many times media sellers spend the same amount of time chasing SMBs, as they do larger businesses, and end up with a much smaller payday when they close a deal.

But sellers can’t ignore SMBs. They have the spending power and they’re spending.

The question is: Where?

Search and rich-media, according to Gordon Borrell of Borrell Associates.

Borrell predicted that SMB spending on paid search will increase by 34.9 percent to hit $3 billion and spending on streaming audio and visual will increase 274.6 percent to hit $563.2 million.

That’s where our Buzz Stock of the Day, Local.com, Inc. (Nasdaq: LOCM) comes in.

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The company provides paid-search advertising services to local and national businesses on the Internet in the United States and Europe, primarily through its destination Web site, Local.com, and also through private label search listings that are used by newspapers and other local publishers across the country.

Chief executive, Heath Clarke recently stated that the company has a “very bullish view on the near and long-term prospects for our business, and why Local.com is nearing break-even and has the confidence to project 30 percent revenue growth to about $50 million this year and turn to net income despite the tough economy.”

Ad budgets are being cut across the board, but Local.com is predicting that the plumber who stops running an ad in the Yellow Pages is going to look to spend his savings on a service like Local.com that may offer a better ROI on his marketing spend.

“Not only will our industry and Local.com receive some of the spend in the near-term, but in the long-term we believe our industry will permanently win this ad spend,” Clarke said in a conference call with analysts.

Clarke cited a study by Kelsey Group, which stated online online ad revenues will grow about 15 percent this year and local online ad revenues will grow about 25 percent, and expected Local.com to outperform the industry growth rates and gain market share “for the fourth year in a row.”

Here’s a quick overview of the company’s full-year results:

Revenue – Revenue was $38.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2008, a 78% increase over $21.5 million in 2007.

Net Loss – Net loss for the full year 2008 was $8.6 million or $0.60 per common share, an improvement over the $18.2 million or $1.58 loss per common share in 2007.

Adjusted EBITDA – Adjusted EBITDA was ($4.7 million), an improvement from ($7.2 million) in 2007. Adjusted EBITDA is net loss excluding: provision for income taxes; interest and other income (expenses), net; depreciation; amortization; and stock based compensation charges.

Balance Sheet – On December 31, 2008, the company had $12.1 million in cash and no debt.

Shares of Local.com, Inc. trade near their 52-week low.

Buzz Stock of the day: CYIO

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Department of Defense contractor CYIOS Corp. (OTCBB: CYIO) announced in late December that it had completed the necessary changes business model to “decrease costs, ensure higher profits and prepare for new contract awards coming in the near future.” In that same announcement, CYIOS stated that it was awaiting new contract awards in excess of $180 million, “which will start at the opening of 2009.”

About a month later, CYIOS issued a news release projecting revenues to triple if not quadruple as new contracts execute. with EPS expected to reach $.08-$.15 by the end of the year. The Company earned $0.06 per-share last year.

Last week, CYIOS announced a comprehensive information technology support contract with the FBI valued at $175 million. The D.C.-based Department of Defense contractor will help design, develop, maintain, enhance, and provide operational support for automated systems.

Shares of CYIO traded for $0.13 as of this post.