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ModusLink: An Operational Turnaround, A Big Hidden Asset, An Activist, And A Low Valuation

Though shares of ModusLink (NASDAQ:MLNK) have performed well since releasing a strong set of earnings on October 15, the stock remains off the radar screens of most investors. While the company has nearly completed an operational turnaround, this isn't apparent from by looking at the ModusLink's income statement over the past couple of years which has been marred by restructuring charges. Similarly, its most significant asset, a deferred tax asset, is not included in the company's financial statements as there is a valuation allowance set against it - keeping it 'hidden.' These factors, coupled with an ugly history (discussed below) and a free float of only $135 million, make it unlikely investors have even heard of ModusLink. As...

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