Linktone (NASDAQ:LTON) is a Ben Graham net-net, with current assets of $125 million, total liabilities of just $11 million, and a market cap of $70 million. Most of the current assets are in the form of cash, which is the result of a share offering at a significantly higher price. The stock price has shown itself to be quite volatile, which is a good thing for value investors (and keeps other investors away).
The company's market cap has ranged from $45 million last year to over $100 million a few short months ago. While it is not losing money hand-over-fist as many other net-nets are, there are some risks of which investors should be aware.
Linktone not only operates in a very competitive arena, offering value-added applications to mobile phone users in China, but is also subject to severe market pressure from its customers, the three state-run Chinese telecom operators. These large players dominate the market and use their market power to extract high and escalating fees on Linktone and its competitors. Furthermore, these companies have been making progress in vertically integrating, offering popular applications to their user-base, thereby taking away Linktone's share of the market.
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