Recently, I discussed the company Dice Holdings, Inc (DHX) with Clay Mahaffey, Chief Analyst of the National Eagles and Angels Association on the "Stock Watch" segment of my nationally syndicated radio program The George Jarkesy Show. Dice Holdings, which is a career and recruiting company, has significant upside potential and we discussed it in more detail on the show. Below is the transcript of our discussion regarding Dice Holdings, its prospects and also the stock buy-back program upon which the company has embarked.
George Jarkesy: So tell us about the company you have picked out today for our listeners.
Clay Mahaffey: Okay, George. This company is called Dice Holdings, Inc. It trades on the New York Stock Exchange, symbol DHX. They have a military connection, George. It's basically a career and recruiting Website Company. They have built niche segments for targeted markets. Their primary niche is high tech and government clearance jobs, the second is finance, and the third is energy.
They're very focused in their approach to employers and candidates. They've been in business 21 years. They get about four million unique visitors per month. About half of them go to the tech site called Dice.com. They have a lot of career information. They get a lot of traffic to provide useful content for job seekers. Their revenue model is that they sell the rights to the database and advertise to employers.
It's one of the segments that they're very active in - high tech. But, George, this is a quintessential Micro-Dynamic Portfolio (a proprietary portfolio for the members of The National Eagles and Angels) company. The reason is that it's suffered some wild price swings for various reasons. First of all, it fell down to $2.00 in the recession in '08 from about $5.00. After that, it ran all the way up to $18.00 within three years, which was great for earlier investors.
But they hit a problem. They had a secondary offering. There was stock dilution. The expectations from the analysts and brokerage community got way ahead of themselves and they didn't meet the next quarter earnings. The street downgraded the stock. It went all the way from $18.00 to $8.00. It's come back to around $9.50. I think it's an excellent stock at this price because of the growth prospects.
George, in the fourth quarter last year, their revenue grew 25 percent and the net income grew 82 percent. One of the things that I like about this company is that it is a web business and it's very scalable. There are little capital expenditures to speak of. And consequently, they have announced significant stock buy-backs. They announced one last year for $35 million, and recently they announced another buy-back of $65 million.
You have to look at that in proportion to how big the company is. This is almost 100 percent of their operating cash flow that they generated last year. They're going to throw back into buying back their own stock. So I think this a floor. This is setting a floor at current prices. It was $18.00 six or seven months ago. I believe there's a really nice upside in this company.
I think with the economy that is generally recovering, they're not for every job that's out there, but DICE is very focused on jobs in high tech, government security clearances, finance, and energy.
George Jarkesy: I actually think on Dice Holdings, based on this new stock buy-back that they've authorized to retire over 10 percent of the stock outstanding, they're going to put up as much as $65 million, which is a substantial investment with only a $600 million market cap. So buying back more than 10 percent of the company is a real commitment.
Now, I'm expecting to see insider buying here because with the growth that you're talking about, with the stock off of more than half of its highs, I think this is a great pick. It's funny because I've been watching this in a separate portfolio for a while, actually.
Clay Mahaffey: And, George, it is a small company. They only have $200 million in revenue. But if you compare it to Monster.com, who has a billion dollars in revenue, Monster is not likely to sustain 50, to 60, to 70 percent revenue growth on the top line.
George Jarkesy: It's seems like a great investment idea. It's Dice Holdings. DHX is the symbol.
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