For those of you interested in follow-up blogs, here is a look back at the progress that many of the publicly traded tech firms have enjoyed over the tumultuous past four weeks (see prior post “Tech haves and have nots” March 8-08):
Arise (OTC:APVNF): It is up 87% on the much-heralded promise of even more manufacturing capacity a few years from now. Bridgewater [BWC/TSX]: It is down 10% on no news. Descartes Systems (DSGX): Essentially, the stock is flat. DragonWave (DRGNF.PK): It is down another 21%. Macdonald Dettwiler (OTCPK:MDDWF): It is down 10% on the news of the Industry Minister’s preliminary decision to hold up the space systems sale.
MKS [MKX/TSX]: It is up 53% as a major shareblock was cleared out at C$1.50, and news that 300,000 shares were recently acquired by insiders. It also has a good dividend (see prior post “Just sit tight - unless you’ve got the chance to raise capital” Jan 22-08). MKS is a Wellington Financial Fund I portfolio company.
Open Text (OTEX): It is up 11%.
The Have Nots:
Espial [ESP/TSX]: It is down another 15%.
Evertz (OTC:EVTZF): It is up about 11%.
Nortel (NT): The stock is up 3%.
Redline [RDL/TSX]: It is down another 43% to a close of C$0.91. Having raised $21.6 million at $1.96 on the AIM IPO on December 6, 2006 (net of issuance costs of $3.88MM), $27.7 million on the TSX IPO at C$ on October 25, 2007 (net of issuance costs of $3 million), things are only getting worse.
With Dec. 31, 2007 cash of $28.7 million, A/R of $17.4 million, and inventory of $9 million, the current market cap. of less than C$20 million is quite telling. In addition, the provision for doubtful A/R grew from 2% as at 2006 FYE to 7% as at 2007 FYE; and that’s after $1.224 million of bad debt was written off. Trouble with customers is never fun.
Disclosure: The author owns MKS.