Seeking Alpha

M. E. Garza's  Instablog

M. E. Garza
Send Message
M.E. Garza is one of the founders of the biotech and healthcare sector news portal BioMedReports.com. He believes in getting the news from credible sources on the street and often reaches out to CEOs and newsmakers directly for interviews and discussions about their companies. Since he began... More
My company:
BioMedReports.Com
My blog:
Daily Info Feeds and Updates
  • Explosion At Neptune's Manufacturing Facility Leaves Shares Halted 0 comments
    Nov 9, 2012 7:37 AM

    Much of the biotech investing community was left shocked following news reports about the death of two employees after an explosion and fire at the Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada plant operated by Neptune Technologies and Bioresources NASDAQ: NEPT) (TSX-V:NTB).


    CTVNews.ca was among the first to report via video that another 19 people were injured, four with severe burns.

    It is at this manufacturing facility where Neptune manufactures its famous Krill oil products. Earlier this year, the company announced that it was planning an expansion at the plant that would substantially increase production capacity to 300 metric tonnes by the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, and then to 500 metric tonnes by Q4, 2014.

    Shares of Neptune, which were halted at 2:37 p.m. EST on Thursday and it is higly likely that they will remain halted all day Friday unless NASDAQ officials decide otherwise.

    One would assume that as a publicly traded company that Neptune is well insured, with both business interruption insurance, and liability insurance. They will need that since there are reports that the existing, 150,000kg, in-production part of the plant may be destroyed. Gaetan Drouin, a local fire chief said "Just looking at the damage to the building you can see it was probably very violent."

    Last month, Neptune closed a $34.1-million public offering, selling 7,318,000 shares at $4.10 each. Approximately $5-million from that raise was set aside to finance the expansion of the plant.

    Neptune management has extended their most sincere condolences to the victims' families and friends.

    "As soon as we were notified of the situation, we made our way to Sherbrooke" said Michel Chartrand, Neptune's chief operating officer. "Upon our arrival, we began working with emergency services to understand what caused this incident. We will continue to closely collaborate with them for as long as it is necessary. We want to understand what happened."

    It would be perfectly logical to assume that we will see some volatility in Neptune trading as investors hear confirmation of these and many other details from officials who are investigating the aftermath.

    Our own thoughts and prayers go out to those killed and injured in the explosion, and their families.

    Disclosure: I am long NEPT. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it. I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

Back To M. E. Garza's Instablog HomePage »

Instablogs are blogs which are instantly set up and networked within the Seeking Alpha community. Instablog posts are not selected, edited or screened by Seeking Alpha editors, in contrast to contributors' articles.

Comments (0)
Track new comments
Be the first to comment
Full index of posts »
Latest Followers

StockTalks

  • Hearing some interesting developments on the horizon for $NWBO. Did an article on them yesterday. Looks promising. http://bit.ly/NWBOnews
    Jul 12, 2011
  • ($RXPC.PK 3 of 3) If it were bad news, chances are they'd have something by now, since delisting decisions are usually handed down quickly.
    Apr 19, 2011
  • ($RXPC.PK 2 of 3) a listing extension would go until July [when the stock would have to be over $1 to continue being listed on Amex].
    Apr 19, 2011
More »

Latest Comments


Instablogs are Seeking Alpha's free blogging platform customized for finance, with instant set up and exposure to millions of readers interested in the financial markets. Publish your own instablog in minutes.