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Retiree interested in stocks and financial instruments, especially dividend producing stocks. In the 20th century, I was an electrical engineer with Dominion Resources. I use a dividend growth investment style. Quick rules of thumb for complex questions, like fair value p/e using the Gordon... More
  • United On Line (UNTD)--Is The Sum Of The Parts Worth More Than The Whole? 2 comments
    Aug 2, 2012 3:32 PM | about stocks: UNTD

    It's been a long hot summer here in Bumpass, Virginia. Both my gardens burned up in the heat and the Dehrecho wind storm at the beginning of july took out a large hickory tree (36" diameter), which flattened 5 other threes when it fell. After a month's cutting and splitting, my daughter has this coming winter's wood stove fuel.

    Things are getting hot at United On Line (NASDAQ:UNTD), too. In the Q2 earnings call Wednesday August 1, 2012 it was announced that the company would split into two publicly traded companies, United On Line and FTD florists. "the proposed spinoff of the FTD segment and the expected benefits thereof, the review of strategic alternatives for other businesses, a review of monetization opportunities for our patent portfolio, newly planned business initiatives, products, services, features, applications and functionality, expected benefits from our acquisitions, strategies and marketing programs. among other things, are forward-looking statements that are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events to differ -- actual results or events to differ materially from those described or implied in the forward-looking statements." Today, August 2, 2012 in a down market, UNTD is up 23.3% nearing the close.

    I have owned this stock since 2003 and have watched the dividend get cut in half and the principal cut by 2/3rds. I have held it for the 10% yield. To me this news is wonderful! In the conference call they stated that earnings were up for the quarter.

    "Wednesday 4:53 PM United Online (UNTD) +7.1% AH after announcing it will spin offits FTD online flower delivery unit into a separate, publicly-traded company. United has also posted its Q2 results: EPS of $0.18 beat by $0.05, and revenue of $231.9M (-9% Y/Y) was roughly in-line. Q3 revenue guidance is also in-line. FTD accounted for 72% of United's Q2 sales - the division's revenue fell 5% Y/Y. "

    My question from the title still stands. It appears that the market believes that value will be unlocked. I will follow events and report as they unfold. It should especially be noted that stocks like UNTD are speculations, especially when there is significant news and quick price run up. I seldom purchase small cap stocks anymore and only retain this one for the high dividend yield. Investors should do their own due diligence before making any investment.

    Disclosure: I am long UNTD.

    Stocks: UNTD
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    Good for you, Mr. Tweed - Do you think Pepsi could unleash value if it spins off the snack and beverage businesses?
    2 Aug 2012, 05:29 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » Tradevestor--I think Pepsi could unleash value by the spin off of the snack business. On the other hand, I think their core business in beverages. They need to market the beverages in emerging markets and concentrate on trimming down in the US.
    3 Aug 2012, 03:32 AM Reply Like
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