Liquidity Services extends DoD scrap auction deal, shares rally

Liquidity Services (LQDT +7%) has obtained a 12-month extension of its scrap auction contract with the DoD. The extension means Liquidity will be "the exclusive sales channel for the disposition of scrap property that is approved for public sale" through June 9, 2015. (PR)

Investors and analysts have been nervous about the status of Liquidity's contract renewal talks with the DoD, both for its scrap and surplus asset agreements. Benchmark recently expressed concerns about the deal terms Liquidity would get for a surplus renewal, given a more competitive bidding process.

Shares are recouping some of the huge losses they saw two weeks ago, after Liquidity provided weak FQ1/FY14 guidance to go with mixed FQ4 results.

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  • James Sands
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    So what does this mean....a 12-month extension. Seems like a short-term timeframe for another revisit for the company. Is a 12-month agreement a sign for concern?
    4 Dec 2013, 10:35 AM Reply Like
  • Eric Jhonsa
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    Don't think so. DoD auction contract extensions typically run for 12 months.
    4 Dec 2013, 11:11 AM Reply Like
  • James Sands
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    Interesting, I thought that the initial contract was 5-7 years or something. I guess it will always add some pressure to the company then as it represents a significant amount of revenue.


    If the company's long-term strategies pay off and it is able to diversify revenue by customers, this may not be as impactful.
    4 Dec 2013, 12:04 PM Reply Like
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