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  • The Proxy states that CEO Woods received a 3% increase in salary like the rest of the company employees. In the following paragraph on page 11 it states that his salary was increased from $260,000, effective 2/14, to $315,000 effective 5/14. That's a 21% increase in 3 months.

    It states that Woods received a $45,000 increase, but the increase was $55,000, or 21%, not 3%. With such a whopping increase, how could that raise be misstated and printed wrong? Why did he receive such a big 21% raise 3 months following his big increase when the previous CEO retired? $260,000 was not enough for the first year trial period?

    The rest of the company, who carry the sales and execution of business should receive their fair increase of 21% as well. VOTE AGAINST THE COMPENSATION PACKAGE! It's all egregious greed for those at the top.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • The existing BOD concentrates solely on compensation packages for middle and high level management. There are too many options granted, and now an additional incentive plan for mid-level employees who are unable to affect the stock price. Woodpecker had 100K in options granted last year, and recently received another huge batch, most of which will eventually expire worthless, as he is unable to attract any investor interest to drive the PPS up. Even with a double digit sales increase, the increase never makes it to the bottom line.

    The Boston PR firm has proven inept in garnering interest, the decision to hire them was hasty and faulty. Failed investor policies should not be rewarded with anything, as shareholders patiently wait after decades of PPS stagnation. New blood on the BOD, please...

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • When do we receive the Proxy material?

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Maybe that confusing new compensation package for too many people? Shareholders of a non-performing companies don't care too much for those. Should have waited until the stock was more active, and possibly trending a bit higher? What's the story peckerhead? More concerned about compensation than the performance of the company, that's how it looks.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Reply to

    Stock Seeking New 52-Week Low

    by frederick_beans Mar 18, 2015 11:28 AM

    "Wall Street roars higher as Q1 laggards rally", 3/30/15. Did I miss something? Must be the deadbeat from Yonkers whose now a Masshole.

  • Margins have crumbled significantly. Higher sales are not translating into higher EPS. Big problem, and share price is no longer being artificially supported. Expectations were for much higher eps.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • They also enticed Peter Nadeau to join their camp and leave ALOT. Wonder what they're giving away there? Another loss, as Nadeau was a sharp guy.

  • Same co. that hired Mike Gaines away from Astro-Med, after he worked as the West Coast contact for more than 20 years. Must have made Gaines an offer too good to refuse. Big loss, as Gaines was a valuable asset.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Sidoti investment firm, who had a buy recommendation on ALOT in late 2013, has rescinded the rating and no longer covers ALOT. Does that action speak for itself?

  • The way things are going, Woody should just take ALOT private before another so-so earnings report. Buy the outstanding shares, then pay yourself another bonus -- would seem to fit your style of compensation. Salary is already double that of the founder right before he passed away. He pulled $248K in his last full year as CEO. Pecker gets double that of AWO's salary, the founder, with virtually zero inflation for the last 8 years.

    Who voted for such a preposterous salary from an unproven CEO? Not the shareholders... Take it private and then pay all employees a fair increase, not just the new guy. Company value has fallen, and then remained stagnant since last February when Woodpecker got the CEO position. Should be rising along with his compensation...he doesn't even need to make the option strike prices, money is all in salary.

  • Direct competitor Dewetron wins Product of the Year for 2014 with "Trendcorder". The unit is virtually identical to the AstroMed Dash series of portable recorders. Dewetron got the votes from users and buyers. The fact that Dewetron advertises helps keep their name in front of potential buyers. Haven't seen a Dash product all year, or any other product for the aerospace industry. What's a Toughwriter???

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Astro-Med, Inc. v. Nihon Kohden America, Inc., et al

    Defendant - Appellant: KEVIN PLANT and NIHON KOHDEN AMERICA, INC.
    Plaintiff - Appellee: ASTRO-MED, INC.
    Case Number: 08-2334
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Court: U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
    Nature of Suit: Other Contract
    Opinions

    We have the following opinions for this case:

    Date Filed Description
    October 22, 2009 Astro-Med, Inc. v. Nihon Kohden America, Inc., et al
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    The following documents for this case are available for you to view or download:

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    October 22, 2009 920091022 Opinion or Order of the Court Opinion

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Reply to

    Chart is Broken

    by may_pond Jan 14, 2015 12:17 PM

    Head and shoulders pattern clearly established. Look at 3-month chart, price ripe to drop off unless manipulated, then all bets are off.

    Sentiment: Sell

  • Reply to

    Boston--W. Warwick Traffic

    by holzernkopf Feb 3, 2015 5:10 AM

    Blizzard watch from 2/14/2015 to 2/15/2015 no valentines day -- sorry lizzie

    ...blizzard watch in effect from saturday evening through sunday
    evening...
    the national weather service in taunton has issued a blizzard
    watch...which is in effect from saturday evening through sunday
    evening.
    * locations...east coastal massachusetts.
    * hazard types...blizzard conditions...including heavy snow...poor
    visibilities and strong winds.
    * accumulations...snow accumulation of 8 to 14 inches.
    * timing...saturday evening into sunday evening.
    * impacts...late saturday into sunday blizzard conditions
    could make traveling difficult if not impossible. Blowing and
    drifting snow combined with strong winds may create problems for
    uncleared roofs.
    * winds...northwest 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.
    * visibilities...one quarter mile or less at times.
    precautionary/preparedness actions...
    a blizzard watch means there is a potential for considerable
    falling and/or blowing snow with sustained winds or frequent
    gusts over 35 mph and visibilities below 1/4 mile for at least
    3 hours. Whiteout conditions will be possible...making travel
    very dangerous. Be prepared to alter any travel plans.

    winter storm watch from 2/14/2015 3:00:00 pm to 2/15/2015 7:00:00 pm

    ...winter storm watch in effect from saturday afternoon through
    sunday evening...
    the national weather service in taunton has issued a winter storm
    watch...which is in effect from saturday afternoon through sunday
    evening.
    * locations...central and eastern massachusetts away from the
    coast as well as all of rhode island.
    * hazard types...periods of heavy snow and gusty winds.
    * accumulations...snow accumulation of 6 to 12 inches.
    * timing...late day saturday into sunday evening.
    * impacts...periods of heavy snow will make travel conditions
    slippery and lead to low visibilities. Gusty winds and blowing
    snow could lead to roof collapses on area roofs not cleared from
    previous snows.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Reply to

    Boston--W. Warwick Traffic

    by holzernkopf Feb 3, 2015 5:10 AM

    Looks like they overestimated in a big way this time. According to the computers, you're now looking for a couple of inches, instead of feet. Each year the meterorologists are allowed to call one storm completely wrong without being chastized over it. This was their "get out of jail free card". Make sure all 16 tires are properly inflated, and have enough tread for winter usage for safety. I wouldn't send my daughter out without perfect tires and electrical system including the battery. Plenty of cold cranking Amps.

  • Reply to

    Chart is Broken

    by may_pond Jan 14, 2015 12:17 PM

    Even a dividend increase is too little to help here. We're at a very high PE of 18, when the norm is around 12, putting us at 50% overvaluation, and we're looking at projected weak 4Q earnings because of "headwinds" as stated in the Third Qtr Conf Call. Earnings are simply too anemic to support this price. Need $1/share for the year to support $13 shares. I don't see it. Way to go Woodpecker! Operating on a lean basis and you still can't do it? They brought in a real heavy hitter who's unable to perform. The Peter Pricipal demonstrated.

  • Reply to

    Chart is Broken

    by may_pond Jan 14, 2015 12:17 PM

    Chart is badly broken. No support level established. If the market contines down, ALOT will decline at double the rate. Huge percentage drops...10% today. Some significant news is needed, not a "deal" with no terms or $ value.

    Sentiment: Strong Sell

  • Reply to

    Boston--W. Warwick Traffic

    by holzernkopf Feb 3, 2015 5:10 AM

    As of today, all computer models are showing more snow starting on Saturday the 8th, continuing through Monday the 10th from Buffalo to Mass and northern RI. A minimum of 12" additional snow from any one of the 3 days. Clearing Tues and Weds, snow will resume on Thursday the 12th, feeding another foot or so, adding insult to injury. Treacherous conditions are predicted for most of the week, with Medfield, Mass at the Eastern epicenter.

    Woody, do you always wreak havoc wherever you go? There is minimal snow predicted for Westchester, NY, and surrounding areas, where you moved from with Lizzy and family. Happy trails when it piles up!!! Watch out for others skidding around you...hahahaha Can't peck your way out of this protracted storm system.

  • Reply to

    Is the Dung "Deal" a Contract?

    by tommy565687 Jan 15, 2015 5:47 PM

    Like the Avery Dennison "deal" for apparal labeling. Why issue a Press Release if nothing is ever going to materialize? Pathetic... These releases are like wish lists.

    Sentiment: Sell

  • Reply to

    Is the Dung "Deal" a Contract?

    by tommy565687 Jan 15, 2015 5:47 PM

    This is like the Cathay Pacific "deal". It's over, never materialized into anything.

    Sentiment: Sell

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