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Columbia Sportswear Company Message Board

  • CashFlow4Me CashFlow4Me Aug 5, 1998 7:15 PM Flag

    When is the value spike going to arrive?

    I mean really, we as investors were shown some
    terrific material at the IPO, and the market was in love
    with this stock. Then, the other shoe dropped and we
    now know that most if not all of the funds were used
    to buy off the family that runs COLM. I suspect very
    little will find its way into new products ,
    infrastructure, or anything else. Meanwhile, we sit holding the
    bag waiting for the price to go up a bit just to get
    even with the IPO value. Earnings are released that
    indicate sales are expanding and all is well, yet the
    stock price sits and sits and sits, and even drops. Can
    anyone explain to me just what the plan is, and when it
    will be implemented so that COLM will generate some
    increased shareholder value? Its hard each day not to reach
    for the phone and say "dump it" to my broker. It
    looks like a dog with fleas, and pretty soon now I'm
    gonna kick that F#ckin dog right out on his ass.

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    • I made this posting for TNFI, but I think it's
      applicable to COLM as well:

      Let's face it, most of us
      are playing the market to make some money. Check out
      TNFI's P/E vs. COLM. Personally, I'm not flipping COLM
      just to load up Mother Boyle's purse (BTW, Columbia
      needs to work on their advertising campaign if they
      arelooking to get the attention of a new segment of the
      outdoor enthusiast population. The grandmotherly image
      doesn't seem to conjure thoughts of adventurous outdoor
      fun.) But when it comes down to it, who will be the
      real money maker, and I mean, money maker for the
      investors, not the insiders? Don't fall in love with a
      stock! It's like "lending" money to a new found "best
      friend", believing it's your "duty", but knowing you're
      never going to see it again!!!

    • this time around, the crisis in asia will not
      only affect the region, but it will also shatter
      peoples confidence around the world. And, no, COLM would
      not benefit from cheap labor there...the negatives
      weigh FAR more than this little cheap labor positive.
      Is that why NIKE after recording 40%+ earnings every
      year posted a negative earning for the first time in
      years -- in the beginning, people like you were touting
      cheap labor as a positive, but soon realized that was
      miniscule in comparison to losing consumers because of
      decreased buying power.

    • just happened to be the last message when I
      posted mine. I don't really have much disagreement with
      you regarding the market as a whole; as for
      "recriminations" I had in mind several-- in my view, unjustifiably
      harsh --contributions to the thread by different
      people. Where I differ from you is in analyzing the
      effects of Asia on COLM: COLM doesn't sell a great deal
      in Asia but benefits from cheap labor there AND
      could benefit more, should the crisis deepen-- but I
      have to admit that I'm not entirely confident. A
      couple of other retailers that I follow and thought
      would benefit hugely from Asia's troubles haven't. It's
      a bedevilled market... Also, COLM's line is not
      prohibitively expensive, compared to its competitors'-- I see
      it as a smart combination of Northwestern
      practicality and fashion. Good luck.

    • My sentiments exactly. I bought this stock
      because I actually do buy their clothes, and they are
      well made, serviceable items, and well
      priced.

      Having said that, I admit to being very disappointed in
      the stock. I believe they hired an IR person a while
      back. What they need more desperately is a PR person.
      This stock is mostly unknown, after the IPO there has
      been virtually no publicity at all coming from the
      home camp.

      Retail stocks are not too popular
      anyway, so they need a boost just to survive.Do
      SOMETHING, Columbia. A public company gets less slack for
      fumbles than a private one. More is expected from you
      guys now .

      • 3 Replies to cbc97
      • A week hasn't gone by this summer that I haven't
        worn a Columbia product. It'll take time for others to
        find the value in Columbia like we have.

        In the
        meanwhile Columbia's IR is Sean Beers, I have e-mailed him
        several times and he has been very responsive as well as
        informative. You can contact him through Columbia's
        homepage.

        Colm is into their 3rd qrt, which is typically their
        best, perhaps when they beat estimates for the third
        time in a row, it'll be a charm the streets looking
        for and we'll all be rewarded for our
        patience.

        good luck to all

      • A week hasn't gone by this summer that I have'nt
        worn a Columbia product. It'll take time for others to
        find the value in Columbia like we have.

        In the
        meanwhile Columbia's IR is Sean Beers, I have e-mailed him
        several times and he has been very responsive as well as
        informative. You can contact him through Columbia's
        homepage.

        Colm is into their 3rd qrt, which is typically their
        best, perhaps when they beat estimates for the third
        time in a row, it'll be a charm the streets looking
        for and we'll all be rewarded for our
        patience.

        good luck to all

      • thinking of options ect.... What a wild
        environment to be in though. If our governence suspects foul
        play on behalf of this family. I say we tar and
        feather them. Let us just keep an eye on these guys. My
        guess is they are not feeling that great about this
        kick off.

    • even ones as good as COLM-- but with one possible
      exception: Internet stocks; the sign that the market has
      come to its senses would be the crash of the internet
      stocks. Not untill they get badly burned-- or Gored, if
      you will -- will the speculators, big and small,
      return to value. COLM's line of clothing is superb and
      so is their footwear-- just saw some of it in Canada
      the other day. Apparently COLM's a big name in
      Canada; I just hope the woes of the Canadian dollar don't
      hurt next quarter earnings too much. In the meantime,
      the recent slide is, of course, nasty, but there
      isn't much management can do. Consider the oil-services
      where excellent companies with huge money-making
      operations-- despite the low price of oil-- have been brought
      to ludicrous lows.

 
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