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  • anorak_uk anorak_uk Mar 24, 1999 9:26 AM Flag

    STAF - what the analysts think

    I've just stumbled on two of the revised
    analysts' notes - CSFB (5 March) and Stephens Inc (4
    March). Both downgraded from BUY to HOLD/NEUTRAL, but
    were bullish about the longer term prospects and
    management's measures to deal with the short-term problems.
    Here are some excerpts:

    CSFB (on share price of
    $8.13)

    "We believe the long-term strategy is
    sound."

    "Management is well positioned to take advantage of a sector
    upturn."

    "Ben Anderson...has the necessary skills to
    successfully manage [IntelliMark]....Several other
    nonperforming managers [in IntelliMark] have been replaced or
    are expected to be replaced."

    "There could be
    upside to our numbers [11% internal growth in 1999 and
    18% in 2000], especially in the second half of 1999,
    if the company can rebuild its IT services marketing
    efforts more rapidly than we project."

    "STAF
    operates in an industry with several favorable
    characteristics [more outsourcing, more flexible work
    relationships, and industry growth of 13-20% pa]; it also has
    the strategy...to be a long-term winner in this
    sector".

    "Building a global, multiservice, one-stop shopping HR
    services company....These key pieces should provide a
    platform for STAF to become a global HR services
    powerhouse."

    "The valuation looks compelling at approximately 5.8
    times forward EPS [comment: now 4.3
    times!]."

    Stephens Inc (on share price of $12.44)

    "The
    organizational changes that Clete Brewer has implemented are the
    right ones....the changes at IntelliMark are
    positive."

    "It is our belief that the bulk of the negative news
    has been impounded in the stock. [comment: this was
    at $12!] We believe the price will eventually
    rebound to a multiple of 9 to 10 times estimated EPS
    range, which implies a 12-month price target of
    $15.00....Long-term investors should take advantage of an overdone
    sell-off. This is a one-divisional problem that will right
    itself by the first half of 2000."

    Hope this is
    helpful.

    anorak_uk

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    • Staffmark made one great move, they fired Jerry
      Poston. Jerry to say the least is a jerk. Staffmark is a
      young company that made several mistakes. They need to
      take into consideration the time it takes to bring the
      new companies that they have acquired under the
      StaffMark umbrella. You can't expect a 20% growth rate
      until the confusion and uncertainty and dead weight
      have been addressed. They need to get rid of former
      owners of smaller companies in a one year time span and
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      internal growth for the first year at 10-12%, and move all
      upper management to Arkansas. With that said, Clete is
      doing a wonderful job. His age has nothing to do with
      his performance. Clete's only problem has been to put
      too much trust in Jerry Poston. I can assure you he
      has learned his lesson. StaffMark will be back in
      favor and will be a power house. I have first hand
      experience. My company was acquired by STAF. I have seen my
      investment down by millions, but I have also been buying
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      of us have lost more than lunch money. Analysts have
      to downgrade. My advise is to do your own homework
      and listen to people like Scott and let's give Clete
      and unsung heros like Don Marr the support they
      deserve.

 
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