Management is making a real effort to improve service. Most companies lack in this area. Margins have always been competitive in this business. The company will not be sold as the stock price is too cheap and management would not consider a sale at even double today's price. Going private is an option management always has if the shareholder price does not eventually substantially improve. However at this moment there is not a definite plan on the table to go private. Management's time is being consumed with addressing the company's problems. Once the company is back on the right course, if the share price doesn't reflect this management may consider going private. For now, management is just supporting the share price and providing liquidity for shareholder's while many funds are hesitating to buy more shares.
The answer to this question is fairly simple, really. People buy stocks for two main reasons:
1) The stock price has been going up, and they feel it will continue to do so
2) The company is profitable, and pays high dividends on an investment
Systemax Stock has gone down due to several unprofitable quarters. The company is working hard at turning this around, as I have seen from a number of changes in the past couple of months. While this doesn't mean an immediate return to profitability, I do believe that it should accomplish this within a number of months. Once this is accomplished, the increased dividends should make the stock more attractive, and the stock price should start to rise. As this happens, people will take notice of it, and other will buy, driving the price higher. Historically, the best time to get into a stock like this is when it is down in the doldrums, and when the company is making logical changes in their actual operations to become more profitable. (of course, if you are a day trader, this would not be an attractive stock)