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Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. Message Board

  • seansmith513 seansmith513 Apr 10, 2013 6:25 PM Flag


    Why doesn't SFE just buy Path, provide them with sufficient funds to produce their approved FDA patch for migraine headaches, and then sell it later at a huge profit? Any other ideas?

    Sentiment: Buy

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    • Seansmith -
      This mgmt needs to be changed. They have sold some two great assets and sitting with lots of cash and still have not offered anything to the shareholders. No one tries to even promot this company like in the past.
      I wish some big activist get on their case and unlock some the deep value.

      Sentiment: Hold

      • 1 Reply to crzace
      • I tried. See my posts of Jan 23, 24, and 28.Here's my post of the 24th:12:03 pm January 24, 2013
        sean smith wrote:

        Thanks for pointing out several accomplishments, one of which is the $287 million gains. But, in June 2007, when I purchased SFE, the stock was $3(effectively $18 today). That, with todays price of ~$14.50, would indicate a 20% failure in the last six years. Despite having oodles of cash, a book value of over $15, no one at SFE appears to really have any concerns other than to issue yearly cash bonuses and stock options. I would not call that “significant shareholder value”.

        8:14 am January 24, 2013
        Fan of Facts wrote:

        According to a Stifel Nicolaus research note published on October 25, 2012 Mr. Boni created significant shareholder value – ‘Based on Stifel’s calculations, the current team under Mr. Boni’s direction has exited 12 investments generating $287 million of realized gains ($471 million exit value on $183 million cost basis) for a 2.6x return on invested capital. Since Mr. Boni joined in August 2005, SFE stock price has increased 97% compared to a 33% return for the S&P 500 and a 19% return for the Russell 2000.’

        5:19 pm January 23, 2013
        seansmith wrote:

        Apparently eight years at the helm has bode well for Mr Boni. He has been well rewarded with high salaries, very prominent bonuses, and very generous stock options, all from a company whose share price has not gained one dollar in value during his tenure. Perhaps Mr Zarilli can use him as an example..

        I think this is the same in all of wall street companies…getting rich on the shareholders’ back.
        And the 28th"
        by seansmith513•Jan 28, 2013 5:25 PM

        Fan of facts wrote: "...Since Mr. Boni joined in August 2005, SFE stock price has increased 97% compared to a 33% return for the S&P 500 and a 19% return for the Russell 2000.’..."

        HOWEVER: When Mr boni arrived in 2005 the pps was $10.38(6x$1.73). In less than two months the price had risen BACK to $18.00(6x$3.00). Ever since that date the pps has only exceeded $18.00 ps once with the largest percentage of the time(years) in the $15-16 range(or $2.50 to $2.66 ps pre-split).
        How can someone say that's significant???? I think thats a significant LOSS!!!!

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