Per today's 8-k, we're about to find out if ePlus' non-recourse debt stands up to a legal challenge:
Item 8.01 Other Events Between March and October of 2004, the Company entered into four separate leasing schedules with a lessee named Cyberco Holdings, Inc. ("Cyberco"), all for computer servers. All four of the leasing schedules were fully funded by lenders on a non-recourse basis pursuant to agreements between the Company and the lenders ("Agreements").
On November 17, 2004, federal agents reportedly raided Cyberco's headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is the Company's understanding that evidence has revealed that the principals of Cyberco had been allegedly perpetrating a fraud against numerous lessors and lenders including the Company. On November 30, 2004, the FBI filed an application to obtain a seizure warrant for $1,000,000 from a bank in Hong Kong, along with other assets transferred by the principals of Cyberco to other third parties and banks. On December 9, 2004 an involuntary bankruptcy petition was filed against Cyberco in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan. The Company has entered its appearance in the bankruptcy via local counsel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Trustee has filed a notice of possible dividends to creditors, although the amount is as yet undetermined.
The aggregate principal amount outstanding on the above referenced Agreements funded to Cyberco is approximately $14,000,000. Recently, the lenders for the four leasing schedules served demand letters on the Company for the principal amount outstanding on the Agreements. Because each of the Agreements was non-recourse with respect to the Company, the Company does not believe it is liable under the Agreements and to date has made no accounting accruals for any liability. The Company will continue to investigate any potential exposure it may have as a result of this situation and intends to vigorously defend any claim that may be made by any of the lenders.
"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this Current Report on Form 8-K, which are not historical facts, may be deemed to be "forward-looking statements" about matters relating to the Company's disputes with Cyberco and the aforementioned lenders. Although these statements are based upon the Company's current expectations and beliefs, they are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and outcomes to differ materially from those described in, or implied by, the forward-looking statements, including any future disagreements and other risks or uncertainties detailed in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
I'm no lawyer but I can't see any possible case that could be made against ePlus.
Non-recourse loan arrangements are standard financial instruments. The liability passes right through ePlus onto the lenders. The lenders are responsible for checking out the creditworthiness of the borrower.
Nice move today, if you are SHORT. This stock is starting to tick me off. When it didn't punch through 12.5, I was getting worried, but I thought it would bounce. Support according to Market Edge was 12.02... NOT.
I guess I'm a sucker, again... go ahead Hootie, told ya so's are in order.
Don't give up on this stock. I'm 95% sure that that within 5 months it will be trading above 15. The market has yet to recognize that this stock is undervalued. It is selling at just 90% of book value, and it is a solid and profitable business. The latest news just means that they will lose at the worst 14 million in revenues, on the 425 million that they have, which is only like 3%. Wait for management to start buying back stock. They haven't done so yet, and when they do, you'll see a move. I just bought more a few hours ago, bringing my average to $11.3. It has virtually no downside at this price.