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yes_free_will 3630 posts  |  Last Activity: May 18, 2016 6:53 PM Member since: Jul 27, 2000
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  • yes_free_will yes_free_will May 18, 2016 6:53 PM Flag

    The positives for this quarter were the statements that they will be gross profit positive going forward from here, and they did mention they were amenable to forming JVs and/or licensing to others as a mean to grow more rapidly (in lieu of more dilution). I'd like to see additional sourcing of feedstock... there was a comment about pushing more throughput and maximizing use of operation of their refining capacity. I believe if they can do that we will see real progress in profitability. I would like to know more about the additional product areas they are trying to develop....

  • yes_free_will yes_free_will May 6, 2016 9:26 PM Flag

    So Shrimp the bottom line is a lot of cost and risk has been stripped out of the company. I don't see the company having any risk of going down the tubes now unless a gross act of stupidity is forthcoming. One couldn't say that a year ago, and certainly not Nov 2014

  • yes_free_will yes_free_will May 6, 2016 9:23 PM Flag

    Shrimp - believe he was talking about the company as a going concern and NOT how well shareholders fared over the year. When Mssr Mamanteo and Ide 'took over' is about the point the company was going under due to the fiasco in New Jersey. The collapse in the price of oil wasn't constructive either. The company was also working out kinks in their technology and operations. So, they have come a long way as a company. But, you are correct. Shareholders who did not buy in the last offering are royally screwed. A lot of equity went down the tubes due to the fiasco that is New Jersey. No doubt about it.

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    get ready for the 3's!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by ships_ashore Apr 29, 2016 4:27 PM
    yes_free_will yes_free_will May 6, 2016 6:28 PM Flag

    Ships - so they announce they are hosting their earnings call on May 16 and mutter about using some of their $250K raised to file for their foot ulcer treatment. Let's see how the financing works out....

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    $7 tomorrow

    by xtremestks Apr 25, 2016 4:10 PM
    yes_free_will yes_free_will Apr 25, 2016 5:14 PM Flag

    The news that tablets will be in patients hands in "... a couple of weeks.." probably woke some of these people up and focused their minds.

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    Share dilution

    by elambrian Jan 29, 2016 11:11 AM
    yes_free_will yes_free_will Apr 24, 2016 11:08 AM Flag

    They need $7.1M to buy the germplasm piece they didn't get from Pioneer. Guess they have that now. Maybe they can bolt on another acquisition to diversify their forage focus to include a broader array of offerings than just alfalfa?

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    Roth Conference

    by crocgatr Mar 16, 2016 5:21 PM
    yes_free_will yes_free_will Apr 24, 2016 11:03 AM Flag

    CERE might make a good acquisition for SANW. They were also at the conference.

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    Positive Developments

    by yes_free_will Apr 9, 2016 2:52 PM
    yes_free_will yes_free_will Apr 14, 2016 8:24 AM Flag

    I agree. The bulk recycle, large batch recycle biz is commodity driven. The international licensing deals weren't going anywhere in the bulk recycle area until oil recovers -- maybe over $50//bbl -- don't know the economics of it. I know glycols are not tied strongly to the price of oil -- there are only a few large manufacturers of the basic stuff around, but it does influence the price.

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    by dennisrfm Apr 1, 2016 5:50 PM
    yes_free_will yes_free_will Apr 10, 2016 3:10 PM Flag

    IRM indicated they will now have $45 M/yr loss of synergies given the larger than expected divestments required to seal the deal. They get $220M for those divestments, which IRM indicated they would use to pay down their debt (deleverage). In the long run. Not a good development. Maybe the reason for the drop.

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    New loan and repayment

    by javierk1234 Apr 4, 2016 1:28 PM
    yes_free_will yes_free_will Apr 10, 2016 3:03 PM Flag

    It is a good deal if the brazil-denominated debt was relatively expensive when issued, but now is being bought back with cheap brazil currency (as reflected in the US dollars being used to buy it)

  • yes_free_will by yes_free_will Apr 9, 2016 2:52 PM Flag

    Looked through the latest report:
    - No longer talking about equity sales and need to raise additional cash/debt
    - Indications last quarter's loss was made worse by NJ closure causing plant to lose more than usual
    - They paid income tax for the quarter
    - Generated some cash before the stock sale
    - Write-offs make it unlikely they will make profit, but cash flow seems to be going in the right direction
    - No mention of outcome of bid or contract win that might generate another site in Texas region. No discussion on what became of it, or the international franchising mentioned previously.
    - S. Carolina is the new NJ. No surprise, but we received confirmation
    Still think Tex/Ark/OK/La has to be an area they are looking to expand into. Just seems to be in line with where they seem to be going

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    Earnings announcement

    by ksjcook Feb 23, 2016 9:31 PM
    yes_free_will yes_free_will Feb 24, 2016 6:03 PM Flag

    Too late. I picked up a few shares at $3.68 today. Be glad to do it again.

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    Accountability & Governance

    by idlskue Jan 29, 2016 12:08 PM
    yes_free_will yes_free_will Feb 21, 2016 4:49 PM Flag

    Idle, Recall seems to be the whole show that is tying up much of the effort. Maybe they needed people who know how to operate a REIT? Correct about the need for a positive outcome on the Recall merger.

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    Share dilution

    by elambrian Jan 29, 2016 11:11 AM
    yes_free_will yes_free_will Feb 10, 2016 7:45 PM Flag

    Brian.Book is $3.69/share. So the selling price adds to equity. The debt previously converted at six bucks, but reset to $4.60, where the debt converted to stock at $3.60/share I believe? So, I'll take $4.15. The debt also paid 8%. I believe this deal is a plus.

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    Closing down NJ plant

    by shrimpoordoeus42 Jan 4, 2016 1:21 PM
    yes_free_will yes_free_will Jan 20, 2016 8:12 PM Flag

    Shrimp - They had accrued $800K on their books as part of a settlement. I note that they will continue paying for the lease (equipment and site) this year. So let's say ~$65K/mo. Gets you close, no? I don't see how they get their $2M now. My guess is the landlord wants the industrial permit back from the company. I'm not sure what the write-off will be. I'm thinking of all the repairs and redos they did at the site. I lost count frankly. I could imagine an industrial green-field site in Texas where land is cheap, glycol and chemical plants/uses are extensive... If north Jersey was tempting due to the synthetics the N. Texas and the Gulf Coast has an extensive petro-chem biz with not dissimilar needs. I agree a better explanation of how they will go forward with their tech leadership is something for them to address. I'd like to see their cash position significantly improve as a first step. Getting rid of the NJ black cash hole certainly helped.

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    CEO David J. Ide

    by alphachildrenweargrey Nov 25, 2015 3:49 PM
    yes_free_will yes_free_will Jan 15, 2016 8:19 PM Flag

    Alpha - He missed his easy chance at $0 for GLYE. We were headed there before he showed. We don't have long to wait. Bring the subject up again when we get 2Q16 results in. You will either be vindicated or will be eating crow.

  • Reply to

    Volume is good

    by wlenaty Jan 14, 2016 10:24 AM
    yes_free_will yes_free_will Jan 14, 2016 7:13 PM Flag

    wienaty - look at the reservoirs at SABESP. As they keep going up, so will the stock. They should be in great shape by the end of the rainy season. Over 1/3 full now. Were at 5% two years ago.

  • yes_free_will yes_free_will Jan 12, 2016 5:05 PM Flag

    Tom - You know the funny thing is if they announce a partnering agreement for CLB20 to go with their prospective heart repair candidate they already announced, then the dilution risk going forward is small. The stock should be able to move back to close to 1 buck, if not there. They are spending $6M to expand the clean room, so they obviously are anticipating announcing additional business on the PCT side.

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    This is not bad news.

    by jca408harvard Jan 6, 2016 5:25 PM
    yes_free_will yes_free_will Jan 6, 2016 6:38 PM Flag

    Jca -- believe if they announce a partnership for CLBS20, say for example with Roche et al., then tomorrow's meeting would be a plus. This evening's announcement after earlier 'focusing' efforts smacks of desperation.

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    Closing down NJ plant

    by shrimpoordoeus42 Jan 4, 2016 1:21 PM
    yes_free_will yes_free_will Jan 5, 2016 9:34 PM Flag


    They finally cleaned up the map a bit. NJ is closed and the investment is written off. They stop losing $100K/mo, and the work/customers have been distributed to other centers, thus making them more efficient/profitable. So, a positive for cash flow, and they don't have to pay the other $250K the NJ landlord wanted. However, the investment write-off (be nice to know how much and when) will cut book value and cut any potential profit. That's okay. The investment was probably gone last year, but talking gave them a chance to move the work to other centers, beef up capacity and finish the restructuring. Now, does the book value go from 0.18/share to 0.08/share or lower? It is pretty obvious why they need the capital raise now.
    Some cryptic wording about expansion to Texas (if they win the bid), or else east of the Mississippi south or Midwest (say a corridor form Ala/Miss to Tenn and Indiana/Michigan? Some talk of profitability in 2Q16. It will be a positive to get more patents in place, but I'd settle for positive cash flow and continued top line growth. Getting past NJ is a step forward. Looks like the question now is whether they can get the margins, volumes and sales necessary to get to profitability.

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