They have a lot of options and stock but at much higher costs. I feel sorry for Scott Sikora who came on boards June 1 and got 750,000 options at $1.12. He got a colonoscopy on that one. And Lea and Knudson and the useless board have tons of options but at much higher prices. I did the math and diluted under $2.00 a share there are 150,000 million shares. Douglass and Bay City Capital ( one of their principals sits on our board ) have I am guessing 30% of the stock. My guess is they are going to sell this company before the end of the year at a price above $2.00. The need 6 months of progress and I think Hancock is leading that charge as he has a pile of options.
This is so friggen sad as they have a leading technology and they did not know what to do with it. I guaranty they next owners will know what to do. Lea and Knudson should be fired. They are not needed to sell the product and maybe the board can find someone with talent. 30 cent options are a great inducement.
I do not think we lost Irvine. Why would any center or doctor decide not to sell a product. I would think as usual that the ETRM website is misfiring...like the management
China is going to make a major move into LNG and LPG. They made a huge deal with Russia and now the U.S. is gearing up with new LNG and LPG facilities being built in the Gulf and on the West Coast. The new Panama Canal will open China up to East Coast gas. The U.S. burns off more natural gas than it uses and China will be a huge buyer because we have a ton of it. Why do they need syngas and the huge capital investment. For gas, all you need is a pipeline. Commodities are lower and Iran is going to sent the Chinese tons of oil. he do not need infrastructure.
And these are smart guys who covered write most of their positions...No one pays attention to this fund.
When they really like the natural resources they will be great puts sellers.
The amended A.D.A. now includes obesity as a disability. And the author of the article calls it a bright spot.
She must weigh a ton!!!!!
Deme Notice who the company spokesperson was today. Brad Hancock. Hope this is a sign that the BOD knows Knudson should not be the spokesperson for ALPO!!
The management is still dragging its feet in addressing what is going on with the company now that they have wrecked the market cap. I have never seen management and a Board act so poorly in my life.
At 35 cents Kevin Douglass and the other large holders are still losing a ton. I hope someone has the smarts to act before the latest capital raise vanishes.
PHK..A Pimco junk fund yields 15.60%. The yield in this is 5.74%..What am I missing? There is a 100% government Pimco Fund RCS that yields 11.60%. Again what am I missing?
Carl Icahn is right. This ETF is going bye-bye.
Lets look at this from the inside out. Management is useless as they have proven time and time again. Good clinical guys and useless businessmen. We all agree. I think they agree. But we are a company much like Apple. Apple manufactures nothing. All their components are made by QCOM et al. They invented all their products much like we did. We make nothing. We have it assembled. The key operating point here is an acquiring company has the expertise to manufacture so the cost structure is a lot lower. Marketing by a large company is easier and getting a pile of doctors as trainers like Scott Sikora is a lot easier. A well run operation could expand VBLOC sales exponentially and we would not have to wait for our slow assault on sales. I think all along the BOD and management had the sale of this company in mind once they got market acceptance, but we are too small and do not have the capital to really jump start the product. It is why I believe they have never sought a foreign partner as worldwide distribution is better than just Europe or Australia.
Today's PR has been in the works for months. This is not a knee jerk reaction to the share price and their financial ineptitude. If they can convince one insurer to cover the device that would put the company in play. Lacking that the power of a Medtronics or Thermo Fisher in working the reimbursement angle could be a lot better as they could lower the price. A manufacturing operation at Medtronics could make the VBLOC device a lot cheaper than we pay our one manufacturer. The patents protect us but the ingredients are not ours.
Knudson and Lea and the Board were looking for a huge pay day after the FDA meeting and the approval.
That I believe is now not in the cards. While my math says sales of 1800 units gets us to break even, I think
an acquiring company with marketing muscle could do that in a month.
Please that is quite incorrect. Management I believe is smart enough to know they would go to jail for that as all you need is one whistle blower. The CEO and CFO got caught up in all the press that the IR/PR firm did..and they did a great job and the boys drank the Kool Aid. There are disclosure rules that could put all the boys in jail. The BOD would be in real jeopardy.
Centers cost nothing. A lot of docs would love to be considered a center. The name of the game is trained docs and insurance.
The big guns as you say already have thousands of customers who they currently sell to who wold become centers. This is all about trained surgeons. Why do you think Sikora signed on.
Personally they could have 75 centers and 200 docs by 12/31. Lets see how it plays out. They can finance it until then.
They didn't have the capital to wait. Smart companies like VNR are buying good assets. Sad the price of VNR is at 52 week lows, but nothing in the space is not there.
Incompetent management even dumber bankers..Water seeks it's own level Han. The real killer is they had real good attorneys and great outside IR/PR firm and they did not listen to anyone. There may be some political #$%$ on the BOD but you will never find it. I just want to see who bought the deal and see if any SEC filings appear.
But the investment bankers are hacks who prey on small companies like ETRM. They make Bear Stearns look reputable. I doubt Kevin Douglass bothers with Yahoo message boards but he has a huge investment in this company and I doubt he is going to lose.
The guys who run the company are not capable businessmen. Our stock price here is a reflection of management in my view. Stock would rise $2.00 if the CEO and CFO were fired. A lot of us that I know implored the company to finance 6 months ago.Sell the whole ATM...That could have all been done over $ 1.00 with no warrants. Look what we got. The incompetence of this management still boggles my mind. For anyone who followed my comments I am sorry. I liked the company after the FDA presentation and thought management was on the same page. They never even opened the books.
Since the deal was preplaced I have to think some SEC violation occurred.Too many Metronics and Cyberonics people on the board as well as in the company. They could have borrowed 15 million with warrant coverage from any number of firms...Hercules for one...but they opted for an awful deal maybe with a gun pointed at their heads...A lot of conjecture on my part but the company has had nothing to say to all its shareholders and I think that is strange and a total error.