No, what you should also give me the nod on the serious possibility that, no matter what Starboard does with QTM, history will show that it was a bad investment. You blame QTM management? I blame the fact that QTM management is stuck in a niche market, much of which seems to be shrinking, and doesn't have the resources to transition out of that niche to a "real" growth market. It seems to me that nothing that Starboard can do, short of injecting HUGE AMOUNTS of NEW capital will change that trajectory. New management won't change that trajectory. Only capital investment that fosters new product innovation will make a difference. Is Starboard doing that? No. To think that a company whose highest revenue side is a shrinking segment has great value without any sign of significant investment in product shift doesn't exactly scream "I'm a smart investor." More likely, its a sign of totally mis-reading QTM's niche business. Way to go, again, Starboard!
QTM announces positive financial news. QTM briefly spikes, then drops. Then, the market has a big up day. QTM closes flat on average volume. Hmmm, I wonder what major holder might be slowly selling? Could it be Starboard? Nah! They would never even think of selling slowly to reduce their position over the next year. They're in this to profit from QTM's bright future way out after 2016! They always make smart investments! I love Starboard! They're my heroes!
Position? Yes. Managerial influence? WHAT managerial influence?! They can't even manage to get all the board positions that they need until 2016! You call in managerial influence. I call it scrambling for a way out. The track record suggests that Starboard doesn't always make good choices. This absolutely has the signature of one of those. Oooo, QTM's down to $1.27! BUY! Duh...
Given all the turmoil in the industry, the VPCO report was surprisingly good, and indicates the right moves to be very well positioned. My 18yo non-smoker nephew (from a 100% non-smoking family) recently bought a vaporizer. He brought it out at a family party and all the relatives, regardless of age, thought it was awesome. Everyone loved the non-nicotine flavored e-juices. A GREAT sign of things to come!
Now, now, let's not blast ALL hedge funds. There does actually exists management at some corporations who have irrationally expanded their product reach will beyond areas of core competencies, where both shareholders and most employees would benefit from product line divestiture. Hedge funds are often required, if there's any hope of blasting apart the status quo. But, to anyone with a brain, Quantum's current products do fit within its core competencies, and a hedge fund that believes otherwise will only destroy the company and the dreams of American workers. However, EVERY corporation has employees and managers who relentlessly rationalize their existence, even though their product line shows no real hope for widespread market acceptance and sales growth, or their product line is stable enough that most of its project group workers are realistically no longer needed. One could argue that the latter is probably the case at every corporation, including Quantum. Fixing that latter problem does not require hedge fund leadership. It simply requires corporate leadership who actually takes the time to understand and admit to themselves the realities of their marketplace, and how each product line fits or DOESN'T fit into an aggressive growth strategy, without blindly following the inevitable job-preserving rationalization of the product managers. If management does not regularly conduct insensitive, realistic product line and project group evaluations, they are just begging for a hedge fund like Starboard to step in.
Kick Starboard out. Its time for a new investor.
Anyone who does a Google search on Starboard Value holdings can see that the J3SG link suggests that Starboard MAY have a problem identifying exceptional candidate companies for which they have the talent to increase (much less preserve) shareholder value? Time will tell. Starboard has already been given plenty of time. Perhaps QTM shareholders should do the opposite, and reject Starboard's board candidates, essentially telling Starboard to go away so that another major investor with a "fresh" approach to Quantum can come in and have a shot at REALLY increasing shareholder value? Just a thought.
The ONLY way? PLEASE?! Where's the revenue growth? Where's the innovation? Tapes? Commodity products? What a laggard! Wake up! Have you ever considered that this stock might be tanking just because investors are selling more shares than they are buying due to declining confidence in any plausible story for REAL revenue growth? It's obvious. They'd have a better story if they started making cinnamon rolls. Wow.
VPCO has been averaging about 2 press releases for every 30-day period. The last 30 days has been silent. This might just be the typical acquisition due diligence talks that always happen leading up to any IPO filing? Here we go...
So they'll regulate e-juice just like they already do with cigarettes. How boring and obvious. It didn't slow down smoking, and it won't slow down the sale of e-juice. It either must've been a slow day for "news", or some recently-hired college grad reporter was desperate to make their submission deadline! Now, back to that beautiful breakout wedge on the VPCO stock chart... :-)
Philip Morris has been getting some really bad press lately about how it appears to be on the decline. It desperately needs to restore shareholder confidence that it still has a bright future. One very simple and inexpensive way for PM to do that would be for them to acquire an e-cigarette company, not for revenue growth, but simply to restore its image of being in touch with the new generation of young adults. Read their press. It must be depressing for their shareholders.
PM desperately needs to restore shareholder confidence that it still has a bright future. PM really needs to acquire any e-cigarette company, not for revenue growth, but simply to restore its image of being in touch with the new generation of young adults.
From the sounds of it, hardly anyone on this board but you thinks this stock sucks. Here's the secret, my friend: By low, sell high.
Its awesome to watch the rise in VPCO volume since the great financial results call. Fund interest is clearly growing, and the stock is in that beautiful pattern of easing back causing some to panic but then leaping forward higher and higher. Its a sign that more and more daytraders are starting to smell the money. That's excellent for driving a high-growth company stock higher and higher each week. Not for the faint of heart, but investors in trendy stocks like this are usually highly rewarded and also have a great time enjoying the awesome ride!
What your comment does't value is that investors invest in individual companies and, but one company acquiring another company that has positive earnings, the acquiring company's earning automatically grow. And, with cost savings from synergies and other overlapping costs that can be eliminated, earning from acquired cash and investments, acquired industry advancements and patents that the acquiring company may be able to more effectively apply, etc., the earnings of the acquiring company may actually be able to grow faster than before. It's all about the growth growth of the individual company, within and beyond the industry that they are currently in. Savvy investors recognize and value that.
Look at AHIIs fundamentals and prospective market opportunities. From that perspective, when compared to VPCO, some investors might see VPCO as a much better risk than AHII.