I don't own the company anymore, but just think it will go down until they do the equity raise. Unfortunately, it's self-fulfilling and the equity raise will be much more dilutive the longer they wait. Perhaps they do converts to a large shareholder plus equity, but either way you really need zinc prices to truly stabilize, an equity infusion and better production out of Mooresboro.
if BBX mgmt sold their shares on the open market BFCF's ownership interest would go under 80% and they wouldn't be able to consolidate BBX, or use the net tax loss carryforwards. By buying the shares directly from management it means that this can't happen. Probably means that Levin wants to sell his BBX shares at some point and this was the easiest way.
Maybe someone can illuminate this better for me as I haven't really looked at it much since putting on an original position a year or two ago.
My understanding is that they are at most 25% of the coking coal market. Due to their technique they have no environmental emissions and are the cheapest operator. If US Steel or Mittal or someone shuts down a plant at the end of a contract, then I thought they would just contract with SXC for a different plant. I.e., the pending environmental regulations, the prohibitive cost of building new coking coal capacity and the steel manufacturer's existing very high cost of coking coal capacity would make anyone want to sign an agreement with SXC to take over their coking coal operations, rather than do it themselves.
Now, it's possible that the next contracts are at lower rates if these companies are out of business and the price of coal continues to go down, but there is no competition for SXC's services at a similar price level. At 25% of the market, they would need the existing blast furnace market to decline by 75% in order for them to not have any available customers. This is the extreme, but it just doesn't seem at all possible.
In general, the larger solar wins are coming in much lower margin business. The real key to watch is the Utility segment and the Energy Efficiency segments. They are growing very nicely at reasonable margins. The solar is extremely lumpy, and much lower margin.